Why I started reading the acknowledgements

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From bottom to top: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum, The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman.

I used to ignore the acknowledgements section when I read. It was just a long list of names and organizations, peppered with phrases like “indebted to” and “this book would not have been possible without.” What mattered to me was the story.

But since I’ve started working on more writing projects, inching closer to my goal of writing books and getting published, I’ve been paying attention to these often-skipped sections. As I’ve read them, I’ve learned something.

In their own way, the acknowledgements are part of the story.
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