Why Collaborate?

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Why should you work with someone else on something quite personal – your book (speech, blog post, article…)?

In an ideal world we could accomplish everything we want, on our own. But that’s impossible. It’s especially challenging when contemplating the work and skills necessary to finish a book-length work, which can run anywhere from 50,000 words on the low end to more than 100,000 words on the high end. If you are a busy professional with full-time obligations, do you realistically  have the time to write a book within a prescribed period of time – often three to six months – while maintaining your day job?

Moreover, while I believe writing a sentence, a letter, a brief statement, or a few paragraphs are general skills every literate person should possess, writing a book is different. Non-fiction books demand cogent organization, pacing, narrative drive, logical arguments, along with a powerful message and useful information. While smart people can meet those challenges, can they meet them on the often short deadlines publishers demand. while attending to other obligations? Since many non-fiction books are time sensitive and publishers work on seasonal schedules, they want to publish new acquisitions as soon as possible. It is very rare indeed for an author to be afforded years to finish a book – such generous timelines are generally reserved for established professional historians, investigators, and scientists.

In short a collaborator can help you

* Organize a book and its message

* Provoke great ideas and uncover information

* Enliven the creative process

* Complete necessary research

* Write on deadline

* Support the editing and production process

* Advocate for you and your book

Don’t worry – the resulting product is still your book expressing your ideas and agenda. Remember too that collaborative writing is a very common practice. Some estimates say that more than 60% of commercial non-fiction books are the result of a collaborative effort.