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Author Pifalls. . . Part Two
Are you considering collaboration with another author?
Read this first!
- How well do you know this person?
- How much have you read of this person’s work? Do they have the same views as you on what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ writing?
- Do you trust them?
- Have you ever had a difference of opinion with them? How did you resolve it?
- How do they react to criticism?
- If you’re not happy with what they produce, will you still want to put your name to it?
- If you’re not happy with what they produce, will you be willing to re-write it?
- Agree on length/amount of words, and approximate deadline.
- Decide whether you want to publish independently (‘indie’ publishing), use a small publishing company (e-publishing and print-on-demand – virtually the same as self-publishing, except that you get formatting done for you but lose control over pricing, editing, etc), or approach literary agents/traditional publishers.
- If independently or e-publishing/POD, decide on the approach to marketing and who will do what. Do not allow any marketing campaign to commence until you have both agreed on it.
- Be clear about both your roles in the project. Are you a co-writer, editor, ghost writer for the other person, or the main writer? This is really, really important (you’ll see why later!)
- Agree in what order your names will appear on the cover of the book – sounds trivial, but better to decide now.
- Decide on how you will resolve a difference in opinion.
- Consider getting it all down on paper, possibly in legal fashion.