Monday, April 12, 2010

Honesty in Dedications

Let's be honest...
Who really deserves the credit for getting you through that book?
When it all comes down to it, what really got you through the minutes, hours, days, months and years from that first word on the page to completed manuscript, or better yet, printed and bound copy with that legit publisher's logo stamped in gold on the spine?

Mine would be hot cocoa and preschool. Seriously. I get so much more done with them in my life. It's nice to be so simple.


Alesa Warcan said...

What spurred that thought?
hot cocoa and preschool... That would indeed make a good dedication:
"This book is dedicated to hot cocoa and preschool, without which this book would have taken much longer in getting done."
I'll drink to that! But not hot cocoa for me, merely Rooibos tea.

Yes, it's me. said...

Unless someone taught you on a certain subject - or, in my case my Mom or another loved one that encouraged your writing...I'm with you. An honest dedication like that would be awesome.

Yes, it's me. said...

Ooooo! You've seen 'Clueless', right? I always loved the scene where the teacher told everyone how many tardies that they had that semester. The kid with the most tardies stood up and said:

"This is so unexpected, I, uh, I didn't even have a speech prepared. Uh, but I would like to say this: Tardiness is not something you can do all on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. Uh, I'd like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the L.A. city bus driver for taking a chance on an unknown kid, and, uh, last but not least, the wonderful crew at McDonalds for spending hours making those egg McMuffins, without which I might never be tardy."

Paul Michael Murphy said...

I'd like to thank myself for writing this book and for revising it over and over again and for editing it a bunch and for letting other people read it and for making more changes based on their feedback and for writing query letter after query letter and for dealing with all the rejections and not letting them get me down (too much) and for sticking with it and believing in the book and myself and for writing when I'd rather be watching Celebrity Apprentice. I did that. Me. So, thanks, me.

Kate said...

I'd have to thank children who go to bed when they're told!

Lily Cate - I just awarded you the "Beautiful Blogger Award." Details on my blog.

Mary Witzl said...

It really would make a nice change to see a book dedicated to the author by the author. But I'm guessing my family would be pretty pissed off if I tried this myself.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Mary Witzl, funny! My answer might be like PMM's. Or something totally goofy like my blogging friends. They take up my time and yet it is encouraging too, to have them actually know I am doing it and know how @#%! hard it is.

Hanna C. Howard said...

What a pretty blog you have!

I agree. Simplicity can be so underrated. But I might have to thank coffee before cocoa.