Why have an Acknowledgement page in a book? To publicly thank all those that helped in the creation of a masterpiece. It is a place to give credit to those who contributed in some form or another.
I struggled with what to put in my first novel on the Acknowledgement Page. Then it occurred to me, for the first book and for finally realizing a dream—it was the authors that I have read for years, who I should acknowledge.
So, here is my Acknowledgment Page from THE BLOOD STONE QUEEN:
I love to read.
I have traveled to exotic places, traveled the world, even traveled to other worlds. I have gone back in time and seen into the future.
I was there when the crime was committed and was a part of the process in solving it.
I have fallen in love and been romanced.
I have cried, laughed, rooted for the hero and the Boys in the Boat.
Writing a story took me on the same journey, just as if I was the reader, but also on a different journey. I lived and breathed the story. I traveled from earth to Tetonisk. Shared in Janee's grief, in her struggles as she found herself, felt it as she fell in love. The characters were just as real to me as the people in my life.
Writing was so much more than just stroking keys and watching text appear on the screen. It was a revelation and the beginning of a long-time dream.
It was also a lot of work and a long process. Write, rewrite, edit, revise, edit some more, delete, change, add, struggle with scenes and characters, revise again. It seemed like a never-ending process. And if there are some errors in the book, I take full responsibility for it.
It is here that I acknowledge all the authors I have read, all the authors just starting. I applaud your dedication, your drive, your ability to continue on. I respect and appreciate your dedication, and most importantly your time. Thank you for the stories you bring to life, the characters who capture us, and for giving us something more than just entertainment.
The Author in all of us
There is a story inside. One that needs out and to be read by others. It's there and now it's time for it to flow from author to the reader. Join us as we celebrate Indie authors.