That is my question for you. You’ve just finished reading a book that you love and you’re wishing you had just a little more from the author. You turn the page and there it is – those extra words you’ve been looking for. No, they aren’t more of the story but it’s more words from the writer. That connection with the writer, sometimes the only real connection you can get, is waiting for you. All you have to is read the heartfelt words in front of you.
How many of you read the author acknowledgement after you’ve read the book? I make sure to do so every time. I look at this part of the book as a bit of an eye into the writer’s mind. Sometimes it’s a simple list of names that were helpful/integral to writing the book; sometimes it’s a glimpse into the idea that sparked the story. Whatever it is, I’m happy to read those words.
Some of my favorite author acknowledgments are Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Neil Gaiman. Each author has their own way of writing this page which makes it that much more enjoyable for me. S.K. thanks his “constant reader” as well as provides a brief background of the story; Joe Hill aligns his to fit with the story just read; and Neil Gaiman can give a great reason how the story came to be. All of this allows me the reader to get to know the writer just a tiny bit more. As a reader who will more than likely never meet these writer, something I’m grateful for and can never get enough of. Thanks to the writers out there and keep the acknowledgment pages coming!
So, if you don’t read the acknowledgments, maybe give it a try next time. If you do, why do you like to read them and who are your favorite?