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Author collaborations can be fantastic ... except when they aren't. In this post, we'll look at how to avoid bad author collaborations and the questions you should answer before you dive in!

It's no secret that I'm into collaborations. I wrote a whole book on working with others called Creative Collaborations.

And yet ... I've had some bad ones.

I still recommend working with others, but I've learned a lot and am way better at choosing good projects and good partners. I hope this helps you avoid those bad author collaborations!

KINDS OF COLLABORATIONS

First of all, if you haven't worked with other authors, you might be wondering about the kinds of collaborations you can have.

Really, the sky is the limit as far as ways you could partner up and support other authors or work together. But here are some of the common ways authors work together all the time.

  • newsletter swaps (sharing other authors' books in exchange for sharing yours)
  • joint author box sets or anthologies
  • series or shared, connected worlds
  • co-writing a book
  • group promotions through Bookfunnel, Story Origin, etc
  • running a giveaway together
  • joint Facebook groups
  • co-hosting a podcast
  • interviews (on blogs, Youtube, etc)
  • and so many more!

Authors work together in all kinds of ways and it can really benefit everyone involved to work together and expand reach or share readers.

But ... you can also end up getting burned. You might lose time, money, or relationships. Or, you might just derail your forward trajectory and momentum when you make a group project your focus.

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