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How to Collaborate on a Novel

So I just completed a book. Rather, four books and am currently working on the fifth in the series. All of these were written since July 2020. Brand new books. In addition, I wrote a reader magnet–an entire free prequel to the series that I and my co-author are giving away for free (more on that below) So by my reckoning, that works out to more than a book a month. That’s a lot of books.

For those needing some proof, here’s a link to Book One, SPLICE: Zero-Point Awakening Episode One.

How to Collaborate on a Novel

So how did I write so much so quickly?
That’s simple. I didn’t. All of these books were written by ZZ Adams. These are all co-authored by my writing partner, Damian J. Clay and me. ZZ Adams is the pen name we came up with for this collaboration. I think the quirky sound of it works great for the kind of funny sci-fi adventure and fantasy we write.

It is because of our collaboration and the techniques we have learned and applied that we have been able to successfully do so much at the standard we have.

Unsure what kind of standard that might be? There’s an easy way to check. Sign up for our ZZ Adams mailing list and you’ll receive several free books and stories.

This includes the prequel to the Zero-Point Awakening series, SIEGE.
https://www.subscribepage.com/zzadams_copy_copy_copy

You will be able to judge the quality of the writing from that and see what a good working collaboration can achieve in a few short months if you put your mind to it and apply a few simple rules and processes.

So what are all these lessons you keep going on about?

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My story ‘The Cabin Boy’ is out now in Frostfire Worlds

Big thanks to the great folks at Alban Lake Publishing for including my story, ‘The Cabin Boy’ in the May edition of Frostfire Worlds. Super proud to finally have a story published and even prouder to be there alongside the super talented R Jean Bell who happens to be the best editor I know and a good friend to boot.

You can pick up a copy of the May publication here. You won’t regret it. Lots of great stories in here!

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Holiday Booking | A 50 Word Short Story

The line for the best-selling author was long.
Toby hadn’t seen him for ages.
“Come back next time,” said his assistant.
“But–”
“He’s a popular man.” She handed him a card.
The bookmark was signed by his father. “Sure. Next time.”
He dropped it in the trash as he left.

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Terms of Service

His son was gaming again when the agent arrived.
“Congratulations. Your boy just clocked a billion followers, so now he’s ours.”
Men with ear pieces pushed past. “You can’t do this.”
“Read the fine print.” The agent smiled. “His people will call you.”
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On the Origins of Halloween | 50 Word Story

The cult leader reached the fields where her people toiled. They bowed as she approached.
“Family, our sacred book will now be replaced by…” Mother Rhapsody held up a triangle and struck a pure note. “This.”
As one the followers tore the pumpkins from the vines and flattened their leader.

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A Proper Goodbye | 50 Word Story

Grandpa’s eyes fluttered closed, face now still like a shrunken wax facsimile.
I touched Dad’s shoulder. “He’s gone. Let’s go.”
He smiled, lips tight with hidden grief. “I need a few moments.”
I swallowed. “I understand.”
I walked out into the autumn air, wishing I’d hugged him instead of speaking.

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To Edit is Divine | 50 Word Story

“Did you even read this before you darkened my door with it?” The editor glared.

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The Rise and Fall of Yellow Things | 50 Word Story

Surrounded by guards, the parent-murdering despot gave a jolly smile.
So close, but too far to reach. Especially for a boy.
If he did hit him, he’d be captured. Jailed. Killed.
The boy looked for something to throw. He weighed a lemon in his hand.
It was worth the risk.

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The Priest and the Pirate | 50 Word Story

The shade slew the last sailor.
Only the captain and I remained. And I, no pirate, but a priest disguised.

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