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  • Writer's pictureLaura Schaefer

I'll Take the Lead: How a Book Collaboration is a Lot Like a Partner Dance

Did you know I was once a Lindy Hopper?

It's true.

Lindy Hop is a swing dance invented in the early 20th century and revived again toward the end.

I loved it!

I took lessons every week and even traveled regularly to go to competitions and events around the country. It was so fun.

The best part of the dance was the energy and connection created between partners. I found it to be so much better than dancing by myself or in a group. A true joy, really.

Today, I see the parallels between my Lindy Hop days and the work I do as a ghostwriter. While I write books alone sometimes, I'm glad that's not the only thing I do.

The reason is simple: when I'm helping an author client bring their stories and ideas to the page, we often find that we are more than the sum of our parts. The energy and connection created by a book collaboration between two people leads to a better result than either of us could accomplish on our own.

The thing is, of course, the energy has to come from both sides.

If I have a great conversation with someone who wants to write a book and we click, I send them a collaboration proposal.

It's a big moment because that document is a concrete plan...a real timeline for working together. This can be intimidating!

It makes a project that feels nebulous and dreamy suddenly very real.

So, if I don't hear back, I understand. I may send one follow up email, but then I let it rest.

Writing a book, even with a ghostwriter, is no small thing. I need my author clients to be all in. If they're not, it just won't work.

What I want to know much energy do you have?

I hope it's a lot.

Reach out to me today if you'd like a partner on your book project.

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