Springboarding off the discussion about successful weblit elsewhere in the forum, I had an idea thanks to Allan. He suggested crossovers between dfferent writers' characters where appropriate. Not only would this be fun for writers and readers, but it would create more exposure for stories -- the two audiences would overlap.
Allan, very kindly, mentioned my own protagonist, Diggory Franklin. Currently he's not really on the market for a cross over with say Dash from Allan's supernatural thrillers, because Diggory lives in a world much like our own until 2008 when he finds out his girlfriend invents time travel. There's no room for ghosts or monsters in his realm -- though I wouldn't rule out what might happen in the future. One of Diggory's contemporaries, Dahlia Sorley, is currently embroiled in a superhero crossover as we speak, so eventually he might be available.
No Man an Island is a completed story right now, so there's not a lot of wiggle room for a crossover there either. But I have an idea based on something else Allan said in a comment on my site months and months ago. He asked if I'd ever consider letting people contribute to my Samaritan Project with side stories. At the time the story was still finding a direction, but I didn't forget the idea.
Soooooo -- what I'm proposing is to let other kids play with my toys. In other words, I'm inviting any writers or readers who want to try writing to come over to the Samaritan Project on my site and check out the characters. I'm currently on Volume 3, using the unnamed protagonist and his two friends Dorothy and Rebecca, but the rest of the characters are "off-stage" and could very well have stories of their own.
You can write spy missions, skirmishes, origin stories, an ordinary day, or crossover with your own characters if there seems to be a good fit. I'll blog about your story site in return, with a review and a link so my readers are aware of your work. Or reciprocate with collaborating with your characters if you want -- that might be fun. I'll act as editor for the story you submit ([email protected]) or give suggestions if you get stuck -- but mostly you'll have creative freedom to play with my characters. If it doesn't suit my continuity somehow, I can always make it a fun Elseworlds/What If variant like DC comics or Marvel. But I'm sure there's room to accomodate a lot of ideas.
Any takers? I think it would be fun. Here's the link to Samaritan's start: http://gavinwilliams.digitalnovelists.com/samaritan