My Favorite Page of Any Book
The first page I turn to when I pick up a book is the acknowledgements. I read it again when I’ve finished the story. My favorite acknowledgements are the ones in debut novels, because those are the books that most writers have took the longest time to write. I love learning about the family members, friends, and fellow writers who supported them through their journey from first draft to published book.
Before I was ever offered a book contract, I’d spend hours working on my own acknowledgement page. And the list of people who should be mentioned is very long. It includes anyone who ever said “I’d like to read that” when I told them what my book was about, family members no longer living, all my family members still alive, friends, acquaintances, my husband, my dog, and that one couple I chatted with at the airport who were thrilled to meet an author.
It would also include a slew of other writers. The thing that has surprised me the most in this business is the support and mentorship that other writers offer. Romance writers in particular practice the idea of reaching behind them to lift others up while they themselves climb the career ladder. I still thank the lucky start that lead me to Romance Writers of America and my local chapter way back in 2007. My debut novel comes out next year, so it’s been a long and eventful journey, but I wouldn’t change it.
I am exactly where I need to be at exactly the right time and that couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for all the wonderful writers who propped me up when I needed encouragement, who offered advice when I was lost, and who were always available to celebrate every small victory, or help drown my sorrows when challenges turned into obstacles and then dead ends.
So this November, the thing I am the most grateful for is everyone who supported me through this journey, but especially my fellow writers. Seriously, I could not have done this without you and when I finally get to craft my acknowledgement page, I’m going to have to ask for extra space or use a very small font.
Who do you always include/would you always include on your acknowledgement page?