A friend listed me in the acknowledgement section of his devotional book.
I along with 5 others were credited with keeping him from “reinventing the wheel”. He had spoken to all of us about our writing journey. My encouragement to him was to glean everything you can from others who have published before you. Take what works and fit it to your context. There was no need to start from scratch.
Years ago BASF, a chemical company, produced a commercial about their work. Their simple message was they don’t make the stuff that is important to you. They make the stuff that is important to you better. In a sense, BASF is in the business of shining and polishing wheels that have already been invented.