I’d Like To Thank The Academy…

…ha ha ha. No.

It’s just that time in the book production process where I need to get my dedications and acknowledgments written. I never know what to say, quite honestly – I’m always afraid I’m going to leave someone out or hurt someone’s feelings.

The obvious people to thanks are always obvious – family members, editors, agents – the usual professionals.  My beta readers. My blogging groups. The people who have been in the trenches and know the sorts of hurdles that a writer faces.

But then you get into the nitty gritty – people who helped me with research, for example. Or gave general support and venting space when I needed it. The ones who overlooked my grouchy days and my whining days and the days where nothing seems to go right.

The people who make me laugh.

Hell, some days I’m just grateful that anyone actually wants to talk to me. I should just keep a notepad. “Jane said HI today. She’s nice. She’s going in my acks!”

(And this is why my list is so huge – I always end up having to pare it down.)

Even aside from that, books are about the readers. When it comes down to it, I’m the one who’s putting the words on the page – but without the readers, what would be the point? If a book goes unread, is it still a book?

Which I guess is my roundabout way of saying 1) I suck at writing acknowledgments and 2) thanks to anyone who’s reading my books. 🙂

And randomly? It’s Star Wars day. May the Fourth be with you and all that…  (NERDS, all of you!)

 

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2 Responses to I’d Like To Thank The Academy…

  1. WOL says:

    You want some man candy, google images for “Ruben Cortada Julipet” and see what you get. Just sayin’
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  2. Rhianna says:

    🙂 I actually LOVE to read the acknowledgements. I love seeing who has helped get a book out there, especially when it’s a book I love. You’re so right about thanking the readers though too. It’s a mutual thing. We love the work you’ve put into entertaining us! I can honestly say I always grin when I see ‘thanks to my readers’ because most of the time I know it could just have my name there, I do the rabid fan too well. I actually was thanked by name for the first time in a book’s acknowledgements this year and it was kind of the proudest moment of my life. I had to hold back from buying a bunch of copies and sending it to my family and friends as if it were MY book. lol I didn’t even know my author buddy was going to do it either so it was is middle of the night holding in a squee moment when I discovered it on release day.

    Looking forward to seeing your next acts and happy SW day to you too!
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