I’ve mentioned before that I joined a group of writers who decided to put together an anthology of “first chapters,” in order to give readers a taste of a lot of different stories. But what do you need to know about collaborating?
These are some of the keys, I think, to having a positive working relationship:
- Be clear with all expectations from the beginning. (The Portals’ project was always going to be free, so there wouldn’t be the complication of money.)
- Share the workload. (No one wants to carry the weight of everyone else. In the Portals’ project, we’re all expected to help with promotion, etc. Even though, there were some awesome ladies who were the definite leaders, Pauline Baird Jones especially.)
- Communication is key. (Both with the Portals’ project and with my other projects, I’m in regular contact with the people I’m working with. All the information is laid out openly, so everyone has a chance to view it and ask questions.
Friendship and Collaboration
- Working with a friend can be an absolutely amazing experience. You know each other well, so you already have an idea about their skills and personality. It’s honestly like working with a spouse, it could be the best thing or the worst thing, depending how you establish things.
- Lay everything out in a legal way. As my partner pointed out, you never really know what the future may bring. When everything is spelled out from the beginning, it helps to avoid problems in the future.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses. My partner is better with the business end of things, so I often rely on her background knowledge to help guide me through the legal portion of collaborating. In turn, I have my own unique set of skills I’m bringing to the table.
- Have a foundation of trust. Writing is already a “raw” experience. Opening yourself up to another person in such a vulnerable way means that you need to trust that even if your partner tells you something that hurts, that you know they are coming from a good place.
And, honestly, you never know where collaborating may take you. The one Portals’ anthology started coming together and somehow turned into four (and now I hear there may be even more). My work is in Volume #3, which came out this week. Which, given the fact that my first published work came out roughly a year ago, is a huge deal to me.
So, whether you’re working with one other writer or a bunch of writers, weigh the pros and cons, and be ready for a fun and exciting ride. I, for one, am so glad I did!
On a side note, they’ve made the Portals: Volume Three FREE, so if you are interested in checking it out, here is the information.
Welcome! You have arrived at a portal to the galaxy.
Enter, and you’ll be introduced by award-winning authors to worlds beyond imagining, with heroes & heroines who dare to take it to the edge and beyond. Count on these adventurers to take their best shot … at their enemies and at romance!
Contains 10 first chapters, with links to purchase any or all of the complete books, should you wish.