Writing a book is hard work, requiring strong research, organization, and composition skills.
Co-authoring a book is hard work halved, but requires the additional skills of cooperation and partnership.
My recently released book, Digital Legacy Plan, A Guide to the Personal and Practical Elements of Your Digital Life Before You Die
, was released by Self-Counsel Press in March and co-authored by Angela Crocker.
It is the result of both hard work and true partnership.
To be successful, good partnership requires, first and foremost bucket loads of goodwill and positive intention, but more than that it requires the partners to create clarity around expectations, and to bring near equal amounts of talent, time and resources to the equation.
While our writing partnership was supported by the great blessing of enabling technology — a shared Google drive for organizing and filing research and hosting the master manuscript, Skype and Zoom platforms for remote discussions, either locally in our pajamas, or while traveling — the most significant contributor to the success of the project was time invested at the beginning, developing and designing our partnership agreement.