Wilbur Smith fans might not be happy that his new novels will be co-authored but other art forms have always been collaborative.
James Patterson is perhaps the most famous modern-day author who regularly uses co-authors. It’s the reason why he can publish an incredible amount of new titles per year (14 between 2011-2012) and why he has become the highest-earning author of the past year.
One of Patterson’s co-authors, Michael Ledwidge, spoke to the New York Times in 2010 and revealed that not only had Patterson hired him to write the first Michael Bennett novel, which went straight to No 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, he also helped him get his own work published. Ledwidge was able to leave his day job as a cable-splicer and become a full-time author.
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