How Does Co-Authoring A Book Work?

With many aspiring authors pursuing major publishers as their avenue of publishing and confronting dead-ends, writers can either continue trying or adopt a more pro-active response to fulfilling their publishing needs. Co-authorship is one such response that can help aspiring writers get there words in print. This is how it works…

Co-authoring is the act of approaching an individual and/or group that has celebrity status or someone who is an established author in a particular field, to write a book together. It is ultimately about finding a known name and offering a co-author agreement.

For example: If you were an unknown author writing a book on tennis, there is a high probability that you will not be published. But if you were to contact Roger Federer, a great tennis player, and told him that you were writing a book on tennis and would he like to co-author it with you, your chances of publication would greatly increase.

There is no one set way to enter an agreement as a co-author, with agreements varying depending on different situations. Some agreements will require you to manage the entire process while the other person will lend their name and credibility. Sometimes they will do this at no cost, other times they may want a share in the profits. They may or may not contribute to expenses. Every situation warrants different terms and conditions, however, you need to discuss all points, especially in regards to costs and profits.

Co-authoring, like a engaging the services of a literary agent, is not a way to get published on its own. What it does is that it creates a more appealing product that is more likely to be accepted by a conventional publisher. It is essentially a pre-strategy to increase your chances of success with other publishing options, such as major publishers.


Dale Beaumont is the author of this article. He is an internationally renowned book publishing expert, the author of 16 best-selling books and the creator of the Get Published Secrets Program.  

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