Teaming Up with Another Author
on Coping With Vision Loss
35-Day Author Blog. Day 29, Ultra / Ultimate Blog
No Perfect Match
When I considered this topic, I didn’t know what to write about right off the bat. There would be no “perfect” partner to promote my book. It would take a variety of outlets for my book to succeed. I mentioned a couple days ago about sight centers, ophthalmologist practices and vision centers. But the perfect partner?
A Perfect Partner Would Complement Me in Style
As I was thinking about it out loud, my friend reminded me of a long-time goal of mine, which was to partner up with another author and co-write a book. He said this is what happens in academia and it works quite well. People don’t even need to live near each other with the convenience of Internet, Skype and iPhones nowadays.
I do think this would be awesome if I paired up with the right author. In fact, it would be a growing experience to co-author a couple of books down the line. I brainstormed some of my favorite themes:
- Faith and Vision Loss
- Coping with Vision Loss
- Traveling with Vision Loss
- Practical Tips with Vision Loss
- Ponderings About Visions Loss
- Vision Loss and Biblical Examples
- Seeing Sunshine in the Darkness
Each author would bring his or her own experience to the table. I’d like to work with a someone good at deadlines since this is a weakness of mine. But flexibility and enthusiasm is a must. I would bring creativity and my storytelling style to the partnership. What I lack in organization, I make up in brainstorming ideas and humor.
It doesn’t really matter where the other lives. What matters is if we work well together and complement each other. Combined, we would be the best ones to promote the book in each of our circles. We’d need to tap into the right markets. In a way, it would be good to have one author on the east coast and one on the west. That would give us a wide span of territory in which to market our book.
I think co-writing a book would be an exciting endeavor. With professionalism, strong rapport and communications skills, and creativity to fall back on, I can see success as the outcome.
It would be good to have a little more experience under my belt before attempting to share such a big responsibility. But I’m certain when the time is right, I’ll find the appropriate like-minded person. I’m always asking others, dreaming of the right partnership, someone who complements my style.
Now the big question. Who will it be?
Have you ever thought about or tried working with a colleague on a book or other project? What did / do you see as the biggest incentives? Or conversely, the biggest drawbacks?
You have just read “Teaming Up with Another Author” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright October 11, 2015. I’d love to know what you think of my ideal partnership!