Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dedications & Bios -- Yikes!

For anyone who has ever agonized over a book dedication -- either in the reading or writing of it, read this article. I now plan never to dedicate a book again. I had no idea how many people might be offended by being left out.

And if that didn't give you a case of literary anxiety, consider the craft of writing your literary bio, as this helpful website has. I didn't even know you could put that much into your bio. Now I'm worried. I've been using the same boring string of literary credits for years now. Who knew I was supposed to have a personality in my bio. Think of yourself as a brand, as this About article suggests. Yikes!


  1. Anonymous2:23 PM

    That first article you linked to, about dedications, was very funny-- because it is so blessed true.

    - Kelly in Nebraska

  2. Kelly -- isn't it? This was my favorite paragraph:

    Meanwhile, there is the long tradition of beloved pets. Colonel Buchanan dedicated Sahara (1926) to "Feri n'Gashi, Only a camel, But steel true and Great of Heart". And here's Larry McMurtry - grappling with split loyalties perhaps - "For Leslie, for the use of her goat." (The Desert Rose, 1983).

    I'm seriously considering dedicating my next book to "the Silky Terrierists, Keegan and Nissa."

  3. Anonymous8:17 PM

    You really have to wonder about that guy and his camel...