Rumors of my demise are exaggerated.
I’ve been suffering a malady common to writers–deadline-itis. And I’m happy to report that I’ve survived!
I’m typically up for trying new writing techniques and methods but I’ve always resisted one thing many writers do regularly–co-authoring a book. Well, a friend approached me with a project that was different. It wasn’t like anything I’ve ever written–which is saying something on its own–and it intrigued me. Still, I hesitated. I’ve co-created a series of novels but in that series, we each wrote our own books. This would be a co-authoring a book situation, and frankly, I wasn’t eager to board that jet. Over the years, I’ve heard far too many horror stories to blindly jump.
But the author offered me a parachute. I figured, I had nothing to lose. And so we struck an agreement that played to our strengths and . . . we did it!
I’ve just finished the final draft and I am so excited about this book that I’m giddy. The experience has been overwhelmingly positive, and the book… well, I love it. It’s a YA and I’m very pleased.
We brought our strengths to the table and because they’re different, we’ve created a book that is far stronger than either of us could have created alone.
Would I do it again?
With this partner, yes. I would. For now, stay tuned.