When I read a book I usually skip the acknowledgements section so I can quickly get to the first chapter. Besides, when I chose to read the book I was more interested in learning about the book’s message than in reading about the people who helped manifest it into print from the author’s original concept.
Now that I dedicate so much time towards helping authors manifest their own concepts into print, I realize just how significant the acknowledgement section is to authors…and just how many people are involved in the publishing process.
Some of the people authors tend to include on their acknowledgement page are:
- the people who inspired them to write their book,
- the accountability partners who pressured them into finishing the book once they started,
- the professionals who allowed the author to rent their brain and skills to produce the manuscript and the published book, and
- sometimes they’ll even name the companies or non-profit organizations they partnered with to make their book a reality.
Although I have not done any qualitative research to support this, I seriously suspect that the authors with the longest lists of supporters and helpers are more successful than the authors who try to write, publish and promote their books on their own. I believe this is true for both independent and traditionally published authors alike. I don’t mean that the authors with the longest acknowledgement sections in their book, but the authors who include other people in their writing, publishing and promoting process. And not just adding people to their team to increase the number of people, but adding people to their team that actually offer something of value.
There are a lot technology and resources available that allow authors to write, publish and promote their books on their own, but I don’t think it is a good idea to make this a solo venture.
To get an idea of who you could be incorporating into your writing, publishing and promoting team, I recommend that you read my earlier post: “Who Is on Your Publishing Success Team?”
Question: Who are some of the people in your life that are helping you make your book publishing dreams a reality?
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