Do you read acknowledgements in books?


I was thinking about this when I was launching my own book.

Who do you thank and will they know you thanked them (which isn’t why you do it but you want them to feel thanked if you thank them, don’t you?)

I always read them.

I’m not sure if I always have but I think so…I’m also a huge huge fan of the Oscar/Emmy/Award night thank you speech. I love these. I remember formulating my own responses in my early teens (when I actually believed I would win an Academy Award for best screenplay…but I digress).

I read acknowledgements in books because I know how hard it is to write a book and how many people you need to buoy you along.

Similarly I now know how hard it is to write acknowledgements. I had a couple of people I left out of mine because I thought including them seemed self-serving or would be perceived as such, so people I wanted to thank I didn’t.

Overall though you want the right people to feel appreciated and no one’s feelings to be hurt.

So here is my question – do you read acknowledgements?
And if you could put it in print who would you thank for your accomplishments?

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Rachael Johns
5/30/2012 10:20:45 pm

I ALWAYS read acknowledgements. LOVE them and I put a lot of thought into writing mine too.

6/3/2012 11:25:03 am

I always read the acknowledgements, too, and I’m not an author. I don’t know why I like to read them, but I suppose because it gives a little insight in to the author.

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