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!)