Dedicating your new book to a family member is very common amongst authors. Every once in a while, one is so sweet and funny that many take notice.
That was the case with Ben Philippe, a young author who just released his debut young-adult novel The Field Guide To The North American Teenager last week. Philippe dedicated the book to his mother, Belzie. But it’s what Philippe wrote next that got people’s attention.
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In an interview with Forbes, Philippe said that the humorous message was a nod to how many parents like to prioritize financial security amongst their kids and how a career in the arts doesn’t make them feel better.
“I think some parents see the arts as a state of permanent unrest for their kids. Financial safety doesn’t look like multiple part-time jobs, ‘gigs,’ or chugging coffee working on a manuscript at 2 a.m.”
Nevertheless, Philippe said that his mother liked the dedication.
And so did many others. Once the book was talked about on a podcast from BookRiot, several people on Twitter began sharing photos of the dedication on Twitter, with thousands of likes following each post. Here are two of them:
New favorite book dedication. pic.twitter.com/QGDF1ZaF2o
— kelly jensen 🐱🐰 (@veronikellymars) November 23, 2018
I’ve seen a few folks post about this, but now that I have a copy, it’s my turn.
And this is the funniest dedication I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/w8wkZNIDNt
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) January 12, 2019
I guess that’s one way to get the word out about your new book.
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