13 Book Dedications Guaranteed to Make You Laugh Out Loud

I’ve got to get more creative with my dedications, lol.

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Maybe you skip over them and dive right into the meat of a book, but if you take the time to look, there are some pretty amazing book dedications. While most are sweet, sincere, or inspiring, the dedications we’ve rounded up below are laugh-out-loud funny.


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15 Dating Problems Only Book Lovers Understand

Oh how well we can relate, lol. Great post found on Capital Nerd, here on WordPress. Check it out…

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Adoring books and literature has its perks. You’re never, ever bored, you’ve got the whole proper grammar thing down, and you actually have better social skills than non-readers (yay, empathy!). Still, loving books can present a few unique conundrums for your love life: What do you do when your significant other loathes your favorite genre, or is uninterested in reading altogether? Even worse: What if he or she is also a bibliophile, but borrows your books, bends your spines and dog-ears your pages?

1. It’s hard to meet new people, because your nose is constantly in a book.

Coffee shops, subways, bars… no matter where you go, you look too preoccupied to seem approachable.

2. When someone does finally engage in conversation with you, it rarely meets your expectations.

On some level, you’re aware that not every conversation can be a witty, perfectly-crafted arrangement of words. But that doesn’t keep…

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The Observer Effect

Writers as observers, changers of reality…a well written post for sure.

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I watch and record unobtrusively from a hard leather chair just behind them, invisible in my middle age, which I believe I have turned into an advantage.

They look like they’re thirty, like college acquaintances, graduated maybe in 2008, into the great recession, re-gathering at this brick Denver hotel for a wedding weekend, I guess, making up for lost time, re-introducing themselves. I’ve done okay. All of us have. Haven’t we?

I focus on one pair, seated awkwardly close on a low, cow-hide sofa. One is bunch-muscled, compact, thickly side-parted. I write that he is wearing a speckled ivory, v-necked sweater over a white tee and dark blue jeans, with heavy black glasses, and that he’s nodding earnestly.

I write that the man at his side is lanky, his knees jutting up higher than his belt on that sofa built more for looking at than sitting on…

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How to Get Professional PR Help on an Indie Budget

Good information for the newbie writer!

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Every successful writer has a publicist. Book publicists navigate the media and work on the branding aspect of a book, so authors can focus on what they do best.

Without a publicist, many writers find themselves distracted from their craft to write press releases, hassle the media, and find opportunities for publicity on their own.

Naturally, many begin to look for quick, cheap fixes to remedy their situation. But there is no such thing – not without sacrificing the quality of your book and its chance in the market.

When it comes to public relations, you must be willing to spend at least one of two things: time or money. If you have more time than money, here’s how you can get professional PR assistance for your brand.

Invest in Social Media

Creating a social media account on any platform is free. Because of this, many indie authors think of social…

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It’s Almost August 13th!

You’ll want to check this out – having a PR team for an indie author could very well mean the difference between languishing in obscurity and hitting the best seller’s lists :-).

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In Defense of Platform

A frank description of what a writer’s “platform” really is these days. Definitely opened our eyes here at Nowata Press.

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He’s got 11.5K followers

I heard it yesterday, and I’ve heard it before. At conferences. In workshops. In podcast interviews. Always from a reasonably famous, multiply published writer. The workshop leader. The big visiting cheese.

“Don’t even think about platform.”
“Don’t worry about platform.”
“F*ck platform.”

I know they genuinely want what’s best for their students. They want us to focus on words, not clicks. Want us to make great work before thinking about the market, not let what’s selling this week influence the book of our heart.

They are wrong.

They are näive, out-of-touch, factually incorrect and a little bit condescending. Darling little writers–first make a book! Don’t put the cart before the horse!

Of course we want to write a good book. That’s why we paid to take your class. But you know why else we paid to be here? Because we’re hoping (mostly in vain) that…

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Opening Lines

Definitely good advice and brought a smile as well. Looking forward to trying a few of these out 🙂

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So, you’re going to a writing conference! Workshops! Readings! Panels! Networking! Networking! Lots of networking! Mingling! Socializing! Bonding! Casual chatting through which lifelong writer friendships are forged! INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION AUGHLH JHJKGJKFGHFDGHAKJ–

Hang on, let me just breathe for a minute, and get off this ledge.

OK. Whew.

Perhaps, like me, you are a mewling, soft-skinned introvert hiding in a shiny I-talk-to-people-professionally-and-I’m-great-at-it shell. But somehow, our work has been found adequate, our check has been cashed, and we are at a writing conference. With group meals. Receptions. Post-reading cocktail hours. Casual gatherings. Late-night lounge time. A few days or a week full of priceless opportunities to open our mouths only to alternate feet.

Fear not. Brevity is here for you. Simply print this handy list of conference conversation openers, tuck it in the back of your name tag, and you’re ready for any writing-related exchange between humans. Just approach any writer…

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