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Co-writing can be an amazing experience when two minds come together to create something new in the world. Or it can be a painful process that ends in disaster! In this short book, bestselling authors J. Thorn and Joanna Penn share tips on how to successfully co-write a book and avoid the pitfalls along the way. It includes excerpts from their private co-writing dia Co-writing can be an amazing experience when two minds come together to create something new in the world. Or it can be a painful process that ends in disaster! In this short book, bestselling authors J. Thorn and Joanna Penn share tips on how to successfully co-write a book and avoid the pitfalls along the way. It includes excerpts from their private co-writing diary, honest notes written every day on a fiction project that will help you on your own journey. Updated 2017 with a new chapter based on a four-author collaborative novel. ˃˃˃ In this book, you will discover: What is co-writing? Benefits of co-writing* The difficulties of co-writing* Finding the right person to co-write with* Before you start: written legal agreement* Practicalities and process of co-writing and co-creation * Excerpts from Risen Gods co-writing diary* What happens if it goes wrong? * Other types of collaboration and co-creation* Tips for multi-author boxsets* Tips for managing a multi-author collaboration* Appendix 1: Example agreement If you want to improve your writing skills and your productivity, co-writing might be the right thing for you. Download a sample and try the book now.


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Co-writing can be an amazing experience when two minds come together to create something new in the world. Or it can be a painful process that ends in disaster! In this short book, bestselling authors J. Thorn and Joanna Penn share tips on how to successfully co-write a book and avoid the pitfalls along the way. It includes excerpts from their private co-writing dia Co-writing can be an amazing experience when two minds come together to create something new in the world. Or it can be a painful process that ends in disaster! In this short book, bestselling authors J. Thorn and Joanna Penn share tips on how to successfully co-write a book and avoid the pitfalls along the way. It includes excerpts from their private co-writing diary, honest notes written every day on a fiction project that will help you on your own journey. Updated 2017 with a new chapter based on a four-author collaborative novel. ˃˃˃ In this book, you will discover: What is co-writing? Benefits of co-writing* The difficulties of co-writing* Finding the right person to co-write with* Before you start: written legal agreement* Practicalities and process of co-writing and co-creation * Excerpts from Risen Gods co-writing diary* What happens if it goes wrong? * Other types of collaboration and co-creation* Tips for multi-author boxsets* Tips for managing a multi-author collaboration* Appendix 1: Example agreement If you want to improve your writing skills and your productivity, co-writing might be the right thing for you. Download a sample and try the book now.

30 review for Co-writing a book: Collaboration and Co-creation for Authors (Books for Writers Book 7)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Antoine Bandele

    Decent. But you can skip it. Most of the information can be found through the author’s blogs and podcasts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    This was a very helpful guide to co-writing! It's clear, concise, easy to read, and filled with helpful advice. I feel better prepared to tackle my own collaboration having read it. :) This was a very helpful guide to co-writing! It's clear, concise, easy to read, and filled with helpful advice. I feel better prepared to tackle my own collaboration having read it. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Geneva

    Skip it. This slim volume of about 69 pages (plus appendices of the authors' collaborations) goes over the bare basics of cowriting a book. It's more like a lengthy pamphlet and doesn't cover anything in detail. Joanna Penn does have some strong advice books when it comes to writing. This is not one of them. A big disappointment. You could easily gain the information with some dedicating googling. Skip it. This slim volume of about 69 pages (plus appendices of the authors' collaborations) goes over the bare basics of cowriting a book. It's more like a lengthy pamphlet and doesn't cover anything in detail. Joanna Penn does have some strong advice books when it comes to writing. This is not one of them. A big disappointment. You could easily gain the information with some dedicating googling.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Harris

    Good summation, but not groundbreaking The most interesting part of this book was the log of the two authors' feelings during the process of their writing. I thought there might be a bit more in here that I haven't encountered elsewhere, but it's all standard advice with personal examples, which can be helpful, but wasn't what i was hoping for. Good summation, but not groundbreaking The most interesting part of this book was the log of the two authors' feelings during the process of their writing. I thought there might be a bit more in here that I haven't encountered elsewhere, but it's all standard advice with personal examples, which can be helpful, but wasn't what i was hoping for.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James Drysdale

    I bought the kindle edition, which comes with 84 pages. Of those, you get about 76 pages of content. At least 10 pages covered the book's copyright and plugs for the authors' work. A further 14 pages (a full chapter) is dedicated to excerpts from their co-writing diary. Some may see that as padding, however it did act as an okay example of real communication between writers. I could have done without it, but I can see how some people might find it helpful or interesting. This is a short book, and I bought the kindle edition, which comes with 84 pages. Of those, you get about 76 pages of content. At least 10 pages covered the book's copyright and plugs for the authors' work. A further 14 pages (a full chapter) is dedicated to excerpts from their co-writing diary. Some may see that as padding, however it did act as an okay example of real communication between writers. I could have done without it, but I can see how some people might find it helpful or interesting. This is a short book, and a quick read. It talks about the benefits and drawbacks of co-writing a book with others and what to look for when deciding who to work with. On the more practical side, it suggests methods of working with others, particularly when there might be great distance and/or time zone differences between contributors. It skims over a lot of topics but touches none of them in any great depth. The most useful thing in there for me was the section about getting a written agreement and the sample provided. It gives you a few examples about different ways you might go about marketing and handling finances for a joint work etc, which was particularly helpful. I'd have liked to see a bit more detail in these areas as that was more a concern to me than being able to find and work with another author successfully, but it certainly helped. Before I read this book I felt more hesitant about the idea of co-writing a book with another author. In reading it, the insight I've gained has made me feel more confident about giving it a try, so from that point of view it was worth the read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dayne Edmondson

    Very informative I liked that this book stayed focused on the advantages and disadvantages of collaboration and the challenges. As I go to start my own collaboration I'll bear these tips in mind. Especially helpful was the part about contracts and the importance of them given the length of copyright of the finished product. Very informative I liked that this book stayed focused on the advantages and disadvantages of collaboration and the challenges. As I go to start my own collaboration I'll bear these tips in mind. Especially helpful was the part about contracts and the importance of them given the length of copyright of the finished product.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara Crocoll Smith

    A quick, informative read delivering insight on collaborating and co-writing. Loved the practical tips and the emotional journey one might expect. Great stuff!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rob. C.

    Lots of useful tips for starting a writing cooperation. This is something that has always piqued my interest and I've been wondering how it all works, so the book has come at the perfect timing. Some parts did get into detail about Joanna and J's project, and even though they were helpful in getting a better understanding of how the project came to life, I would have liked some more general information about how to make it work for everyone. But there's plenty of information if you already have Lots of useful tips for starting a writing cooperation. This is something that has always piqued my interest and I've been wondering how it all works, so the book has come at the perfect timing. Some parts did get into detail about Joanna and J's project, and even though they were helpful in getting a better understanding of how the project came to life, I would have liked some more general information about how to make it work for everyone. But there's plenty of information if you already have an idea in your head and are wondering whether you should go ahead or give up. The book makes me want to start looking for some other authors to cooperate with - and to go on a writers' retreat too.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Willis

    This was a helpful book for those interesting in collaborating with others on writing projects. It covers both useful business and creative strategies by two authors who have worked together on numerous projects with a variety of collaborators. If you're looking for advice on best practices for playing well with other authors, this is a good starting point. This was a helpful book for those interesting in collaborating with others on writing projects. It covers both useful business and creative strategies by two authors who have worked together on numerous projects with a variety of collaborators. If you're looking for advice on best practices for playing well with other authors, this is a good starting point.

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