I have to be honest. I never started out planning to write a book with Jack Canfield even though his influence in my life is what started my writing career. Years later I was working on my fourth children’s book, The Big, Bad Bully. As I was working on it, I knew I wanted it to have a big impact. So, I asked Jack to be my co-author. This is what I learned about how to get a co-author for your children’s book.

Deciding Who to Invite onto your Children’s Book

Before you learn how to get a co-author for your children’s book, you need to pick someone to bring along. You’ll want to intentionally consider your options. My recommendation is to find someone you have a personal connection to and someone whose mission aligns with your message.

Choose Someone You Have a Personal Connection with

You’ll want to co-author your children’s book with someone you’re already connected with. They can be a friend, mentor, teacher, or other positive influence in your life.

I decided to reach out to Jack Canfield because he was already such an incredible mentor to me in both my business and personal life. It was actually his teaching that started my writing career.

So it was only fitting that I invited him to join me in writing The Big, Bad Bully.

Look at who has made a positive impact in your life before you decide exactly how to get a co-author for your children’s book.

Choose Someone Whose Mission Aligns with your Message

Once you’ve narrowed down your list to the people you already have personal connections with, there’s one more thing you need to consider before you learn how to get a co-author for your children’s book.

You need to pick someone whose mission aligns with your message.

I knew Jack Canfield would be such an amazing co-author for lots of reasons, but one of the biggest was that his teachings inspired my writing. So I knew his mission would align perfectly with the messages in my children’s books.

The right fit for you will depend entirely on what your children’s book is about, its tone, and its message. Then you can pick the perfect co-author.

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How to Get a Co-Author for your Children’s Book

Once you’ve decided who to invite onto your children’s book, you’ll need to know how to get a co-author to accept your invitation.

Come From a Place of Abundance

It’s important that, as you contemplate how to get a co-author, you come from a place of genuinely wanting to work with and positively impact your co-author’s business. Think of how co-authoring a book could benefit and bless them.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

Of course, the key to knowing how to get a co-author is building up the courage to simply ask. If you never ask, you’ll never know.

If they say no, then it’s okay, you can still publish a great children’s book.

If they say YES, then you’ll build a positive relationship with a mentor and work together on a great project.

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