I dedicate this book to

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Who doesn’t love a good book dedication? When an author goes beyond thanking the obvious people (parents, spouse, or editor) and ventures into the cloaked or clever, it’s a glimpse into their personal life. Harry Potter fans know what I’m talking about. All of JK Rowling’s books have had the dedications dissected. (That’s how we know who the godmothers of Swing are in the dedication to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.)

There’s even an entire book dedicated to book dedications.

Many writers find this part of their book quite vexing. In fact, both The Guardian newspaper and The Daily Telegraph have written about the pressure associated with writing the dedication.

“…Generally, when analysing a book’s dedication, the discerning reader concerns himself with just two questions:

Is the book dedicated to me?

Is it dedicated to anyone I could plausibly claim to know?”

-by Tim Dowling for The Guardian

We’ve noticed that many Blurbarians have added dedications to their books. Some are really, really personal. What makes you add one or leave one out?

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  1. i think of a dedication as the one place where you can personally thank the people you were a total A$$ to during the writing process…or as I like to say, it’s where people get to know really where your heart/head is during the process. Even if you were being a jerk.

    By voodoo
      July 6, 2007 – 11:49 am   Permalink

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