Is Collaborating Good or Bad For Authors?

We have seen many writers/authors collaborating with one another; few have been criticized for constantly using co-authors on their work.

Authors such as James Patterson¹ have said in the past, that his co-authors write the first draft and then he write subsequent drafts. This could be a way to put your first foot forward and take dive into the world of writing and publishing. But, is this a good idea for authors who aren’t yet well-known?

We have also seemed great collaboration in the world of Paranormal Romance. Gena Showalter & Kresley Cole to name a few. Their collaboration increased the quality of the series and it created a wave of speculation. Does it always work that way or does the author with more presence & popularity keep the benefit?

Question for authors: As an author, would you be willing to collaborate? and with whom would you like to co-author? Is there a reason why some authors choose to do this? Lack of imagination? Lack of material?

Question for readers: Do you think author’s collaboration can deteriorate the quality of a story² and the writing quality of each author?

Credits:
¹- “10 Questions for James Patterson” – Time Magazine Art – July 05, 2010
²-  “Deep Kiss of Winter” – Amazon readers reviews

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2 responses to “Is Collaborating Good or Bad For Authors?

  1. I have no objection to collaborations in principle, but there’s a reason most novels have only one person’s name on the front. On a practical level, it means splitting the money – two authors usually doesn’t mean twice the sales. It’s difficult to find someone you can work with that closely for the amount of time it takes to write a typical novel.

    I have written with other people, but only on shorter projects, not novels – less room for disagreement that way. If I was to write a book with someone else, I’d have to be convinced that together we could write a book that neither of us could write on our own, and that both of us wanted to write.

    I’ve read a few collaborative novels and found the quality to be variable – much like novels written by one person, really. I suppose it depends on which writers get together, and how well they work with one another – and on how ruthless the editor is, if they ended up fighting for control of the story 🙂

    • Hi Steve,

      You are correct on the money part, though I assume the money issue has to be established in a contract or payment schedule and agreement.
      As far as the quality you are correct, the team work doesn’t guarantee quality. Working in a team is always difficult; I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to work in a project in which the work is all based on your imagination, where there aren’t any specific rules to follow or where there isn’t a given procedure. I think I’ll just keep reading, I leave the writing to those great authors out there who do such a great job 🙂

      Thanks for your comment & participation!
      Diva

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