We all use a team when we self-publish – editors and cover designers, in particular. But co-writing a book is something quite different.
I've just co-written Risen Gods with J. Thorn and in today's interview/discussion, we talk about how the process worked, the challenges and what we learned along the way. We also produced a book about the process, Co-Writing a Book: Collaboration and Co-Creation for Writers.
In the intro, I talk about an update on my writing, plus my thoughts on an event with Seth Godin this week and Amazon's new physical bookstore. I announce that I'll be speaking in Denver at Digital Commerce Summit next Oct, which I am super excited about!
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J. Thorn is a bestselling horror writer and creator of Dark Arts Theater and the Horror Writers Podcast. J is also my co-author of Risen Gods, a dark fantasy/supernatural thriller, and Co-Writing a Book: Collaboration and Co-Creation for Writers.
- On J's beginnings as a writer and his first few collaborative writing projects.
- The benefits of accountability in co-writing.
- The challenges of co-writing including the need to compromise, which might not work for artists with a very specific vision, and the importance of working with a personality that is a good fit.
- Knowing when to assert oneself in the partnership and when to pull back.
The issues of trust and copyright that come up in a collaboration, including royalty splits.
- Why writing experience matters when entering a collaborative project, as well as already having an established voice.
- The importance of brand in a co-writing project and why it matters for each author that the co-written book be on-brand.
- J's experience of the differences between working with men and women.
- Leaning on the strengths of your co-writer.
- The legal and practical decisions that need to be made before the project begins, including time-line, frequency and methods of communication. [Collaboration Agreement. Disclaimer: example only. This is not any kind of legal advice!]
- How Scrivener helped in the collaborative process.
- The lessons learned from co-writing failures and the psychological and emotional challenges of co-writing.
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