Do you read the acknowledgements in the front or back of books? The ones where the author thanks a list of people for their help in the writing of the book?
Before I embarked on this journey and before I had met anyone who had actually published a real live book I never read them. I mean, what was the point? It was just a list of people who meant nothing to me in the grander scheme of things.
But then someone I know actually got a real live book published *waves at Julie Cohen* and suddenly that acknowledgement page became meaningful. It became meaningful because my name was on it. Me. In a book. Being thanked for doing something I loved for someone I loved. I don’t think I could have been more chuffed than if it was my story between those covers.
And it didn’t stop there; to date at least four authors have thanked me in different books (and bless you Julie for thanking me in every one). It has meant that I know take the time to read those acknowledgements in books. Each one of those names listed now is a person to me. Were they at the end of the phone for a late night plotting session? There with a bottle of wine when their characters were misbehaving? Or the imparter of obscure knowledge?
It got me thinking… even if I never get my own stories printed I have been a part of other peoples. Maybe some academic in the future will wonder who is this person who is being thanked and write an obscure and little read dissertation on it. That is all right with me, because everyone likes to be acknowledged.