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Friday, October 8, 2010

We're Outing Ourselves

Doo, du, du, doo! (*those were trumpets blaring*)  I'm excited to finally be able to tell you about the WIP I've been working on.  Only I haven't been working alone... the lovely and talented Nikki Katz, has been co-authoring with me.  [If you don't know Nikki yet, be sure to check out her blog.]  I feel so blessed to have met Nikki on YALitChat, worked with her on Oasis for YA, and now can say we've co-written a book together.  SQUEE!!

We finished our
first draft this week (after about two months worth of writing) and figured we could finally "out ourselves" and share the details with you.  We're about to roll up our sleeves and get to work on the edits, but plan on blogging about co-authoring process. It's gone remarkably well for us (we think) and we'd like to share our tips in case co-authoring is something you've ever considered yourself. Next week, I'll tell you the process we used to get started.  Do you have any questions about co-authoring?  Leave a comment here or on Nikki's blog and we'll make sure to answer them!

For now, I'll leave you with my top 3 reasons to consider co-authoring a novel (I could write more, but then you might get bored):
1.  It's motivating - when someone else is waiting on your chapter, you get it written
2.  It's fun - like reading a great book you just picked up, only you get to be an editor and breathe life into too
3.  You have a built-in brainstorming & critique partner - it's harder to miss logical inconsistencies or date blunders when two sets of eyes are looking at it. Plus, ideas really start flowing when you're bouncing them off each other.
And without further ado... our description for Beneath the Surface.  Tell us what you think!
The chase is on....
Seventeen-year old Wren Lassiter planned on a relaxing summer break on an exclusive, remote island in Lake Huron. But when island newcomer, Chase Regas, nearly plows her over in his speed boat, he winds up tearing apart more than just her shoulder.  From Chase, Wren learns that she's descended from an ancient Greek monster, she pays a role in fulfilling an ancient curse, and she's about to rekindle a romance that spans past lives.  Turns out, whether it's dealing with herself, Chase, or the curse, Wren finds there's way more than she expected Beneath the Surface


LM Preston said...

Oh, I'm so excited for you both!! I never considered co-authoring, however, now I'm seriously thinking of doing it with my son who has an awesome story idea. He asked me to write it and I just may consider it.

salarsenッ said...

I'm so freaking psyched for you both!!

My question would be how do you collaborate ideas at the onset? How did you first come up with an outline, or did you write chapter one and fly by the set of your pants?

Melissa said...

Congratulations on finishing! It's so exciting to be done... can't wait until I join the ranks of the finished!

I don't think I could co-author. I'm way too controlling when it comes to my world and characters. Plus... I don't think I could say ours. Mine sounds better. To me. I guess this means I have some pride issues?

Jessie said...

@LM and Sheri - thanks! Sher - I'll answer your questions on Tuesday!

@Melissa - nothing wrong with being proud of your own work.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Congratulations! Finishing a first draft is something to be proud of!

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