Indie Epublished Authors: Consider Co-Writing to Reach New Readers

Happy Weekend, WG2E-Land!

Here’s another fabulous way to Reach New Readers:

Co-Writing

That’s exactly what Bestselling Amazon Author Theresa Ragan and I have done this holiday season with our Christmas Book…

THE BILLIONAIRES’ CHRISTMAS CLUB will release sometime the next two weeks, and what a fabulous experience it’s been!!!

Not only will our Partnership allow us to each tap into the other’s reader base, but the writing process itself was just a complete joy! :-) And, with both of us typing away, we were able to finish the book in basically about 6 weeks!!!

For THE BILLIONAIRES’ CHRISTMAS CLUB…Think Trading Places meets Tim Allen’s Santa Claus.

What if two Billionaire Bachelors made a bet to see which one could help the most people before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve? And…What if, along the way, they each find the perfect woman to spend the rest of their life with?

Now then…what Theresa and I did was write a Prologue together to set-up this bet. After that, we each wrote a novella featuring our Billionaire Bachelor (you’ll see their names on the place cards on our cover) trying to win that bet. To wrap-up, we then wrote an Epilogue together.

From beginning to end, it was just a dream project! :-) Our writing styles fed off of each other spectacularly! And wow did we have a terrific time watching to see what the other one came up with!

We used Google Docs, which is fabulous for collaborative projects of this nature. That way, we could each write our sections in Word, if we preferred to do so, then copy-and-paste into the Google Doc.

***Note: I’m actually writing in Google Docs now for all of my books. I love it! And I love that it saves on its own every few seconds, and that I can then just save it as a Word Doc right from the Google Doc too. As far as formatting, Google Docs is perfect as is so there’s no silly set-up issues like you do in Word. You just create the Google Doc and start typing! I luuuvvv that!!! :-)

Okay, WG2E-Land:  How many of you have tried Co-Writing or are planning to in 2013? Tell us about your experiences. Also, feel free to ask us any questions you might have about the process…

The Best of Co-Writing Wishes — D. D. Scott

D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing.  You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.

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Comments

  1. I co-wrote with my late husband. He wrote some of the scenes in my first book, “Tempting Jonah.” I wish he were still here to see what’s going on with me now and maybe to co-write some scenes. (His birthday would have been Monday). Other than that, I haven’t tried co-writing except years ago when my friend and I wrote a story together because she said life in her small town was boring.

    • D.D. Scott says:

      I betchya he’s still watching, Nancy, and is very proud of you…

      My hubby does chime-in with some wonderful ideas. In fact, he just helped me yesterday brainstorm one of my new series.

  2. Angela Brown says:

    Gwen Gardner and I did not co-write our novels, but during the process partnering up to market our YA paranormal novels, we worked together to work up guest posts for blogs we planned to visit and for posts at the joint blog we set up as well. It was so much fun working together :-)

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Isn’t it superfab fun to feed off of each other like that, Angela?! And it doesn’t feel as stressful because you’re not alone cranking out those ideas and words.

  3. Julie Day says:

    I am hoping to be part of one or more of the new anthologies next year. Other than that, I’ve not tried it yet.

  4. Sibel Hodge says:

    Great stuff, DD! Congrats on the collaboration – sounds great. I definitely think it’s a great way to appeal to different audiences :)

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Thanks Bunches, Sibel! It was just a terrific project, and it turned out fabulous! I’m actually going to sit down and read it again as one of my Christmas reads! :-) It tickles your funny bone and touches your heart too! My fave kind of read!!!

  5. Sheri says:

    Hi DD,

    Thanks for another eye-opening idea! I love the suggestion to use Google Docs for a co-authored project.

    Billionaires Christmas sounds like a great read and the story concept is just plain perfect for that time of year – kudos to you and Theresa on dreaming it up. I’m looking forward to reading it. :)

    BTW – I really like it that you’ve got these WG@2E posts set up to hit my email inbox in the middle of the night. It’s the kind of info I like to get my eyes on in the early morning and I always look forward to it.

    Best of luck with strong sales on the new book(s)!

  6. Adan Lerma says:

    d.d., sounds interesting, did ya’ll each write a separate novella? but by being able to see each other’s work in progress, let that affect what each was writing separately?

    • D.D. Scott says:

      By writing the Prologue together, Adan, we knew exactly where our individual stories were heading. That way, we then could each write our own Billionaires’ story, and do a wrap-up together for the Epilogue.

      We introduced our guys in the Prologue and established the bet. Each of us then took one Billionaire Bachelor and wrote a novella about him. Then, we finished off with who won the bet.

    • Yes, Adan, being able to see what D.D. was writing did help me at times. For instance, the weather. She had a lot of wind in one scene so I added some wind because we were both set in NY. I might have had a fiercer snowstorm…I’m not sure.

      • Adan Lerma says:

        never thought of that aspect, very very interesting, thanks you guys

        oh, one more question, re google docs, are they private, or open to being seen by others?

        thanks again ;-)

        • D.D. Scott says:

          You can set the Privacy on your Google Doc however you’d like to Adan. In other words, it can be private so only you can use it and see it. Or, you can invite as many other people as you’d like to see it too. You can also allow people to see it, but allow only those you want to be able to write on it or change it any way as well. So, it can be a Read-Only File or a Read and Write-File.

  7. JamieSalisbury (@JamieRSalisbury) says:

    Good Morning!
    Great idea, something I’ve tried to do, without any success. Perhaps I haven’t hooked up with the right author yet. Something further to ponder.
    Your of course will be a smashing success!

  8. Ansha Kotyk says:

    I’ve co-written a short story “Stella’s Hero” with my critique partner, Kris. Like you said, DD, our styles fed off each other and it was just pure fun from start to finish. Our short was published in Timeless an Anthology of Young Adult Romance.
    I’d love to do it again. Hmm. I’ll have to find a way to convince her. :)

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Yayyy, Ansha!!! Isn’t it just sooo much fun?! When you’re super productive and having fun while doing it…well, that’s just total awesome sauce!!!

  9. Hi D.D.! this was an exciting project…but I’m going to write about my experiences at the end of the month…while D.D. was happily writing, in her super positive way, I was sweating and grunting and wondering what the heck I had gotten myself into….I had never collaborated with ANYONE and I had never written a Christmas Story, a Short Story, or a Billionnaire story!!! More to come later. :)

    Overall, I think it’s impossible to have a bad experience doing anything with D.D. Scott! She kept picking me up and assuring me that all was fine and super duper dandy! ha.

    Hugs to D.D.! You’re the best!

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Wavin’ atchya, my friend!!! I’m thrilled how we helped each other all the way to The End!!! And LOL…I can’t wait to read your version of our adventure! :-)

      Thanks Bunches for the sweet shout-out and for making this book totally rock!!!

  10. Lois Lavrisa says:

    DD- I can not wait to buy the THE BILLIONAIRES’ CHRISTMAS CLUB ! Both you and Theresa are some of my all time favorite authors. Your book is such a treat for your fans (like me:) Thank you!

    As far as co- writing – I have been a part of four anthologies in 2012. They were all separate stand alone stories (one had 13 authors for a YA anthology) All had themes. Whether it was young love, or Halloween, or romantic suspense at Christmas. But now you have me thinking about a partnership like you and Theresa have…hmmmm. Maybe in 2013:)

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Awe shucks, Lois! Thanks sooo much! This is definitely goin’ down as one of my all-time fave books! It’s just that total feel-good Christmas Read I look forward to all year long!!! :-)

      I would highly recommend collaborating one-on-one with a fellow author. It’s just been an A-mazing experience for me!!!

  11. David Slegg says:

    What a great story!

    People are going to love this book!

  12. I’ve never thought of co-writing, but it’s a wonderful idea. Two pens are better than one.

    I’m eager to read the finished product and to share the idea with my social media friends.

  13. I’m not thinking about collaborating on a single book, but I do have an idea for a place-oriented series I’d like to do, and because I have so many ideas I’d like to invite a few writer friends to each write a book. This is a little tricky, because I’d like to be the publisher of record to ensure consistency of covers and editing. Even though your situation is different, D.D., I’d still like to know, who is the actual publisher? Did you use your outlet, hers, or create a new one?