Have you ever failed to mention the name of very important person in your book acknowledgements?
Take a tip from Meryl Streep, who upon winning the Oscar for Best Actress, FIRST and foremost acknowledges her husband, Don. In fact, she said specifically she did not want his name played out with the music at the end of the acceptance speech. Listen to her heartfelt comments that start at 58 seconds in the video above.
Most authors would agree, their book would not be possible without a list of people who they wish to honor. Book acknowledgements usually are found at the beginning of a book and readers most often skip this part, unless, the reader is someone who is part of the book in some way. Have you ever found yourself looking through the book acknowledgements after serving the author over the course of years to find your name MISSING from the book acknowledgements section?
Or, worse, the book has gone to print, set in concrete, if you will, when you remember that one person, a mentor when you were a student, who was the genesis for your book and you forgot to mention him or her. What about the people who granted you interviews so you could turn their experience into stories? How about the "review committee" who painstakingly went through rough drafts?
How about those folks you want to mention in your dedication but that section is omitted from the book? Your husband or wife, your strongest supporter who was the first to read the chapter drafts? What about those silent champions of your book?
Often it takes a team to write a book. Editors, publishers, staff, support of friends and family and even detractors are the fuel in creation of a book.
There are even instructions on "How to Write a Book Acknowledgement." EHow.com suggests you brainstorm your list, use your instinct in selection, clarify and narrow down, and write a few short, sweet acknowledgement paragraphs. EHow.com also suggests sending a fruit basket to those who are on your short list. But why limit your thank you's to only a few when you can provide recognition to anyone who has contributed?
We live in a digital world and books are becoming digital gold. When the New York Times added e-books to their list of best sellers the publishing world changed forever. Specialized book tablets such as the Kindle and Nook as well as other digital readers continue to make books instantly accessible. One of the best things about digital media are links. This website is about providing instant links (that can be updated) to the pages and profiles of the people you acknowledge in your book, particularly digital books.
Recognition is a core human desire. Acknowledging contribution is investing in the "Relationship Riches" of the people who have invested their time, support, and energy into you and your book. You have written a book to enrich your reader in some way. Whether your book acknowledgements are at the beginning or end of your book, or to a link on a website detailing your thank you's and appreciation, remember Sherrie Rose's Motto: "The Real Currency is Relationship Riches."