Pro’s and Con’s of Co-Authorship


When creating a novel with another person, that doesn’t sound has hard has you think right?  Deciding to do so, there are many obstacles and rules that two authors need to accomplish to work together to end up with a successful novel.  This article walks through and talks about these obstacles and rules that two authors, Gina and Janice went through that will land them a masterpiece novel.

Writing a novel, these two authors say that it is nearly impossible to do so writing solo. They said, “..we’re honestly in awe of anyone who can pull off such an astonishing feat on their own.” An author needs to put their full time, attention, and energy to write a novel.  If a writer feels like that it would be too much stress on one person, coauthoring would be the answer to help an author work out their problems.  Finding a co-author to work with, a writer needs to find a person that is able to work together resulting in their combing imaginations, knowledge, experience, and energy.  For Gina and Janice, they connected because it was, “simply the love of a good story with a strong plot line.”  Them working together also allows them to work off what they are good at.  Janice is the perfectionist, making everything right while Gina is an organizer extraordinaire, making sure they get everything done meeting a deadline.  A “con” to writing a novel is the word deadline. This word that you can ask anyone, when they know they have a task assigned, they get a gut feeling that they need to get it done. Gina and Janice said, “two procrastinators, no matter how brilliant, will be doubly handicapped when meeting a deadline.” As hard as it is getting work done before a deadline, the after feeling of thinking, “wow I got that done” all the stress build-up is finally gone.

Creating their novel, “Ciao Bella” it came together when Gina had a trip to Italy’s Euganean Hills.  Overall making it a novel, Gina’s Italian heritage helped them shape the book.  A “pro” working together on a novel allows the two authors to split the work.  It is good using coauthoring because authors do too have a family and a real job that they still need to keep up with in the real world.  The source of technology today being able to email each other their chapters, thoughts and concerns about the novel makes it easier to use this instead of needing to meet up and talk.  Once again, the word deadline comes up when authors needs to keep in mind of their agents and editors, marketing, cover letters, etc.  Working with agents and publishers there are always “cons” along the way.  Gina and Janice talk about how many rejection letters from publishers and writer’s block that they receive.  These downfalls make them work together and harder to get the results they want.

Lastly, there are the rules that Gina and Janice put together so they would successfully not rip each other head’s off while putting together this novel.  A sample of a rule would be, “If Janice wrote something Gina didn’t like, it was up to Janice to gently convince Gina of its magnificence or out it went.”  Sometimes it would take them a series of e-mails back and forth to agree on a problem but working together all problems were solved.  Every up’s and down’s authors go through together, in the end it is a lesson learned they can keep when writing their next novel together. Gina and Janice end with, “So give coauthoring a thought at least, if not a try. You may be surprised at the results — and the rewards.”

Buonaguro, Gina. “How to Co-Author a Novel.” The Huffington Post., 29 Dec. 2009. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.


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