Let’s take a peek at the cogs inside the machine and talk about why I write and how I write on Behind the Scenes Sunday! Today I’d like to talk about one of my favorite parts of the publishing process — the act of dedicating books.
The dedication page is probably the first page I flip to in any book I pick up. Here are just a few of my all time favorite dedications:
“In the vastness of space and immensity of time, it is my joy to spend a planet and an epoch with Annie.”Cosmos, by Carl Sagan
“To all those who lead monotonous lives, in the hope that they may experience at second hand the delights and dangers of adventure.”The Secret Adversary, by Agatha Christie
“You know how it is. You pick up a book, flip to the dedication, and find that, once again, the author has dedicated a book to someone else and not to you.Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
Not this time.
Because we haven’t yet met/have only a glancing acquaintance/are just crazy about each other/haven’t seen each other in much too long/are in some way related/will never meet, but will, I trust, despite that, always think fondly of each other!
This one’s for you.
With you know what, and you probably know why.”
Dedications have been included in written works as far back as classical antiquity. I am proud to carry on that tradition. In fact, one of my greatest joys as an author has been getting to pen my own dedications to those who are closest to me.
If you’re interested in seeing who my latest book is dedicated to, I have great news: Hungry is the Night is now available for preorder on all major ebook platforms! Visit the link here to order your copy in advance and, if you send a copy of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org, I will send you back an exclusive excerpt of the book! Three full chapters of wolfy goodness for you to enjoy!