Thank you, and you, and you…

Posted on 07 March 2011

Most writers succumb to the occasional daydream about certain aspects of being a published author. Maybe they mentally craft their dedication pages or fantasize about elaborate (and unrealistic) book launch parties.

All that stuff does sound fun…until you have to do it. That’s when the pressure is on to not screw up.

Take the acknowledgments page. I admit it; I love reading the acknowledgments, particularly from debut authors. But now that I’m trying to craft my own, I’m tempted to simply write, “Thanks to everyone I know or have ever met,” and call it a day.

While working through the first draft, my thought process went something like this:

She had such an influence on me as an early writer, but not for this particular book. Should I include her? If I thank him, or her, then I should also thank those 12 other people, right? Well, I definitely don’t need to include this person. Probably. Maybe. I better include him anyway to be safe. Agh! I wrote a collection of short stories; I didn’t end homelessness. Maybe I should take this less seriously. On the other hand…won’t this person be a little hurt if I don’t include her? But isn’t it tacky to thank too many people? I bet there’s a blog out there making fun of authors’ excessive acknowledgment pages. I should probably go look for it. Right now.

Mostly, I’m grateful for the fact that I do have so many people to thank, as well as many others who won’t be called out specifically in the acknowledgments but who nonetheless played a role in my development as a writer and/or these stories.

In the meantime, to cover all my bases — thank you!

Photo: hellojenuine.

7 responses to Thank you, and you, and you…

  • margosita says:

    Sometimes I daydream that my dedication page will read, “For Me.” Just to be cheeky.

    The acknowledgments is trickier. Best of luck! Will you thank the cats for all of their hard modeling work? Just a thought… ;)

  • lisahgolden says:

    I haven’t thought about what I would write, but since I’ve become (relatively) serious about writing, I find that I read authors dedications and acknowledgements with more attention to detail.

  • Deb says:

    I guess I’m a jerk because I usually skip over the acknowledgments. Once in a while I’ll glance but I just don’t feel connected enough to hang out. I know. I do read dedications though.

  • Downith says:

    Are you sure those cats can’t read? They look pretty smart.

    Why don’t you ask Betsy? (seriously)

  • glasseye says:

    That’s a fabulous problem to have. And I’m with Downith; when in doubt, ask our Betsy.

  • Teri says:

    I’m an acknowledgements-reading nerd. It’s the 2nd thing I read, right after the jacket flap — sometimes even before I buy the book. I love how many different ways there are to go about it.

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