Happy Monday, WG2E-Land!
I’m over the moon and down on the farm thrilled to announce that Book One in my brand new series, with my brand new co-author, is here…
For Stuck with a Stiff – Think Castle and Beckett gone-country meet Betty Boop and My Cousin Vinny.
In the meantime, all of our “Serial Novel Fans” can continue their Stuck with a Series journey in our Subscription-Style Service Yahoo Group where we’ll treat them in early September to the first few chapters in our next book in this series – STUCK WITH A SPELL.
Stuck with a Spell will then release on all Ereading Platforms around Halloween, followed by Stuck with Sleigh Bells for the holiday season.
So, for just $2.99 per yearly subscription, our Serial Novel fans get each new chapter as it’s written. (We email them each Sunday with the new chapter(s) as well as include superfab fun peeks into the making of the book.) And readers who’d rather wait for the complete novel can treat themselves that way too for 99 Cents per book.
That’s the basic scoop on how our Serial Novel Subscription Service works. But along with that fantastic fun experiment from a pricing and product line approach, I’ve also learned some valuable lessons when it comes to Indie Epublishing Collaboration.
1. Each author may write at a different pace. So, you’ve got to come up with a system that works for both of you.
In our case, David seems to work better if I begin a scene, and he takes it from there, then I go back in and flesh it out.
2. Google Docs is the best way I’ve found to truly collaborate. You can work together in real time or each on your own and always have the most current version of the doc at your fingertips. That said, you may want to also keep your own Word Doc files so in case your co-author changes something, you’ve still got your version saved too.
3. Evaluate each of your strengths and weaknesses as writers then use ‘em to your advantage.
For our series, David is the farm King, and I’m the quirky crazy scenes, dialogue and visceral Queen. So we each do our thing. He figures out how farm stuff like Bad Ass Bovines and fence post drivers can fit in with my crazy scenes, characters and smart ass sass.
4. Leave notes for each other in the Google Doc with questions, plot point issues, ideas, etc. then get out of the way and let the other author work their magic.
5. Trust in your own abilities and ideas.
It’s not about getting approval from your co-author for every scene or idea. Just go for it. Let your muses tell the story your way then have fun blending your styles and strengths and covering for each other’s weaknesses.
6. Understand and be flexible enough to deal with the fact that shit and/or life happens.
In other words, be prepared to pick up the slack when “stuff” gets in the way of progress – i.e. when your co-author drowns his computer with a glass of water. :-)
Okay…there you have it…a few of the things I’ve learned while working on my first collaboration.
And wait till you see who I’m collaborating with for a waaay fun Christmas Book…that announcement will be coming soon!!!
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: Are you Collaborating with a fellow author in Indie Epublishing? Tell us about your project(s) and how you’re making the process work…
The Best in Collaboration Wishes — D. D. Scott