A loyal reader recently posted a question on my most recent blog post about co-writing a book. In his case, he’s written blog posts and the potential co-writer who approached him, a professional writer, would be turning them into book form. In addition to my reader’s question about a fair way to divide profits, there are many questions to answer with a co-writer or collaborator–to help insure that the collaboration stays positive and beneficial to both parties and to get the results you are both looking for.
I know this from experience as I co-wrote my first book with two brilliant women, Peaco Todd and Jane Middelton-Moz. We had our challenges but we also had thought through most of the important questions and challenges that could come up in co-writing a book.
If you want to use the content in other ventures (teleseminars, webinars, speaking, courses), how will you develop these other ventures and how will those ventures be structured? (collaborative/not collaborative?)
Will you need to compensate each other if one of you wants to use the book content for other ventures.
Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.