Okay, I need to put a disclaimer here. Both times I’ve written with a partner, I’ve gotten very lucky. Well, that and I’ve chosen wisely.
Let’s face it – authors are control freaks. DON’T TOUCH OUR CREATIVE GENIUS! A lot of authors could never work with a partner because that means giving part of the creative control to another person. Sure, you can outline until the cows come home and agree on every plot point ahead of time, but your partner’s chapters still won’t come out like you’d have written them.
Let me give you a bit of advice. Loosen those reins. Writing with a partner is an experience every author should have. Here’s why:
- FUN: Partner writing is an incredible amount of fun. We all know how it feels to be so excited and obsessed with our current work in progress but have no one else around to constantly jabber on about it with. The people in our lives might be slightly interested, but not completely. My writing partners and I talk every single day.
- Speed: Imagine putting out a 60k word novel and only having to write 30k words of it! With the way everyone suspects the super secret Amazon algorithms work, speed can greatly help a career.
- Relationships: If your partnership is a good one, you don’t just gain a fancy new book, you gain a very good friend. Authorship is such a solitary venture that this aspect can’t be overlooked. I was already friends with both my writing partners beforehand, but that friendship grew even more through working together to create something we were both proud of.
- Moolah: Being able to do big releases and get great covers and editors while only shelling out half the dough is amazing.
- Reach: Both you and your partner have your own readerships that will look forward to your book.
- Learning: You’ll learn from each other. My partnerships forced me to learn how to outline effectively and think about stages of the story before they came.
Okay, so you’ve made the brilliant decision to find a writing partner for a series you have in mind. What should you look for?
- Quality writing: You need to trust your partner’s talent fully.
- Style: The key component of a book written by two authors is the inability of the reader to discern where the writer switched. Find an author who writes with a similar style to you.
- Strengths: Find someone whose strengths and weaknesses are opposite yours. For my fantasy series, we did this to great effect. My partner’s best assets were action sequences and descriptions. Descriptions are the bane of my existence. My talents lie in dialogue, romantic elements, and emotional punch. Together, we formed quite the team.
- Goals: Make sure it is someone whose goals for the series line up with yours. Do they want to spend a lot of money on release? Are they on a budget? What is their preferred timeline?
- Temperament: For God’s sake, don’t choose someone who wants to control everything you write. Both writers in a partnership need room to breathe and be creative. It’s a good idea to get to know them first before deciding you want to work with them.
Prophecy of Darkness was a venture written with my writing partner, Michelle Bryan. It releases February 1st.
Prophecy of Darkness
The kingdom of Dreach-Sciene is dying.
Famine, uncontrollable weather, and war have devastated Prince Trystan’s people. It’s only a matter of time before their enemies destroy them.
Only magic can save the kingdom. But there has been no magic in Dreach-Sciene for twenty years and Trystan fears it is only a fairy-tale. Without magic, there is no hope.
If the prince wishes to harness the ancient power, he must first reunite the Tri-Gard, the legendary keepers of magic. His journey to find these magical beings will either lift him up or bring him to his knees as he sacrifices everything to save his people.
With his enemies drawing ever closer, it’s a race against time … and against dark forces that could destroy them all.
If you yearn for noble princes, forbidden romances, and heart-pumping quests, pick up your sword and reclaim your magic for the battle to come.
The paperback is now available HERE.
For more information, including a map, look HERE.
See previous posts about Prophecy of Darkness HERE.