I am eternally grateful for all of my talented writer friends who have provided ideas and support to me through the years. Writing is often a lonely endeavor, and I believe that writers need a peer group. I’m a part of three writing groups and a slew of collaborative efforts.
Here are some examples of partnering and some tips that could help as you decide on future projects.
Book Signings - There is nothing lonelier than sitting at a table at a book signing by yourself. (You get a lot of questions about the location of the bathroom and whether or not something is on sale.) We can introduce our readers to new authors when we share opportunities. Plus, it’s a party when authors get together and hang out. I often carpool with other authors to events outside of Central Virginia. Road trip!
Anthology Collections - I like to participate in anthologies. I usually write mystery novels, and these projects give me a chance to experiment with short stories. Read the rules/requirements before you submit. We’ve had requirements like all participants will help promote the book.
Make sure you know about your rights. Are they returned after a certain amount of time? Can you republish the story later? If you’re under contract, make sure that any new projects don’t conflict.
Is a contract required? Is there a contract? Do you have to pay for anything? Are you expected to buy and sell books? Make sure that you’re clear on all the legalities and the money before you sign up.
Many times, I submit a story to be part of the collection. It is another writing credit for the author, and you meet and network with lots of authors. I don’t go into these projects with the thought of making lots of money. But, I’ve been fortunate to be a part of several successful anthologies where I did make money either on split royalties or selling copies of the book.
Pay it Forward - I try to support other authors where I can. One easy way is to like, comment, and share their stuff on social media. If you like someone’s book, tell others and leave a review. Reviews do matter to authors. I also attend author events and buy books. One of my author friends always buys a book and gives it away on her blog. There are lots of little things you can do to help others.
Blogs - I do a lot of guest blog posts, interviews, and podcasts. I also have a blog, Pens, Paws, and Claws, where I blog with some fun writers. (I also offer author interview spots on this blog #ThisorThatThursday or #WriterWednesdays on PP&C. Message me if you’re interested.)
When you do Social Media Parties, Facebook Hops, Blog Collaborations, or other joint projects, make sure you understand what money is required up front. Ask about the time commitment. Your time is valuable.
I love collaborative opportunities. Just make sure you have all the pertinent information before you start. And remember, friendship is friendship, but business is business.