Public Thank You Note
It occurred to me recently that I might want to start putting together some acknowledgements, since OF POSEIDON will be in book form very shortly. That way, I can be a brown-nosing do-gooder and have it ready for when my editor inevitably asks for it.
But…aren’t acknowledgements supposed to be the easiest part of the whole book? ‘Cause ummm, they actually kind of suck. On the one hand, I’m so terrified of forgetting someone vital, crucial to the success of this project that I bought a notebook and pen specifically for articulating my thanks whenever my thanks hit me.
On the OTHER hand (and yes, I’m ashamed there’s another hand to it), I’m mulling over not including some people who *probably* expect to be mentioned. Oh sure, crit partners and supporters and die-hard readers and agents and editors will go in there, but not because I feel obligated to publicly thank them. No, these are the ones who go there without thought, because OF COURSE I’m so grateful for everything they’ve done to make this work a success and I know that without any one of them it might have fallen flat on its face.
But I’m talking about those other people, people who didn’t help at all, but who I feel obligated to add, just because they’re related to me, or because they might have read a single chapter of this book and gave a nice comment about it. Other people who didn’t support my writing at all (or very, very little), but who might be offended if their name isn’t mentioned.
And I’ve decided to not mention them anyway. Because I’m not a sell-out when I write, and to me, that includes acknowledgements. Besides, I don’t have sixty pages to include the post man from my previous address who said he can’t wait to read my book. I have to make room for the hard workers who made it possible for the post man from my previous address to read my book.
Sorry if that sounds snooty. 🙁