Or should it be kept a secret?
I have been debating this for a while now with the advent of my WIP revisions, which in the end, included more information in the summary on its page here on my site, than I had originally included.
First of all, writers and authors, I will say this now...NEVER hold back the plot details/secrets/twisties from your agents and editors. They won't thank you for it and it won't help you sell the concept to them.
But what about selling the concept to the audience, the reader? Do they need to know everything before they open the book? Or should they stumble onto the twisty, secretive plothole (I made that up...might add it to the Urban Dictionary!) where something completely unexpected happens or is revealed?
This is partially why I've decided to completely rewrite my current WIP and rename it, for clarity and openness. I hadn't wanted give up the deep, dark secrets in my summary on the site, but no matter how I tried to work out the words, the summary was just not doing the story justice and was seriously pissing me off. So I totally trashed the summary and redid it, reflecting the story's new title and POV, and including the juicy secrets.
Will I include these on the back cover when it is published one day? I don't know. Do I want my readers intrigued and wanting to keep reading to find out what is going on? Yes, so in a sense I am still torn on just how much of the secrets to lay out to the public out of fear that if they read it on the back cover they'll just put it down. After all, the reader has to journey with the characters to reach the conclusion, and how much fun is it if you as a reader already know what is going to happen?
What do you think? What is your stance on secretive plots or openness? I'd love to hear your opinions!