Business Partnerships for Writers

March 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Bria, career, writing | Leave a comment

I wiki’d business partner, it gave an interesting list of people (who as an HR business partner I don’t necessarily agree with) but it did give a link after the list to “business alliance.”

What a great phrase – it sums up (to me) what Jessica was discussing on Monday. It’s a step beyond a partnership.So I looked them up at

part·ner·ship -noun
1. the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.
2. Law. a. the relation subsisting between partners.
b. the contract creating this relation.
c. an association of persons joined as partners in business.

al·li·ance -noun
1. the act of allying or state of being allied.
2. a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.
3. a merging of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations: an alliance between church and state.
4. the persons or entities so allied.
5. marriage or the relationship created by marriage between the families of the bride and bridegroom.

My 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Marsico always told us not to use the core word in the definition – apparently no one told Wiki that, so:

al·ly -verb
1. to unite formally, as by treaty, league, marriage, or the like (usually fol. by with or to): Russia allied itself to France.
2. to associate or connect by some mutual relationship, as resemblance or friendship.
3. to enter into an alliance; join; unite.
4. a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose: Canada and the United States were allies in World War II.
5. a person who associates or cooperates with another; supporter

These definitions really made me rethink my view of my working relationships with my writing partners. Am I bringing support they need? How formalized should that be? Are we merging our needs with our mutual goal of being published?

So let me ask you, when you’re building these relationships, are you looking for a partner or an ally.

Just like creating the Critique Partnership, move your writing partnership to the next level – a prethought-out plan that’s mutually beneficial and unfrustrating as possible.

But don’t forget what its all about in the ‘career’ side of writing career. Get off line and Go Write.


Leave a Comment »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: