In my almost-daily Web surfing of assorted Middle East news sites and blogs, I stumbled upon a blog by a reader-funded foreign correspondent named Michael J. Totten. I neither know nor know of him, but apparently he's written articles that have been published in The Jerusalem Post, LA Weekly, The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, and other mainstream periodicals.
According to Mr. Totten's blog, he is halfway through writing a book about the strife in the Middle East, but running low on money for his living expenses. So he is offering to include in the Acknowledgments section of his book the names of people who donate at least US$1,000 to him.
Is this a good idea or a slippery slope? Does it matter whether the writing is fiction or nonfiction? Does it matter that the funds will be used to pay household bills rather than sponsor travel or other research-related expenses?
Coincidentally, as I was writing this, RedRoomer and foreign correspondent Matt Beynon Rees blogged about his peeves with Acknowledgment sections, arguing that less is more.
What are the unwritten rules concerning the Acknowledgments section? Where do you draw the line?
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