As Super Penguin‘s release is just around the corner, I wanted to write about what I believe to be the most important page in the book. It’s very near the beginning and what most authors refer to as their “dedication page.” And while Super Penguin also has a dedication, it also has some gratitude towards some very special people too.
The page reads:
Special Thanks to Halley, Mom, Dad, Gardner & Cindy for all your help along the way!
Dedication pages are short and sweet, but they also lack any story as to why these names are there. But, when you have a blog, and get to write whatever you want, you get to elaborate on your gratitude. That’s what today’s blog post is all about. Before I do though I want to talk about the people that aren’t listed on this page. It’s impossible to name everyone who helped me on this journey. I received so much encouragement, advice, help and support from so many people, and I’m so grateful for all of it. I’m continuing to receive support from family and friends who want to help with marketing, and setting up events with connections they have at libraries, comic book stores, conventions and museums. I don’t want to mention any more names at this time, because I am absolutely terrified of leaving someone out. But know that if you’ve spoken, texted, emailed, shared, or supported me in even the littlest way, I am extremely thankful for you and the love you showed me during this process. THANK YOU!
That being said, while I’ve had dozens of others help me along the way, without Halley, Mom, Dad, Gardner and Cindy this book doesn’t exist. And with that, it’s now time to dissect my dedication page.
Parker–Parker, when you’re old enough to read this, I hope you understand how proud I am to be your dad. Writing a super hero book is pretty neat, but it doesn’t hold a candle to you. This whole process was all about having a dream that I had since elementary school, listening to all the encouragers, ignoring all my self doubt and paranoia, and working really, really hard on to make the dream come true. Whatever your dreams are, I hope you know that you have everything you need to accomplish them and I hope that seeing this book encourages you to follow whatever dreams you dream.
Halley–This book never happens without your encouragement and you believing in me before I believed in me. Thank you for all the extra slack you picked up while I took time to “work on book stuff”. You push me when I need pushed, you listen to the chaotic ideas swirling around in my head when I vocalize them, and have always showed me love along the way. I’m so thankful for you, I love you!
Mom and Dad–The two biggest cheerleaders a kid could have as parents. Thank you for always believing in me and pushing me when I was discouraged and wanted to quit writing. It’s really hard to work for your parents, and have a dream of one day quitting the family business…it was even harder to tell you that. But I was so thankful for the positive reactions that came from that conversation and that you’ve never wavered or tried to sway me to follow in your footsteps instead of blazing my own trail. I’m so blessed to have you as parents, I love you both!
Gardner–My brother from another mother, best friend and unofficial manager (until I can afford to pay you to be my “official” manager). Thank you for all the time you’ve spent in making Super Penguin as big as it can be. Thank you for being a sounding board for story ideas, being a part of my test audience and thank you in advance for being my wing man at the conventions and events we have planned.
Cindy–Behind every author is a genius proofreader who makes them not look like a doofus. Thank you for the hours and hours and hours you spent proofreading my manuscripts. I don’t know that people reading this can truly appreciate all the misspelled words, punctuation issues, and other grammatical problems you had to sift through but I do!