One of the things I do with all my ebooks is to write a Dedication Page. This is a practice many artists of all mediums partake in. It is a way to recognize and offer thanks to someone (or a group of someone’s) who have helped you in some way through the often times gruelling process of crafting your art.
Here is the Dedication Page for 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t:
It’s interesting because the whole reason I wrote 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t is because I was frustrated.
I was frustrated with the new EMTs coming out of EMT school. Frustrated with their seeming lack of common sense. Frustrated with having to repeat myself on a regular basis. Frustrated because I wanted to be able to communicate my thoughts on a bunch of things clearly and consistently. The book actually started off as a list blog post for The Social Medic, grew into a series of posts, and finally I decided that instead of publishing it like that I would just do a book.
I started it intending to finish it before EMS World Expo, but that year Superstorm Sandy got in the way of both me finishing the book and of going to EMS World Expo. I eventually published the First Edition in February of 2013 and followed up with a Second Edition in August of 2014 with the bonus #26: Avoid Social Networking Pitfalls.
I dedicated this book, both editions, to the EMS Educators who had the biggest impact on my career. Whether it was from my initial entry into the field, my recertification every 3 years, or helping me to mature in the industry and stop “eating the young” these are people without whom this book never would have come to pass. I included them all for two reasons: 1) EMS Educators have more influence then we tend to realize and are often under recognized and 2) Educational writing really isn’t my forte, so this was (is) probably the first AND last educational style book I’d ever write… so just like a wrestler in a match, I looked to get all my stuff in.