This was brought home to us when we were involved in the final editing of our book, The Girl's Guide to Work and Life: How to Create the Life You Want. Those intense female friendships you have in your teens. Brady, Tess and Donna Lee Brien, 2002 The Girls Guide to Real Estate: How to enjoy investing in property Allen and Unwin, Melbourne. This movement between categories generates its own concerns, which are discussed below. But the human negatives, when seen as human foibles, were manageable, and we were somewhat surprised to find how collaboration also facilitated considerable individual artistic and personal development by engaging in the process of working so closely with another. Dymphna Cusack, in a letter to Miles Franklin, comments on her collaboration with Florence James that 'our minds struck sparks off each other so superbly' and Katherine Bradley of her collaboration with Edith Cooper as Michael Field writes that the work is perfectly mosaic: we cross and interlace like a company of summer dancing flies; if one begins a character, his companion seizes and possesses it; if one conceives a scene or situation, the other corrects, completes or murderously cuts away. The benefit of collaborating, in our case was, at its most basic, what the process enabled - the production of a publishable text within the required time frame.
We had to replace it with words, content and a tone that ensured the new passage still carried the lightness or the joke of the original but in a less Australian-specific way. Secondly, most of the successful authors discussed are and were already the luminaries of Australian literature when they broke into overseas markets. McPhee, Hilary, 2001 Other People's Words. Conclusion We found that the modification of our text for a broader international audience, rather than diminishing our book, instead offered us significant opportunities to enrich and extend both its language and content. And, in this process, we found we were adapting not just a text but our own attitudes as well.
Although we had only just begun this new edit, we were fast feeling hostile to the process. They identify possible setbacks and reasons for perceived failure and include a repair kit for getting a life-career back on track. The number of registers and the speed with which we flip between them is only apparent, of course, when these come under conscious consideration - most of the time, they are a little-noticed part of our successful communication with the world. Wilder suggests that his collaboration was born of necessity, and perhaps ours was as well. And, as previously mentioned, we are not working within the genre of fiction. This also necessitated formalising aspects of our collaboration with various legal documents regarding branding and ownership. Brady has been published in a number of genres including Children's Picture Books, Adult Radio Drama, Self Help Books and Crime Fiction.
And, I too have been thinking about this editing across time and space delays. How different from when Tess and I had offices just down the corridor from each other? Finally, while the older articles fold together into an interesting history, publishing as an industry is changing so rapidly that even articles from five years ago can offer information that is obsolete. It is worth noting that, at times, the division between Secondary Collaboration and Contribution Collaboration is contested because an individual, or group, argues that the quantity or quality of their contributing work to a project deserves authorial recognition. It has been explained to us, for example, that overseas distribution sales might equal the sales from a single Australian state. This also required deciding on which nationalities to include and exclude Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, for instance while we were trying to produce a text suited to the widest possible international audience.
But you can get the life and the job you want. Full overseas publication is important, for this will entail essential marketing support for sales of the title and create contacts that can lead to further publishing opportunities. Translations involve additional publishing costs and, in most cases, do not open up potentially large markets. We lived our own lives and did not feel, as Kathy Lette put it, 'welded at the waist forevermore'. The New York Times Book Review, 23 August, 715.
Brady currently lives in , rural where she is the artistic director of Back to Booktown. Steger, Jason, 2003 Bookmarks: Plain Sales to Sweden. Our initial task was to see what others had made of this request. We had rented a set for a porno movie! It needed to come from where the writer is standing looking outwards through the text, not from where a reader looks inwards towards the text. If she stumbled over our Australian slang, we either cut it or rewrote it.
They were key and carried much of the message of the text. I have won a large number of esteemed research residencies and fellowships. Mentor Collaboration is often found in songwriting where a new or lesser experienced writer is networked their term, see with an older or more experienced songwriter. The question of regionalism also was raised by our experience with the real estate book. Billy Wilder, who collaborated during all his writing life, saw collaboration as a calm and business-like process. Those Australian authors who sell well overseas have an overseas publisher, selling all but Australian rights.
And you can enjoy the ride! Looking beyond the book itself for solutions opened up unforeseen opportunities to interact with our readers, and make contact with those who might turn out to be potential consumers of the book and others in the Girl's Guide series. Faced with the prospects of a collaborative writing venture, a contract and a tight deadline for our collaborative text The Girls Guide to Real Estate we realised that our understanding of collaboration had not been much more than a general motherhood concept tossed about with nods of approval but rarely unpacked. So successful were we at distributing the ownership of the text that at interviews we were often asked if these other women could be interviewed as well! This active long-term goal led to a greater than usual involvement in the layout and design of the book, along with other considerations in the text itself. The Bulletin, 4627 90 , 44-45, 47. The ideas of conversation, interaction, mutual enterprise, resource sharing and partnership were integral to our own articulated conception of our collaborative process.
She has also given numerous workshops and seminars to writers and has written kids books, radio drama and a crime novel. Conclusion Collaboration is a complex form of writing which has been under-examined. Do you feel you re going nowhere fast? We had used the word Nullarbor to stand for the idea of desert but it, clearly, is a geographically-specific term, rich in associations for Australian readers. It's your life - make it the one you want. Initially, we thought we would simply delete them, editing these becoming a kind of weeding job.