I have a couple of questions that I always ask from myself when I meet possible collaborators (online) for the first time.
- Do they respect me as a person? Do they respect my time?
- Are they too full of themselves?
- Do they dislike the idea of having a proper, long conversation about each collaborator's responsibilities before starting the actual collaboration? If it is a longer collaboration, do they dislike the idea of a written contract?
- Do they like my work(if they do, they usually stay longer, possibly even until the end of the collaboration)?
- Are they diligent(keep in mind that every kind of artistic work does have its ebb and flow - I ask this question while keeping the realities of life in mind)? If I'm paying them money, can I trust them to finish the commission by deadline?
- Do they communicate if something comes up?
- Do they exhibit suspicious behaviour(asking strange requests, exhibiting alternate agendas, fishing for your social security number--!)?
Should I find out that they pass this quote unquote test with flying colours, they're a rare unicorn and will make for a fantastic collaboration partner. Even better, they're most likely not scammers..
Of course, I am required to act in the same way towards my collaborators. You'll have trouble finding a fantastic collaborator if you aren't a fantastic collaborator yourself. To that end, please let me give my last bit of advice: work on yourself. Make yourself seem irresistible to those who find appeal in your stories(doesn't matter whether you are a writer or an artist). Once you have some standards, you will find others who hold themselves to similar standards.
Thank you for coming to my TED talk. I sincerely hope that you folk find the kind of collaborations that you want, or that you'll become skilled at both art and writing.
FOR WRITERS: Oh, yeah. Never share your full script online to ANYBODY. You can give enough information for the other party to become interested WITHOUT divulging your story's metaphorical guts out. You are a storyteller, give them enough hints to make them interested, and don't share the full story and/or script until the artist has AT LEAST finished the character designs. XD
The cliche tip about sending whole scripts to people by e-mail(UNLESS they're established artists in the industry) doesn't work with randoms. Just don't do it(unless, again, they're an established artist with a good reputation, and even then they won't have the energy to read the whole script).