At a book signing one time, a girl was perusing my novel Raincloud when a man sidled up to her and said, “You can tell how good a book is going to be by its dedication”.
This, I have to admit, was something I was quite unaware of.
The man then smirked at me, picked up my book, and read its dedication aloud:
“To the Bearded One is the Sky
Or in the Ground
Or Wherever You Call Home These Days”
He looked a little astonished. I have a feeling that it wasn’t what he was expecting.
Dedications bestow a high honour on those who have inspired us. Whether it be that certain teacher, a close family member, or anyone else who pushed us on with unwavering support, thanking them in permanent ink is our way of giving back.
The dedication tradition is so cemented in publishing that, although it is usually completely disconnected to anything else in the book, it has its own page and is often times considered a standard part of a book’s front matter, along with the table of contents, foreword, etc.
As you may have gleaned, I like to have a little fun and be lyrically ambiguous with my dedications. Another example of this is the tribute in The Orphans of the Creek, which reads thusly:
“To the Pain I Feel
Whenever You Dance Across my Heart”
So who or what am I talking about? Not to be coy, but I think it would ruin the fun if I confessed their meaning to me. Rather, I prefer the reader take those dedications and apply their own feelings to them.
In other words, who or what has danced across your heart, and left such an indelible mark that it makes you bleed?
See you out there!
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Richard Todd is a novelist, screenplay writer, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.