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7 Benefits Of An Author Collective

6 August 2012

From author Joanna Penn:

 The publishing landscape continues to change but what doesn’t change is the author’s need to write and connect with readers.

We all need to be responsible for our own careers and sometimes that means getting together for a mutually beneficial goal. Here are 7 benefits of being part an author collective from Triskele Books, an collective made up of six writers.

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(1) Independence

A collective provides the best of both worlds: a sense of unity, but at the same time, freedom. We each retain the rights to our own work and make our own decisions regarding the practicalities of getting the book out there; ebook or paperback, exclusivity or variety, and marketing choices. And each author retains her own profits. The collective helps the writer realise the dream but doesn’t dictate choices. We write historical fiction, crime, literary fiction, so it’s obvious one size will not fit all.

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(4) Twelve-eye principle

Six people proof-reading and offering blurb advice could be confusing and counter-productive, but we maintained the original idea – what is the writer trying to achieve and how can we help her get there? All marketing material is checked and approved by everyone, which may slow the process a little, but ensures we are all happy with the way we are presented.

Link to the rest at The Creative Penn


11 Comments to “7 Benefits Of An Author Collective”

  1. Sounds like the 1919 manifesto of United Artists founders DW Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.

    Ms. Penn has always been a leader in the indie community and it appears she will continue well into the future.

    Peace, Seeley

  2. Thanks for flagging our initiative. And I’m just delighted to have our name mentioned alongside those Seely James highlights. It’s early days but we’ll keep you posted.

  3. I belong to a group that could very loosely be deemed a collective. No money or formalization is involved. But we critique each other’s work, brainstorm back cover copy and promotional materials, advise and direct on cover art and promote one another’s work (I’m not pubbed yet–I’m paying it forward). In the group we have a couple of folks with sidelines as paid editors (developmental and copy editing), artists, someone with a great blog and more connections in the blogosphere, etc. We live all over the country, but we’re very tight. It absolutely does help to have a “team” in your corner!

    Thanks to these great tips, we may have to consider formalizing the relationship!

    • Hi Kat
      Sounds like you’re pretty much there. The hardest thing is to find a group of people you trust and you’ve obviously got that. Keep paying it forward, with writers, bookshops, readers and one day, you’ll have a a whole bunch of people waiting to support you and your work.
      When you’re ready for blog space, I’d be happy to interview you/offer a guest spot. Here’s the piece on the Triskele launch. Wishiing you and your group all the very best. http://jjmarsh.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/triskele-books-the-launch/

  4. Thank you for the feature, reading this makes me realise how far we’ve come and I doubt The Charter would have happened without Triskele Books. Having a support network has been such a blessing and I’d recommend this approach to anyone considering independent publishing.

  5. While these sorts of collective initiatives have been around for some time, I suspect they will increase in importance.

    Several years ago a number of historical fiction authors who had met each other on groups like authonomy came together to form the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative to find a way to promote their ebooks on line.

    The Cooperative has grown to 31 members and we have 89 books in our catalog. This group grows by invitation only because we want to make sure of the quality and commitment to marketing on the part of members. Our goal is to make our website the place that readers of historical fiction rely on to discover new authors and hear about new publications. http://HFeBooks.com/

    We don’t sell books directly, but do provide buy links, links to authors social media, blog posts about doing historical research, etc. For the authors, the Cooperative has offered a wonderfully supportive environment where we share information about writing, self-publishing, social media, etc. and by doing cross promotion we leverage our collective social media presence.

    And personally, it has been a wonderful way to make a whole lot of new friends among the writing community.

    M. Louisa Locke
    Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits

  6. I absolutely love the idea of authors coming together. Power, support, influence, connections. Wonderful.

    And I agree, I think we’ll see more and more of them. The benefits are huge.

    @Jill – good luck! Thanks for blazing a trail!

    • Thanks Mira! The benefits ARE gold dust, as I can testify having received Book Two edits back from the gang this morning! So, like you, I do hope we see more collectives/cooperatives form. Halfway up a Swiss mountain, I can’t tell you how I appreciate feeling part of a dynamic and active group. Cheers!

  7. Mira, it is exciting to be at the start of something I can see being huge, thanks for the support and comments!

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