An acknowledgments section is somewhat of a dedication, but not the dedications section, where you list who and how certain people influence or inspired you to write your book. (The dedication section is the small page after that says things like “to my children,” end.)
Include everyone who you want to thank in helping create your novel. In other words, without them, there would be something lost or missing in your book.
You can start with more formal thanks or begin with people who supported you for free.
Formal names are your publisher, book editor, cover design, and anyone else you paid to create your book. They’re just as important as the people who supported you for free. It doesn’t matter what order you name them in.
Where do you put it and how long should it be?
You can put it at the front. This shows you’re acknowledged how important they are by placing them first in the book.
You can put it at the back. Some eBooks instead have their forward or acknowledgment section at the back, so the reader can jump right into the story with no distractions. It’s a marketing technique.
Either way, the best acknowledgements are the ones that are full pages long. One page or two proves how much you appreciate your supports. Who’s going to believe a one lined thank you? That’s almost a dedication! You should always explain why you’re thanking them and what they are to you!
How to acknowledge creatively:
–Be yourself. How would you speak to the people you are acknowledging? This section is for them after all, and you want it to sound natural.
–Be funny. Where it fits, if you have an inside joke that you’d like to bring up for old time sakes, do it! They are hilarious to read!
–Bring out the poet in you. If that’s what it takes to express your gratitude, then so be it. Tell them that they were the stem to your delicate flower.
–Have variety. Mix serious with casual. You can stick to the serious mode if you want, but the more heart-felt it is, the more believable it’ll sound. If you’re just a serious person all around, then maybe write it that way.
If anyone helped you FINANCIALLY pay for your book, it’s especially important to list them here. No exceptions.
This is their place to shine! Have fun with it!
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