I need to see the world through my co-authors’ eyes. We spend long hours together on the phone or in person, engaged in a giant “brain dump” as they convey their material and world view to me. It is in this way that I am able to adopt and convey each co-author’s unique voice. Mrs. Carter’s books, for instance, sound like her, not me! Once a critical mass has been reached, I generate chapters based on the outline we’d created and send them to my partners often with questions and comments attached. We work in what I call successive approximations – the chapter bounces back and forth between us until we’re both satisfied – then we move on to the next.