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Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Spotlight: Kaily Hart

  Dedications. Who reads them anyway?

I never much thought about dedications. I’d flip through the front of a book, eager to get to page one and if I saw one, I might scan it and flip on past. I never gave much consideration about what they contained or why an author might go to the trouble to create one. That was until I was asked by my editor what I wanted to include for the dedication in my first book. Honestly, I kind of blew it off. I wrote right back with something meaningful, but kinda generic. It was my editor (in that way she has) who asked if there was anyone special I wanted to acknowledge, would anyone be disappointed if I didn’t mention them and reminded me I’ll only ever have one first book. Huh. It gave me pause and it got me thinking. Perhaps these dedications were more purposeful that I’d thought. Perhaps there really were people out there who took note of them, found them interesting, actually read them! And she was right about something. There was only one first book. So I immediately got to work and wrote my first dedication and here it is:

I’d like to dedicate my debut book to all the aspiring authors out there. Every. Single. One of you. Don’t give up, just don’t, because all of you deserve to have people read the stories of your heart.  
I’d also like to thank Rula Sinara. Whether you know it or not, you’ve been my rock. I guess it was fate, my friend.
To Cari Quinn. You’re an awesome writer and have been so generous and supportive. I appreciate everything you’ve done.
And to D. See? I told you so.

I wanted to acknowledge the aspiring author first and foremost. I’ll never forget what it’s like to be there, how difficult it is, how much effort it takes just to continue to write each day. There were two writer colleagues I was especially thankful for and I wanted to acknowledge them specifically. And D? Well, that would be hubby…:-)

I’ll include a dedication for each of my books moving forward, I think. And if no-one reads it? Well, that’s OK because I know it’s there and it’s the special something I wanted to say at the time.

So…do YOU read dedications?


Allison Chase said...

Good morning, Kaily! First of all, what a hot cover! Second of all, I do read dedications and acknowledgements - I'm interested. My current book is dedicated to one of my English professors in college, who once asked if I'd ever considered romance writing! At the time I said no!

To answer the question, Rula Sinara.

Molly Daniels said...

I also read the dedications Kaily:) It's fun to see who has inspired the authors along their journeys.

Maureen said...

Sometimes I read the dedications and sometimes I'm in such a hurry to get to the story that I don't pay attention but it's still nice to acknowledge those who made a difference to your writing.

Kaily Hart said...

Hey Allison, thanks on the cover, although of course I can't take any of the credit :). Glad to hear that you like to read the dedications and that they're meaningful to you too!

Molly, that's great. I've found these can be quite illuminating and another window into the author.

Hi Maureen, yeah I know what you mean. I'm often eager to just get the story underway...

Cari Quinn said...

Aww, Kaily, I stopped by to read your post and was shocked to see my name in the dedication of Picture This. I own a copy but because I'd read it before it was published, I never checked out the dedication page. And what I missed out on! Thank you so much for your sweet dedication!

I've often thought that our paths on this crazy journey are remarkably similar and I'm so glad we met. I think you're an awesome author too and I can't wait to see what comes next for you! :)