I’m getting to query my fourth novel (first three ended up in the shredder without querying). I’m very happy with how it turned out and I’m optimistic about getting somewhere with it.Here’s the rub: it’s a collaboration. The good news is our agreement is in writing and signed by both parties: the other writer gets paid (and has been paid in full) and I keep all rights and interests.I wrote the first draft myself, a 30k word novella. Confident I had a winning idea but so-so execution, I hired the other writer to help me clean it up and expand it to a novel length. They assisted with writing an outline, writing certain scenes, guiding me through scene writing, and a substantial edit that resulted in a lot of their writing throughout the scenes I wrote.My question is, should I disclose this is a collaboration? I have no shame I didn’t get over the finish line myself and I formed a team to get there. I also have no interest in pretending this is only a product of myself, especially if I get asked later “how’d you write it?”At the same time, I don’t want to complicate getting an agent and getting a sale.What’s the right thing to do?
She can help you make sure that you have the right wording in any agreement with your editor.
Many MANY authors work with independent editors these days, and with varying levels of editorial input. This is NOT a problem.