How my Collaborative Team helped me become a Published Author

First Anniversary

This September marks one year of the publishing of my first book, Through the Mist. It’s been an unparalleled experience of working with a diverse team. The book is not just a collection of short stories; it involved working with four other authors to finish the stories. It wasn’t only writing but also switching points of view; thinking not just of the reader but also the writer who was going to complete my story.

Through the Mist, a collection of five stories, written by five authors was a unique idea to start with. The starting point of each story was a picture. Each author started a different story, a different genre, with a set of characters that she liked. Then that story was handed over to the next author for her to take the story forward. The process repeated itself till each story had been written by all five authors.

So, we got five stories born out of the rich imagination and diverse experiences of the authors. Even though we all looked at the same picture, we had very different takes. The protagonists and the settings were wildly different from each other.

Languish in Love is a love story with a twist. It is narrated by a poet who is searching for his long lost love. It meanders through bitter sweet memories till he is on the verge of finding his love.

A Middle Class Story is just that; the story of a middle class family, with typical middle class aspirations especially when it comes to marriage and looking for a life partner. It could be a commentary on social values but it is a good laugh riot.

The Lone Man portrays fear and loneliness from the loss of a partner which soon descends to chilling horror when John finds the mysterious book in the library he works at.

A Strange Life has Aarya, struggling to climb the corporate ladder and who finds herself slipping into an alternate reality when she encounters a strange dwarf who guides her to psychics.

Turn of the Tides is the story of the mightiest element of nature, the sea and of the men who are at the mercy of her power.

The five stories were overseen by the in house editor who made sure that the stories were coherent, that the expressions did not vary widely and there was a smooth flow in the narration.

It has been a labour of love, right from the putting together of the team to publishing the final product.

Collaboration: A Supportive Process

Writing can be a very lonely process. For me, the story arc gets intimidating. I spend too much time in creating the setting. My characters need a lot of space to develop. I flounder at ending stories; I just can’t seem to get to the finish line.

In this entire process of writing Through the Mist, I was supported by my team. The photo acted as a prompt. Even though it showed a mountain, my mind imagined a sea beyond that mist. This helped me create a two-protagonist story with alternating point of view, both in the first person narrative.

For the other stories, it became easier to take over the baton. The setting was there, the characters had been introduced, I only had to write the next part. This was helpful because I can get quite indecisive about which direction the story should take.

Ending another story was challenging because I had to unravel a mystery and explain the loose ends. But the hard work done by all the authors before me helped.

The editor took care of the flow of the story. I really did not have to worry about how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

Gratitude

Immense Gratitude and Thanks to every person in my team. Jithin, who conceptualised the idea and gave all the five authors their first published book. Aadhira, who worked tirelessly over the months, co-ordinating, editing and smoothing out obstacles.
My four excellent co-authors, Abirami, Aadithya, Nimitha and Rupali who helped me in giving direction to stories and tying up the ends neatly.

Holding the paperback in my hands was well worth the effort of the preceding months.

If you would like to read this unique book, you can buy the paperback from the Publisher.

Kindle edition lovers, buy the book from Amazon.

You can read the book free on Kindle Unlimited.

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234 thoughts on “How my Collaborative Team helped me become a Published Author

      1. It is a children’s fantasy. It is almost done. Before I get to the 2nd draft, will talk a little break, then will start that 2nd draft.

        I have never written a book before: I just wrote without thinking: that is how I write best.

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      2. I may be 24, but I still read children’s books. Not the too easy ones like picture books and the ones that are like 100 or so pages.

        My book I am writing is a children’s fantasy and I am getting ready to read in the same genre.

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      3. I have loved fantasy since I was in elementary school. I think that was part of why my book ended up being a children’s fantasy- when my idea turned to Fairy Frogs, I knew it was going to be a children’s book

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      4. I still have not figured out how do you tell these characters apart. The book will have illustrations in that. I have not gotten to that part yet. Figuring out how to tell them apart in what they look like.

        I do know Aires always wears his red carpenter hat with that white A.

        Tweetsie, being 5, maybe wears a bow or something.

        Still, it is not time yet to figure out the difference between what they look like

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      5. That is why I have to careful with my page length.

        If it becomes a series if it needs to, already have an idea of the title of the series: Fairy Creek Chronicles. My Fairy Frogs live in Fairy Creek. 105 pages does show a lot of my plot already- just depends on what the added scenes do in the second draft

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      6. Fairy Creek used to be called Cattail Forest. Fairy Creek- that name makes more sense to the Fairy Frogs

        Cattail Forest is now the entire Greenway where both Fairy Creek and Graysloup are located

        Graysloup now has a very very deep location called “The Bog”. The creeks are deeper. Mud is deeper too. Basically everything is deeper.

        Crazy when Marge and Sarge were never related. It got changed to Uncle/niece. Final result is they are cousins.

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      7. Writing Sarge is difficult in a children’s novel. He is a bully for a good chunk of the book- that is why he eventually had to become Marge’s cousin in the end. He is only 17 years old, but this guy had it tough- his mother left him at age 3 or 5 leaving him with his cruel father. His father then started mistreating him leaving him in his early teens. He ended up being filled with so much anger and jealously- he ended up putting his pain on other especially towards his cousin- his cousin had it easy- Marge had a loving family. Sarge got even more jealous when he noticed the Fairy Frogs are naturally gifted at the arts. His upbringing led him to become the way he is- a mother who left him at such a young age and a father who mistreated him and left him in his young teens

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  1. It is great to know the process from your perspective and it was awesome to work with you all..

    And I really enjoyed and still enjoy your writing, working with you, and above all the friendship the book nurtured.. πŸ™‚

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  2. Congrats!! I think that’s great that you published a book, will be glad to check it out! You are so right , when you hold the book in your hands you realize how it was well worth all.the work that went into it! Such an awesome feeling! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so Very Much! Your love and appreciation is a Ton of encouragement to me.

      It’s an awesome feeling indeed πŸ™‚

      I would be happy if you read my book. The paperback is available only in India. You would have to check out the Kindle edition.

      Would love to hear your feedback πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Vartika.

      Yes, the ebook is available on Amazon. The paperback is available through the publisher’s website.

      I have included the links to these at the end of the post.

      Do contact me if you need anything clarified.

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    1. Thank you Rashi.

      There are a lot of things that I am yet to explore about your blog. I guess you shifted to WordPress recently.

      Your YouTube channel! It’s superb.

      Your winning entry for Lights, Camera, Chatter was wonderful.

      Most of all I admire the way you chase your dreams.

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      1. You made me smile πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot for appreciating my efforts. Yes, have started this new blog and planning to share all the different things that I do, that’s why ‘Mixed Bag’ … glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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  3. This is so good to know that such collaborations (and camaraderie) takes place in this cut-throat environment of publishing where most first-time authors find it hard to thrive. I’m on Kindle Unlimited and would definitely look out for the book.

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    1. Writing a book is perseverance personified. Marketing and selling is a different ball game altogether.

      With self publishing getting easier, there are many writers who are putting out their work on their own terms and that is very good.

      My team has provided me fantastic support and we all learned from each other.

      Do read the book, Jheelum. I would love your feedback. Waiting!

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  4. I remember there was a movie in Tamil called 12B. 2 stories with same actors – just what if it happens, and not. There are a few others as well. This experiment seems to be similar for me. Collaboration is not easy unless u r in same frequency. kudos to u all.

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    1. 12B seems to have an interesting premise. Maybe that is how I should write a story. Exploring possibilities in a situation.

      Collaboration requires a lot of patience and understanding. Thankfully, I had a fantastic team.

      Thanks for your wishes, Mahesh!

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      1. I have already watched it! But it splits just two ways.. One event, the hero catching the bus, 12B.. What happens if he boards it and what happens if he doesn’t..

        Maybe we should write one.. Splitting each possibility between us..

        And the event could be, what happens if Patlu eats that candy and what if he doesn’t! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  5. Congratulations Sona. Wonderful concept of collaboration. Would be coming out with the review of this very soon.
    Keep the great work going. Hoping to collaborate sooner than later.
    #MyFriendAlexa #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

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    1. Thanks for your wishes, Mahak.

      You would like this short story collection as all the stories have a different genre.

      You can read the book free on Kindle Unlimited.
      The ebook is available on Amazon and the paperback is available from the publisher’s website. I have included the links in the post.

      Do contact me if you need any clarification. Waiting for your feedback on my book!

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  6. Thanks for reading, Manas.
    Collaborative work brings out the best in every person and we can depend on each other’s strengths.

    I am waiting for your review of my book with bated breath!

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    1. Truly Lavanya, editing is a pain in the neck! No matter how many rounds you do, there is always something that gets overlooked. Thankfully, my editor has been very patient and supportive.

      Thanks to you for your wishes.

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    1. Thanks for your wishes, Priyal!

      You can read the book free on Kindle Unlimited. You can buy the ebook on Amazon and the paperback from the publisher’s website. I have included the links in the post.

      Would love your feedback on my book!

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  7. Hearty Congratulations Sona & Team . I can understand your jubilation on publishing a book as we used to publish Diwali Editions for 17 years . Every year , it was work of passion , co-operation , creation, publication and finally the reader’s compliments , which kept us high. #MyFriendAlexa #SujatawdeReads

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    1. Thanks for your wishes, Sujata.

      Diwali Editions sounds very intriguing. Please tell me more about the people who were involved and where they were published.

      I would love to look them up.

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  8. That is indeed a very interesting way of writing a book. First time I am hearing about it. I have heard of collaborative efforts but this seems to be totally different. It is available on Kindle Unlimited. I will definitely look through it. #MyFriendAlexa #JaiSReads

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    1. It’s been a great experience writing the stories with a team. We could not even envisage the end product; there were so many surprises along the way.

      I would be very glad if you can read the book and provide your valuable feedback. Thanks, Jai!

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    1. Thanks Sonia!

      It’s the first Anniversary of publishing the book. And it was my first book so it would always be special.

      Yes, we writers and bloggers do need a lot of support especially in the initial stages. Fame and Money seems to be a validation for everything but for a writer the joy of creation is enough.

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    1. Thanks Shamik!

      The book has five short stories written by five authors in five different genres.

      Please read it and tell me how you found it. Reading and reviewing is the best way to support an author πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Namy!

      Tell me more about the blind collaborative poetry. Does that mean you don’t know the participants? I too would like to do that but poetry is not my forte.

      You should share yours.

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  9. This reminds me of a challenge Blogadda had once started where teams of bloggers were given a set of characters and each team was to base a story on these characters in much the same way – a relay fashion with each team member taking the story forward.
    Your idea of a different story with the same prompt is a very interesting idea and I would definitely like to read this book to find out how each person interprets the same picture. Thanks for sharing this post!

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts.

      A relay story telling can be a lot of fun because there’s no telling what the next part would be and where it is going to end.

      I would be very glad if you pick my book to read and I would love to know how you liked it. You can read it for free on Kindle Unlimited or buy the ebook or paperback from the links at the end of the post.

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  10. The stories are amazing indeed but what stands out for me in this book is how beautifully you authors are in sync with each other. The teamwork shown by all the authors is surely praiseworthy. I loved all the stories read so far in this book. All the best.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Preeti!

      This is so much encouragement for me and the others. All the credit for the seamless writing goes to my co authors and the editor who literally read each sentence tens of times.

      I am glad those efforts bore fruit.

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  11. Not an easy process and such collaboration has multiple benefits, it seems you have all done with lot of vigor and the final product had to be very a good one, and more than the end product, I am sure the journey of collaborative working is more cherishing and satisfying.
    All the best to the entire team for great success.
    πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful words, Nihar.

      You have summarised the entire collaborative experience so aptly. It has truly been a very satisfying journey.

      It’s very encouraging for the entire team to be appreciated thus.

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  12. This is such a unique collaboration. I had once participated in one- it was a chain story- one would work on a short till a twist and would pass it on to the other writer.

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  13. This is interesting.. Great to see you are following your passion.. Congratulations
    BTW I got to know what collaborating publishing means.. It is a good concept

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    1. Thanks Vandana!

      I am sure you would love to read the book. You can read it for free on Kindle Unlimited. The links to the ebook and paperback are given in the post.

      Do share your feedback.

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