jgraeme2007 (jgraeme2007) wrote,
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An idea so crazy it just might work!

So. A perfect storm of crazy idea-ish-ness has formed in that overheated, overcrowded little command center I call my brain.

About a year or so ago, when I had wrapped up the Adrien English series and settled Adrien and Jake down for their long winter's nap, a few readers were asking me about Adrien English fan fiction and did I know of any and did I read any. And I started thinking about the possibility of commissioning short stories set in the Adrien English world. Fan fiction, yes, but sanctioned and controlled by the mothership. Like those Star Trek tie-in novels. Or those Monk novels (but Dear God, let's not go there).

Cooler and wiser head prevailed, though, so I abandoned the idea as too fraught with complications.

However a couple of things have happened since then. First, readers keep begging and begging and begging for more AE stories. Second, Amazon made that startling move -- which I'm still, frankly, uneasy about -- to pay for quality fan fiction from specific fandoms. Three, and probably the most important, I've been studying Catherine Dair's amazing Jake and Adrien artwork and trying to think of a way I could share that with more readers.


And thus the idea formed.


A book of Adrien English stories and art by fans of the series.

What if I were to commission -- pay outright -- for original stories and art set within the Adrien English universe? Maybe I could invite a few authors and artists? OR, wait. Better still, what if I just opened it to everyone? Everyone who loves the series and feels like they have something to say about it (even if the "saying" is in visual media). These would have to be pretty good stories, of course. And the art...well, I've been talking to Catherine about anchoring the stories with a couple of choice pieces of her work.

I would naturally be picky as hell about the overall quality -- although not about the story content itself. You want to write from Jake's POV. Feel free. You want to write that love story for Angus and Natalie. Have at it.

I could set a deadline of December 31st -- that would give anyone interested about six months -- and then I'd go through the submissions. OR...yes, I'd go through the submissions, but maybe I'd also have a panel of trusted readers to help me select the works to be published.

Hmmm.

As I mentioned, I would pay outright. No royalties. And I would have to have contributors sign off on the understanding that they are merely borrowing the characters and playing in my universe -- not taking over the franchise.

Hmmmmmmmmmm.

I'm still brainstorming here, but what do you think?

Tags: adrien english, brainstorming, catherine dair, fan fiction
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