Writing Acknowledgments


I turned in my (fingers crossed) final manuscript draft last week, leaving me fully free to fret about all the moving details, most of which I have no control over.

So now I’m trying to concentrate on writing my acknowledgments and Author’s Note sections. This is a lot harder than I thought. Who do I thank? Do I thank my 3rd grade teacher for reading my first book, “Mr. Flags: Tap Dancer Who Lived in a Tree” aloud to the class? Do I thank that one class, where I got into an argument with someone who thought I should write like James Joyce, but some of whom had good comments? How much detail should I go into? Do I need to thank the anonymous Internet photographers for providing me with photos of Japan?

I’m going to have to read a few Author’s Notes/Acknowledgments and find out.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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