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(The Guardian Books Blog)


19 july 2019 09:35:36

Should books include credits like films?
(The Guardian Books Blog)

Books are generally presented as the work of one person, but almost 60 others worked on mine. But will readers care enough to read about them?We writers lead a necessarily solitary life - at least, thatīs what we like to think. Though the act of writing can involve lots of lonesome glaring at an open Word document (with occasional breaks for coffee and Countdown), the process of turning deathless prose into an actual book involves a lot more people than the name on the cover suggests.This is why my publisher Trapeze, an imprint of the Hachette company Orion, is starting to put full, movie-style credits at the back of their books. They asked me if I was amenable to this for my forthcoming novel Things Can Only Get Better, after trialling it in Candice Carty-Williamsīs hugely successful Queenie. Of course I said yes - not only because I think itīs a brilliant idea but also because whenever I write my acknowledgments, I always fear Iīve missed somebody out. Looking at the two pages of names at the back of Queenie, I realised that I had previously left out lots of people. Continue reading...
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