Over my past few blog posts, I’ve mentioned indie writers working together collaboratively, and it’s something I talk about a lot on social media.
What is working collaboratively?
I’ve been asked this a few times. Writers want to know… how does one work collaboratively?
There are some ways, but one I’m going to talk about is boxed sets. Not the ones that a paid promoter does but the one that YOU do yourself.
Boxed sets are a lot of work but can be an excellent way to collaborate with other writers and find new readers.
Last year I was in four sets and this year, I’m in three. I’ve been a participant and also an organizer.
Tips for a great Boxed Set
Here are my tips on having a successful boxed set –
- Have a theme, for example, holidays or summer
- Have your books the same word count (approximately)
- Work with writers you know (preferably)
- Be upfront with the subgenres, heat levels (for romance), pricing, marketing, timelines, etc. I believe it’s critical for writers to understand expectations.
- Be organized. One writer needs to be the leader and direct the group.
- Delegate jobs to the team members e.g. cover art, advertising, budgeting, etc.
- Give reasonable and practical deadlines
- Ensure all stories are professionally edited and meet your guidelines.
- Everyone must promote the set to their newsletter subscribers and on social media.
Things to consider for success
Personally, I think a group of 10 committed authors is a great way to work. That’s ten novels or novellas for your readers to read.
Other areas to think about are, are the books previously published? Or is the material new? Are you going for wide distribution or Kindle Unlimited? Issues like these need to be decided upfront and checked to be sure you don’t violate any of Amazon’s TOS.
The organizer should have one person they trust in charge of the money needed for publication costs. Transfers can be made via PayPal which is straightforward and transparent. All the publication costs, ads, etc. should be clearly articulated, so the writers know how and where the money is being spent. Any leftover money after all costs? The group then decides whether to have a refund to themselves or do further ads.
What about paying authors for sales? Each organizer works differently, but I use a third party who not only formats and collates the set, but is responsible for the uploading on to the e-retailers, as well as paying the authors equally.
The company I use provides monthly reports clearly providing sales information (and page reads for KU) so each author can see how the set is performing.
Because I’m in Australia and work with authors in the US and UK, I prefer to have a company manage the taxes and payments for each of us. However, these (reputable) companies do take a portion of the net sales.
Working with other writers is also a fab way of not being so isolated and gives you and your readers an opportunity to discover other authors.
PS – Joanna Penn has a fab article on this, which deals more with the “mechanics” of a set.
Can love work the second time around?
Bea Morgan-Young always had excuses for her outrageous behaviour. In spite of Bea’s supportive brother and loving foster family, trouble just kept finding her. Even when Nigel Ashworth—Ash to his friends—had defended her, she’d only lashed out at him. When she runs into him ten years later, she’s settled down a bit, but still loves being the scandalous party girl, clubbing, and being the centre of attention. Though they’ve fallen in love, even his marriage proposal isn’t enough to make her compromise and move to Israel for Ash’s lucrative new job. Then one empowering weekend changes everything for Bea. Ash may be gone, but Bea’s determined to win him back.
Ash is a master at solving problems for the hotels he works for, but he’s never solved the problem of Bea, the reckless wild child he’d fallen for. Now she’s back a year later, swearing she’s changed. Has the uncompromising party girl really grown up at last? Or is it just another lie when she tells him she wants a second chance at love?
Joanne’s latest book, Always You (a prequel to Falling for Mr Wrong), about second chance love, is available for pre-order.
Joanne Dannon is an Australian author who writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savour–indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel.
Joanne’s latest romance about second chances and falling for your best friend’s brother, Together At Last, is now available as both an e-book and paperback.
Joanne is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family. She can be found on Facebook and her website www.joannedannon.com chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.