Monday, December 13, 2010

"And I'd Like To Thank The Academy..."

Julie Musil wrote an interesting post this weekend about book dedications which got me thinking.  Isn't it interesting how some books have short dedications while others stretch long paragraphs, even pages.  Others don't even have any.  Some are humorous; others are serious, even poignant.  For CAPTIVE SPIRIT, I went the short and sweet route.  Mine was two words. 

I guess I always feel that book dedications are so personal.  That is why mine got right to the point.  I wanted to dedicate my book to the person who was most instrumental in helping me write it.  If I had thanked every single person who helped my writing career, my dedication would probably have been at least 100 pages.  Okay, maybe not 100 but pretty darn close.

While I chose the short and sweet route, I always read a book's dedication--short, long, or in-between, I don't care.  I'll savor every word.  When you consider how hard it is to write a book, not to mention getting it published, I always figure an author has a right to dedicate her book any dang way she pleases.

How about you? To whom will you/do you dedicate your next book?  As a reader, do you care about the dedication/acknowledgements? Do you bother to read them?

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17 comments:

Leah Braemel said...

I read the dedications and acknowledgments. (Though the multiple page ones may be scanned more than read.)

Angelina Rain said...

As a reader, I only read the short dedications. Only for nonfiction I read the long ones. As an author, my dedication for my book will be simple, but I plan to have a large ‘thank you’ on my blog.

Eleri Stone said...

I've always skipped them. I ended up adding one to my book last minute when prompted with an "Are you sure you don't want to add a dedication? It's your first book." I admit I didn't really get it then but I do find myself reading them now.

Maria Zannini said...

I'll read them if they're short, but generally I view dedications as something private between the author and the other party. I'm just a voyeur.

Acknowledgments are different. These are usually reserved for people who helped the author with something substantial in the book and I almost always read those even if they're long. Anyone who gets listed in the acknowledgments must have done a great deal for the book in order to be so eminently remembered. And I'm fascinated by what they contributed.

Nicki Elson said...

I generally give 'em a look. But if it's long and not written in a cheeky or otherwise interesting maner, my eyes glaze over and I stop. But I know that sort of thing means the world to the people who are acknowledged, so I don't begrudge the author. Just don't feel like reading it.

I was (and still am) so in awe of and flattered by my editor's dedication to my story that I dedicated the whole book to her. And I kept it short & simple...more than two words though. ;)

Julie Musil said...

Hey Liz, thanks for the mention!

I love reading book dedications (unless they're really long). Behind every author is a string of family and friends who (likely) supported them through their journey.

Jennifer Lane said...

You'll thank the academy? Hee hee. I just realized that I didn't write a dedication for my first novel but just stuck to the acknowledgements to express my thanks. I'll have to think about that for my second novel.

Candyland said...

I always read acknowledgements. I think they tell a lot about the writer. I would thank Bert McCracken of the Used because I had THE moment when listening. You know, the one that basically tells me how to end the thing.

And my cat. Because #hesucks

robindejarnett.com said...

My dedication is short - it's not so much a thank you as a tribute. The acknowledgments are longer, and definitely thank yous, though still no more than a page.

I read the dedication in hardcopy books, but if an ebook starts on the first page of text, I don't go back looking for the dedication. I skim the acknowledgments, but don't pay a ton of attention to them unless I'm looking for something specific - like an agent's name.

grumpybybirth said...

I love reading the dedications. It tell's you alot about the author I believe. I might skim through the list of names but I read everything else.

DEZMOND said...

I've recently translated a book in which the author thanks his parent for giving birth to him so wise and talented :) and he wasn't kidding about it at all, he was dead serious :)

Liz Fichera said...

Interesting comments! Seems everyone has a slightly different reason for reading/loving/liking them. And Dezmond, seriously?! I can't imagine thanking my parents for giving birth to me. That is a plain weird (and vain?) dedication/acknowledgement. Something lost in translation, maybe? ;-)

Twimom227 said...

Fun topic. I never ever cared about the dedications until I became a book blogger. Now that I've taken the time to "meet" authors and other bloggers/reviewers, it's fun to find out who/why the dedicate a book. It's fun to see names I recognize as well.

Nas Dean said...

Hi Liz, I read the dedications. Nowadays I get super excited when I recognize a name mentioned in a dedication!
BTW, thanks for the follow.

Liz Fichera said...

TwiMom and Nas, I think that's part of the fun too--recognizing a name. It always means more when you know the author too. Nas: You're welcome for the follow! Glad you popped on over at the e-Harlequin blog too.

Joanna St. James said...

of course just to creep you out I will dedicate it to you.
I think I will go the long route for my 1st book. I have loads of drama queens who would throw a fit if they are not mentioned.

Amos Keppler said...

I made dedications early in my career, but I stopped doing it. My story would always be confused with the given author even though it was nothing like his or her book.

I learned that publishers' consultants were very much creatures of habit and routines that way, though.