Alright, before anyone gets funny ideas about me ... I'm talking about a different kind of relationship. The kind that can drive you up the wall. Ok, this may also ring true for real relationships, but obviously this post is about something slightly different.
Yep. Some authors decide to walk the stony road together. Hand in hand. Yet not down the aisle. They don't mind collaborating with one or more authors (ohhh ... orgy), seeing it as both a challenge and also inspirational with all that extra input. Maybe they just want to break out of the usual solitude we writer's experience when we create whole new worlds. Maybe they just want to, errr, experiment a little and yes, we are still talking about author relationships despite my innuendo, so get your mind out of the gutter. Anyway, where was I? Right.
The question is - why not try it out sometime?
Collaborations between authors can be fruitful. You might have too many ideas and never get them all down on paper, and a co-author might help with that. Of course this gets pretty darn close to finding yourself a ghostwriter, so the emphasis should still be on both authors doing their part in the project.
Then it may help you grow as an author as it opens up new perspectives through new or different ideas and writing processes your co-author introduces.
Doesn't sound so bad. Unless you hate when anyone else acts out a backseat writer attitude. Then you might want to just depend on your editor and the few trusty souls who're allowed to read your manuscript. It's a whole lot easier telling those where exactly to stuff their opinion than having to tell that to a co-author. See? Almost like a real marriage. Once you say yes, it's no going solo. Ever. Again.
While I don't see myself co-authoring a book anytime soon I must admit I'm not ruling it out completely. For starters I wouldn't mind contributing a short story to an anthology, but of course that's no collaboration in the strictest writerly sense. Let's call it a warming up for the main course.
Copyright by Mike Myatt
The most important things every author should be aware of when considering to bring a co-author aboard are ...
Find yourself someone compatible. Just like you would before you step to the altar.
Make a plan. This seems obvious, but you will have to organize the whole project from the initial idea to who'll be writing what straight to marketing strategies and the likes. It's all about sharing and dividing responsibilities, really.
Leave your Ego behind. If that needs explaining you should definitely not team up with another author.
Treat each other with respect and appreciation. Like I said, it's a lot like a marriage.
Doesn't sound so bad now. In theory anyway.
How about you my fellow writers? Would you ever consider co-authoring a book? Maybe you have even done so already?
And you, my dear readers, what's your take on books with more than one author? Are too many cooks really spoiling the broth?