Questions 3: Do You Play Well with Others?

As I said on Monday, I haven’t really tried to write with another author.  The few attempts I did make was long ago and failed miserably with the exception of a project in high school.  This means, I’m not an expert and can only talk through what I think can help instead of what I know.  May have just negated my entire Wednesday post, but that’s the truth.  Now, I open the floor to those who might know a few things and be able to lend a hand.

  1. Have you ever co-authored a book or tried to do so? Why or why not?
  2. What do you think is the biggest challenge to co-authoring a book?
  3. What advice would you give to an author partnership?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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15 Responses to Questions 3: Do You Play Well with Others?

  1. write with your imaginary friend is my good idea for whatever it’s worth 🤣

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  2. I have co-authored a book and found it to be a fun experience.
    The biggest challenge is to make sure you have a plan that both parties agree to. Put the agreement in writing. My advice is to check egos at the door and play to the strengths of your co-author. You can get a lot of help and experience from a talented co-author.

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  3. L. Marie says:

    1. Have you ever co-authored a book or tried to do so? Why or why not?
    Yes, I have co-authored books with more than one author.
    2. What do you think is the biggest challenge to co-authoring a book?
    Deciding who writes what and sticking to the imposed deadlines. Also another challenge is the temptation to control. If one person always has to be in control, the collab won’t work. You have to be in agreement.
    3. What advice would you give to an author partnership?
    You really need the right partnership, which includes managing expectations about the work. I have had good and not-so-good experiences. In one collaboration, a newbie author didn’t understand that work couldn’t be done at the last minute in order to meet the publisher’s deadline. The best partnership I have had was with a former coworker who was experienced at meeting deadlines. She’s much more chill also, which helped when I was prone to hysterics.

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  4. The idea intrigues me, but I’ve never done it. I’m fairly good at playing by rules, but often find myself unhappy with those rules. It might take some of the joy away from the process.

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