How to write a book dedication

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How to write a book dedication
Dedicate your book to those who helped you along the way. (reader image by Piotr Rydzkowski from

Writing a book can be a long and difficult process, and many people help you along the way. Your dedication is your chance to thank them for all they have done to make the book possible. Don't get caught up in what you think you should say, and don't feel as if you need to thank everyone. The dedication is your chance to say a few words to a few special people. You can thank the rest in person.

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  1. 1

    Make a list of who helped you or inspired you in writing the book. Include close family and friends, editors and fellow writers. Also include historical figures, if applicable. Jot down a few notes about the role each person played.

  2. 2

    Decide how many people you want to thank.

  3. 3

    Determine the style of dedication you want to write. A dedication can be a short chapter explaining how the idea for the book came about and how various people helped along the way, or it can be as short and simple as "To my ma."

  4. 4

    Read some dedications by your favourite authors. Take notes on how they begin their works.

  5. 5

    Write a short dedication and a long one. Decide which expresses your feelings better.

  6. 6

    Consider adding a quote. A statement that summarises what you are trying to do with your book can add power to your dedication.

Tips and warnings

  • For a first novel, authors often thank one or two people who were central influences, such as parents, teachers or partners. Other authors choose to dedicate a book to a whole group of people. The fewer people you dedicate the book to, the more important each is likely to feel.
  • Don't get too much feedback. The dedication has more to do with expressing your feelings about your book, and the people who helped make it happen, than with providing a thrilling read.

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