This past year I began collaborating with fellow author Jude Mason ( http://www.my-haven2001.com/ ) on a few different series of books for both Total E-Bound and Phaze. Co-authoring has been a blast and a lot of people ask how we do it. I thought I'd talk about that today.
The first thing we agreed on, before we ever had a story idea, was that no book was worth harming our friendship. If, at any time during our writing process, one of us felt uncomfortable or unhappy about the way things were going we'd speak up. Friendship first, books second. I'm proud and pleased to say we've not encountered problem one. Our writing methods and styles are similar enough that we've meshed and are getting along fine.
We've done a couple different manners of collaboration. With Phaze, we decided on a series of four books about men who'd just been released from Corcoran State Prison in California. This series was for the Phaze Rocks line, so each of the titles would also be a song title. We chose the series title Slippery When Wet, and used four songs from the Bon Jovi album by the same name. An incident in the showers which happened in prison was co-written, and would appear in each of the four books, which were individually written. Each title stands alone. My first title, Wanted Dead or Alive, was released in March and has been a Phaze bestseller ever since. The second book, Livin' on a Prayer by Jude Mason, comes out this month. The others, Never Say Goodbye (Jamie) and I'd Die For You (Jude) will be released in June and July. We're also hoping a print version with all four titles will be ready about that same time. We really loved these hot, m/m stories and hope the readers will, too!
For Total E-Bound Jude and I collaborated in a different manner. We've done two series there, Untamed Hearts (shifters) and Kindred Spirits (ghosts). Each of these will have four books minimum, and will be released in print sets as well as ebooks. We're currently working on the fourth Untamed Hearts and the third Kindred Spirits. (Confused yet?) Check out our series pages and we'll get you all squared away!
For the TEB series, Jude and I brainstormed a rough outline, then sent the manuscripts back and forth. She wrote the opening scenes and approximately 2-3000 words, then sent it to me. We continued back and forth, and I usually wrote the ending. We edited the heck out of each manuscript and then submitted it and held our breath. We've had very positive responses so far, and our toes are crossed that our luck and our fun will continue.
I hope this has given you a little peek into the craziness that is our co-authoring technique! Thanks again to YGR for having me, and I'll come back soon as more madness strikes. In the meantime, you can always find me here:
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