When two pastors hatched the idea of publishing a book together, their first writer delivered a disappointing draft of the first chapter. I accepted the challenge of starting over, getting it right, and working with them to complete the manuscript.
My first hurdle? A clear structure to bring out both voices. I developed a coauthored approach to the book's central theme based on the content of sixteen sermons, light research, and interview notes.
With a weekly schedule for writing and feedback, I kept the project in line with the authors' expectations during the next four months. The resulting 47,000-word manuscript included an introduction and eight chapters. It combined their teaching transcripts with pop culture anecdotes and memoir passages.
After I completed my confidential work, the authors submitted their manuscript for editing, proofreading, and production. Six months later, they celebrated the release of their book.