If you are a first-time writer, you might consider collaborating with another writer or writers to get that first book published. Writing on your own day after day can be very lonesome work, whereas working with others can be most stimulating and offer different points of view and the old adage “two heads are better than one” can really reaps benefits when writing a book. There will also be more hands to take care of the task that must be completed. Naturally, there are some tips that should be noted when seeking to collaborate. Make sure you choose someone whose skills at least match your own. They need not be the exact same skills however. You might excel at character and story line development, while they do well at lively dialogue or historical research.
The drawbacks to collaborating might include such things as personality clashes or differing levels of commitment to getting things done. There might even be legal implications. For instance, what do you do if you begin the project, but the other party leaves you to complete the work? Will you still offer them half of the royalties? What if you get the manuscript to a publisher, but the other party refuses to sign on? Before you begin any collaborated effort, make sure you draw up a contract that takes these kinds of things into account. If you still feel uncomfortable about the situation, get it notarized by a lawyer.