Monday, July 30, 2012

The Acknowledgments Page

I've been working on my acknowledgment page today and I have to say every time I do one of these it makes me feel very humble.

You see, there are so many people that help me make my books the very best they can be.  Editors, beta readers, critique partners, people that helped me with research, and always, always, my family.

The hard part is I'm always afraid I'm going to forget someone.  Each time I get to this point I think, boy, I wish I would have kept a running list.  Next time I will.  And that's what I'm saying again.  I wish I would have kept a running list.  Oh well.  I for sure will do that next time.  Haha.

Part of me wants to put all of my regulars from this blog on my acknowledgments page.  You have been such a great support to me this year and it's been so fun to get to know you better.  Thanks for all you did!

So here's my question to you:  Do you read acknowledgment pages in books?  Why or why not?

10 comments:

Melanie Conklin said...

YES! Always. I read because as a reader, I am curious about where the author is from, what their background is, and how cool they are. I read because as a writer, I'm curious about their journey to publication, their agent, what kind of resources they used, etc. I find them fascinating, informative, and very much part of the book experience.

Jon Spell said...

I had a profound comment to make, but then I saw that Melanie made all the points I wanted to make. (Jon tips his hat to Melanie.)

I have to confess additionally that on Covenant books, I look for the names of other authors I know.

Debra Erfert said...

Yeah, I read them too, basically for the reasons Melanie and Jon stated. That page(s) gives us an insight into what your life has been like over the past six? months or so while you've been writing, suffering, rewriting, editing, rewriting, and waiting for your book to finally be finished. In a weird sense we're kind of a stalker, but harmless ones.

Gina said...

I usually do, especially if I enjoyed the book. I like seeing how many people it took to support the author in their work.

Jon Spell said...

Debra: mostly harmless.


Ford Prefect's Description of Earth


Note: I'm using Jordan's post to help with this. Usually I'm too lazy and just paste the URL in. Also, funny is that in the preview box, my comment bleeds out of the box. =)

Debra Erfert said...

Jon: when I preview my comments, they've been doing that for months. I thought it was just me.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Well, all of the comments makes me think I need to make my acknowledgment page something really awesome.

And Jon, I appreciate you posting the link. It always makes me feel really smart when I do stuff like that. ha!

Lindzee said...

I read the acknowledgments page mostly because I am a little OCD. I don't feel like I have "finished"a book until I've read the back blurb, dedication page, acknowledgments, about the author, and anything else that is text and English. :-) I'm weird like that.

Tamera Westhoff said...

I always read it, but usually it's because I'm looking for Danyelle's name. It's so cool to see someone you know in a book!

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Lindzee, that's okay, we embrace the weird.

Tamera, I haven't read anything of Danyelle's, but I hope you'll read something of mine sometime! :)