Teaming Up with Another Author

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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!

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5 thoughts on “Teaming Up With Another Author

  • October 12, 2015 at 8:17 am

    When I read this prompt, I hadn’t thought of teaming up with another author to write a book. I have some friends who have done this with fiction and the result was an engaging and enjoyable book.

    All the best with your collaborative book.

  • October 12, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you, Melissa, and thank you for taking time out to read my post!

  • October 13, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Hi Amy. The thought of teaming up had crossed my mind before I started really practicing and learning the craft of writing. Since, God has led me differently for the time-being. It’s definitely an idea worth praying about. It works well with the right combination. There are also many other types of projects a writer can do for income besides books. Blessings and favor.

  • October 13, 2015 at 2:29 am

    You bring up a very good point, Jena.
    There ARE many other types of projects writers can do for income and joint projects!
    Fun! Love your input on this!

  • October 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I have thought about this sort of thing many times. Like finding the right critique group for writing, this would take time. I just had a group Skype call last night with a few ladies who are also experiencing visual loss, about fashion and style and how that is made difficult without much vision.
    I know there are so many voices out there and I know mine is strong. Things work out how they are meant to.
    I would love to do this someday.
    I am still learning about writing, but I hope I can find multiple ways of utilizing my skill,

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