One Night In Buenos Aires has been sent off to the copy editor, so things are moving along. According to my editor, he can just insert the dedication and acknowledgements once I get the copy edits back.
No, it’s not really a “what?” kind of moment. I knew this was coming. I’ve even thought about it. You know how when you were a kid and you practiced giving your acceptance speech when you won that Oscar? No? Just me?
*slinks off stage*
In all seriousness, I’m kind of flustered over this, and I now completely understand what all those celebrities mean when they say you get up there, faced with thousands of your peers and millions of viewers, and you inevitably forget to thank someone, even if you prepare a speech beforehand. Totally a first world problem to have, but whatever. Humor me.
There are so many people I could thank, and probably should, but the list of people I should thank is really quite small.
It’s my first book, and the temptation to thank everyone who has ever shown any modicum of support in this endeavor is strong. But it wouldn’t make sense. I recently finished Mary Ann Rivers’ newest release, Laugh, and in her acknowledgements it was all people who had somehow helped in the production of that particular book. It makes sense, if you’re anticipating a long publishing life full of ISBNs. There was her agent and her editor (naturally) as well as her critique partner and the people who had helped her on the research end of things. There were a few of her other writer friends, for the support they showed during the process of the book, even if they didn’t contribute suggestions and criticism.
I think that’s an important thing to remember, the people who helped distract you when the whole process threatened to overwhelm you. A healthy writer is a productive one, and thanking those who dragged you away from the laptop is the least you can do.
Inevitably, I’ll forget to thank someone and then, after it’s turned in, worry that whoever I forgot will be insulted and hurt and pout at me the next time I see them. I have a feeling the acknowledgements for this first book will be short.
You’ll just have to wait and see 🙂