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Saturday, April 21 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Collaborators, Co-authors, and Ghosts: The Delicate Art of Writing Your Book with Someone Else without Losing Your Mind or Resorting to Violence

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Maybe you have a great idea for a book (or a fascinating life story) that you would love to get published, but you’re not an experienced author and have no idea where to begin. Or perhaps you’re a writer looking for a new project and new opportunities to expand your career. Co-writing a book (two individuals working together to create one manuscript) can be the perfect solution. While fun and exciting, co-writing a book can also be a potential minefield full of conflicts and complications. In this session, Joal and Elizabeth will de-mystify the process of co-authoring, covering key topics including:

Division of labor: Who writes what and how much? Who handles editing, rewriting, and polishing?

Financial considerations: Will both authors split the advance and royalties equally? Or will one author pay the other to get the story down on paper?

Contracts and agreements: What type of paperwork do you need to get started?

Writing credit: Will both authors get equal billing on the book’s cover? Or will one author be a “ghostwriter,” only mentioned in the book’s acknowledgments?

Conflict resolution: What happens if the authors simply can’t agree about something, or if the relationship breaks down during the writing?

Co-authors Joal Derse Dauer and Elizabeth Ridley did not know each other before they started working together on “Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World,” published by major New York publisher Kensington in September 2017. Amazingly, they are still on speaking terms. Joal and Elizabeth’s session will feature a special guest appearance by the third member of their writing team, rescue dog Sadie, the “star” of the “Saving Sadie” memoir.
Maybe you have a great idea for a book (or a fascinating life story) that you would love to get published, but you’re not an experienced author and have no idea where to begin. Or perhaps you’re a writer looking for a new project and new opportunities to expand your career. Co-writing a book (two individuals working together to create one manuscript) can be the perfect solution. While fun and exciting, co-writing a book can also be a potential minefield full of conflicts and complications. In this session, Joal and Elizabeth will de-mystify the process of co-authoring, covering key topics including:

Division of labor: Who writes what and how much? Who handles editing, rewriting, and polishing?

Financial considerations: Will both authors split the advance and royalties equally? Or will one author pay the other to get the story down on paper?

Contracts and agreements: What type of paperwork do you need to get started?

Writing credit: Will both authors get equal billing on the book’s cover? Or will one author be a “ghostwriter,” only mentioned in the book’s acknowledgments?

Conflict resolution: What happens if the authors simply can’t agree about something, or if the relationship breaks down during the writing?

Co-authors Joal Derse Dauer and Elizabeth Ridley did not know each other before they started working together on “Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World,” published by major New York publisher Kensington in September 2017. Amazingly, they are still on speaking terms. Joal and Elizabeth’s session will feature a special guest appearance by the third member of their writing team, rescue dog Sadie, the “star” of the “Saving Sadie” memoir.

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Elizabeth Ridley

Elizabeth Ridley’s fifth novel, "Searching for Celia," was published by Bold Strokes Books in New York in 2015. The GBLTQ mystery/thriller was chosen as one of “The 15 Best LGBT Summer Reads” by The Advocate, while Lambda Literary described it as “a riveting tale of identity... Read More →
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Joal Derse Dauer & Sadie

JOAL DERSE DAUER has had a lifelong passion for animals and has worked as a Transitional Organization Specialist for more than twenty-five years. In addition to Sadie, she is a "mom" to a Border collie mix named Sparky and two cats, Miss Kitty and Kit Kat. Saving Sadie is her first... Read More →


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