Monday, November 6, 2017

Top 10 Reasons For Using a Co-Author By Linda Hanna and Deborah Dulworth

Top 10 Reasons For Using a Co-Author
By Linda Hanna and Deborah Dulworth

Have you ever wondered if collaborating with another writer is a good idea? Granted, this type of partnership isn’t for everyone, but we’ve come up with a list of the top ten reasons why it works for us.
10.  Someone to nibble cookies and sip coffee with at book signings. With a writing buddy there’s always a party waiting to happen.
9.   Someone to help you spit out the word that’s stuck on the tip of your tongue.
8.   Split the workload (research, queries, proposal, etc.) and expenses (mailings, postcards, bookmarks, etc.)
7.    Share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Co-authorship offers a built-in shoulder to cry on for a rejection . . . should you ever get one. On the flipside, it’s always more fun to celebrate with another person for victories . . . should you ever get one.
6.    Broader readership. Let’s face it, co-authors = twice the friends and relatives.
5.    Double the learning experience at writers’ conferences. You can take separate workshops or if you happen to be a notoriously bad notetaker, your writing partner has your back. (Problems may arise if said partner also has ADD, but we’ll leave that topic for another time.)
4.   Automatic backup system. With a writing partner, a computer glitch does not mean you’ve lost your latest MS changes. Oh, contraire! If your built-in buddy is on the ball, he/she has you covered.
3.   Opportunity to remind each other of the rules of writing. Unless you both struggle with the same issue, such as the comma drama. Which is why we have critique partners.
2.   Double the brain input. Hopefully, two heads are better than one! It’s more fun to bounce ideas/thoughts/experiences off a friend.
And the number one reason for having a writing partner is:
1.  Keep each other accountable. When you work alone, it’s easier to become distracted.  However, with a co-author, you feel the need to respect the other person’s time.


The Promise of Spring

Will they walk away from love or learn to trust?
The Promise of Spring

Millie Drake’s mind drifts between hard-knock reality and starry-eyed fantasy as she tries to keep her six-month romance with Lou Blythe from her dysfunctional mother. Her mother, Penny, expects more for Millie than a shy, knuckle-cracking, computer geek with a mangy, germ-carrying dog. When the couple’s secret comes out, Penny works overtime to sabotage their odious relationship.

Along with his computer business, Lou sings with The Warble-Heirs quartet, with a voice so deep it melts the polish off your toenails. The quartet is offered a six-week contract to sing on a cruise ship. That’s when a scheming Penny rolls up her matchmaking sleeves to snag a new love interest for Millie. KAPP’s hunky news anchor is in her cross hairs.

Meanwhile, on the cruise ship, Lou has battles of his own as he wrestles with wind, waves, and women.

Will Penny finally get her comeuppance? Can Millie and Lou find their way back to each other?

About the Authors

Linda Hanna
Deborah Dulworth
The writing team of Hanna and Dulworth deliver a story full of love and faith, and sprinkled with touches of humor that will have you wondering whether to laugh or cry. Their first novel in the Seasons of Change series, Come Next Winter, released in 2016. Linda and Debbie love to share uplifting messages of faith, family, and love. Their hope is to inspire and encourage readers on their own spiritual journey. Though their paths have unexpected twists and turns, they cling unswervingly to their faith and God continues to bless.

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