If you have an idea for a book but don't have enough time or energy to complete your work alone, you may consider working with someone else. It may even be essential that you collaborate because you lack particular skills or knowledge. But before you begin any joint project, consider the risks. Two heads may often be better than one, but all too often they result in double the work load and half the efficiency.
A writing partnership conceived in a romantic glow, its goals and methods left to chance, is apt to produce very little but anger and bitterness. If you've decided to work with another writer, or with a photographer or illustrator, you can minimize later frustration both by discussing the details of your proposed collaboration openly and honestly, and by writing down your agreement as clearly as possible. To leave the details of a collaboration hanging in the air makes as little sense as letting a publisher publish your manuscript with the details to be worked out later.
When you analyze the elements of any joint writing venture, you'll find the potential problem areas fall into about half a dozen categories. For example, there are problems of creative and artistic control, business