Attention readers of books and author friends. I want to brainstorm and “crowd-source” something with you. What is your view of book acknowledgments? This is the page or two in a book where agent, editors and loved ones are thanked, where sometimes we read about the author’s fears or joys in writing, and sometimes we get snippets into an author’s life.
Some acknowledgments are at the front of the book; other times they appear in the back.
One little trick I heard (but haven’t tried) at a conference or in a how-to book is that one way to find an agent is to read the acknowledgments in books in your genre. Authors always thank their agents. And they sure do.
I recently read an author’s acknowledgments page where she thanked her dog!
Another author thanked someone who convinced her she really could write when she had her doubts. (The woman is a household-name author).
One author revealed in her acknowledgments that her husband had given her a real health scare.
Still other authors barely say anything in their acknowledgments. That disappoints me.
How about you? Do you even read this section of a book? If you do, do you have strong views or observations? Have you ever read anything there memorable? Is it a place you go to first before deciding to buy a book?
I’m in the process of penning acknowledgments for the book I plan to release later this year. I personally love reading acknowledgments pages and just wondered if others feel that way – or if they even give this topic a thought. Input?
I look at the Acknowledgements Page, but I don't always read it. If it is name after name (kind of like reading Jesus's family history in the Bible!), I turn the page. However, if it gives more detail into the why that person was important to them and does it with style, creativity, or humor, I am more likely to read it!
1/8/2016 06:17:11 pm
Thanks for you input, Debbie. I am taking my time writing this portion of the book for the very reason you state: You don't want to leave anyone out. Some authors include only those who directly contributed to the book in some fashion while others thank everyone but the kitchen sink. I lean toward the kitchen sink category. It does take a village!
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