Reading Cover to Cover
As a freshman, I learned that our high school yearbook had a section for seniors to write ‘blurbs’ with personal messages, quotes, and sports or club allegiances. I poured over these blurbs, chock full of esoteric references and inside jokes, and began plotting.
Over the next two years, I spent many a class period–usually math– drafting and revising my senior blurb. To whom would I give a ‘shout out’? Who would mention me? It was high school politics at its finest.
Ironically, by the time my senior year finally rolled around, I had lost interest in writing a senior blurb and my yearbook went to print with only my photo, name, and address.
Which brings me, in a meandering way, to my topic today: Author Acknowledgments. For some reason, I still maintain a bit of my former high school dorkiness because I just love reading the acknowledgment, foreward, and dedication pages. For me, these pages are small windows into the author’s life, and I am compelled to read them.
Like the senior blurbs from days of yore, most of the references fly right over my head, but still I read on. Sometimes an author will thank his or her readers, and I’m always happy for the ‘shout out’.
I can’t possibly be the only reader who reads books cover to cover, right? Surely you’re out there reading the acknowledgment pages too, right?