You won't find a dedication page in my first book. I got so caught up in the excitement of having my book actually published that the dedication got lost in the whirlwind of activity. I remembered it in the beginning when Kensington first offered me a contract. Then I entered panic mode as I focused on writing my second book, All Natural Death, and forgot all about anything related to the first book. By the time I realized I'd left it out, the book was close to release and the opportunity had passed.
I didn't worry too much about it. I rarely read the dedication page in other books and wouldn't notice if they didn't have one, so I figured neither would anyone else. I should have known better. The second the box of advanced reader copies landed on my doorstep, my husband flipped through one. "Huh," he said. "Where's the dedication page?" I explained the situation and then forgot about it, reasoning that of course my husband would notice but surely no one else would.
Then I gave a copy to my mom. A dedication was the first thing she looked for. Then a third person commented. Even though all of the remarks were from friends and family, I had no idea omitting that page would garner so much interest.
Just to be on the safe side, I made sure to send an email to my editor about a dedication in the second book. Once he gave me the green light, I then had to figure out who I wanted to acknowledge and what I wanted to say. I have a hard time being pithy, especially when I know whatever I write will be permanent. Once the books are printed, it's not like I can go back and change what I've said. I flipped through other books on my bookshelf for inspiration and finally came up with a simple yet heartfelt message to my husband and kids.
Then I started to feel the guilt. Should I mention my parents? My writing group? My English teachers from my school days? My third cousin, twice-removed? The cats? There are so many people to consider! I'd love to think that I'll be writing so many books for this series that I'll run out of people to dedicate them to. Oh, what a wonderful situation that would be.