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How to Write a Collaborative Novel

How to Write a Collaborative Novel coverYour goal:

  • Write a novel with one or more partners

Learn how to:

  • find a writing partner
  • harness the creative energy that comes with collaboration
  • avoid problems in working with someone else
  • write a novel that you’re both passionate about


  • suggested frameworks for organising tasks
  • activities to help you generate and organise ideas
  • real life anecdotes and examples

Best-selling comic fantasy authors, Heide Goody and Iain Grant, have drawn on their years of collaborative writing experience to create this guide for every collaborative writer. From finding a writing partner, to generating those important story ideas, to actually writing your novel and seeing it through to publication, this book will walk you through the pitfalls and challenges of collaborative writing.

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The Angels of the Abyss

The Angels of the Abyss coverWhen a distress call is received from a space station floating in the æther of outer space, Professor Sedgewick and his companion, Cadwallander, are quick to investigate. What they find aboard the transætheric space-lock is an alien perversion, intent on spreading its horrific dominion over Victorian Earth…

The first novelette chapbook in the Sedgewick Papers collection, The Angels of the Abyss is a uniquely satisfying blend of rip-roaring steampunk adventure and Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

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The Jackdaw, Married

The Jackdaw, Married coverMat Joiner’s poem The Jackdaw, Married has been published in Goblin Fruit’s Winter 2013 issue.

“You’ll most likely find him on broken ground…”

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Nash at Wittenham

Not One of Us #50 coverMat Joiner’s poem Nash at Wittenham has been published in Not One of Us, issue #50.

“The way back’s as long as the shadow
the beeches cast from the top of the hill.”

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The Fernery

Not One of Us #50 coverMat Joiner’s story The Fernery has been published in Not One of Us, issue #50.

A story of neighbours, ghosts, and “deep time” in a bottle garden.

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And Deeper Than Did Ever Plummet Sound

Strange Horizons coverStrange Horizons have published Mat Joiner’s poem And Deeper Than Did Ever Plummet Sound.

“…But some books float, Prospero…”

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Pigeonwings coverAs punishment for his part in an attempted coup in Heaven, the Archangel Michael is banished to Earth. The holiest of the angelic host has to learn to live as a mortal, not an easy job when you’ve got Satan as a next-door neighbour.

Michael soon finds that being a good person involves more than helping out at Sunday school and attending church coffee mornings. He has to find his purpose in life, deal with earthly temptations and solve a mystery involving some unusual monks and a jar of very dangerous jam.

Sequel to the best-selling Clovenhoof, Heide Goody and Iain Grant have written a wild comedy that features spear-wielding cub scouts, accidental transvestites, King Arthur, a super-intelligent sheepdog, hallucinogenic snacks, evil peacocks, old ladies with biscuits, naked paintball, stolen tractors, clairvoyant computers, the Women’s Institute, and way too much alcohol.

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The Turning Track

Rustblind and Silverbright coverMat Joiner has co-written a story with Rosanne Rabinowitz, which has been published in Eibonvale Press’s anthology of slipstream railway stories, Rustblind and Silverbright.

Four people arrive at a derelict railway station at night, waiting for a fabled train whose journeys transcend time, life, and death.

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The Mirrors were Gardens

Cafe Irreal #46 coverThe Cafe Irreal has published the first of Mat Joiner’s ‘Cirrus Minor’ tales in issue 46.

In The Mirrors were Gardens, reflections become roses.


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Through the Gate coverMat Joiner’s poem Navigations has been published in Through the Gate, issue #3.

“The dog at her side is less familiar than excuse to trace the towpath-glyphs, scry canals…”

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