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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s your vision statement as a writing collaborator?

To partner with people doing significant work to help them further their reach.

 

Do you write every book you work on from the ground up?

My job is to take an author’s material from whatever stage it’s at and help create a winning book out of it. Sometimes a project is a full collaborative work where we start with an idea or outline then build a complete manuscript from the beginning. Other times, an author already has a working manuscript that needs to be shaped, polished, or developed into a full book. At times, content comes to me in the form of tapes or speeches that have been given, and a book is developed from there. Sometimes I write a first draft of a book, then send it to an author for a final pass.

 

How do you work best with an author?

Phone interviews are often most expedient. If needed, I will fly to where an author lives or works, so we can work on a book face to face. Some authors provide notes, recorded messages, or transcripts, then release me to craft the content from there. Really, it depends on each project and the personality and preference of each author.

 

How is cover credit decided?

Cover credit is typically negotiated between agents and built into a contract. If a collaborative writer adds content or edits a manuscript’s substance in a significant manner, then a “with” cover credit is often seen. An “and” credit often means that an author and collaborative writer have added equal amounts of content to a manuscript. Cover credit is sometimes not given to a collaborator. A variety of reasons exist for this, as each project is unique. The deciding factor is what’s best for the manuscript, and I’m very flexible to this process.

 

What’s your end goal with each project?

I aim to capture and preserve an author’s unique voice, then help craft that voice into a unique message that reaches readers everywhere. In the end, I want every author and publisher to be very happy with the final product and confident that the material conveys the message and tone intended.

 

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HI, I'M MARCUS BROTHERTON,

the bestselling author or coauthor of more than 25 books. Welcome to my blog. Thoreau pointed out how too many people lead lives of quiet desperation. Their lives are bland and meaningless, or they make choices that trap them in despair and darkness. By contrast, I want to help people lead lives of excellence. Meet here regularly for powerful stories and insight into how to live and lead well.