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Friday, 18 May 2012

A Proposal

I had an idea earlier today. It may pan out; it may not. It may well have been done before, and if so I'd love to know about it. But I thought I'd run it by you anyway.

Artists take commissions. We all know that. They craft wonderful one-off paintings, or sculptures, or trinket boxes, or pieces of needle-point, or whatever. And the person who commissioned it gets to own that one-off piece; gets to touch it and look and it and love it and say, "I'm the only person in the world with something like this."

I've never heard of writers doing this. (This is the part where you tell me if somebody is already doing this, because I'd love to see how they've made it work.) And the more I thought about it, the more I thought why not me?

So, here's the proposal. You send me £30*. In return, I'll write you a story of at least 1,500 words about whatever you want - and there won't be an upper limit imposed on this; the story will be as long as the story needs to be - which I will have made into a wonderful one-of-a-kind chapbook. I'll post it to you. You will own the book (though I'll retain copyright on the story, of course) and nobody else will. That's it. Nice and simple.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments, or drop me an email at c.bissette[no-spam]@hotmail.co.uk (removing the [no-spam] thing first, obviously).

*For anybody wondering where I got £30 from, let me explain. £30 covers a semi-pro rate of pay for a 1,500 word story - and chances are you'll be getting a longer piece than that - plus the cost of producing the book and posting it to you, wherever you are in the world. It feels fair to me. If you disagree, please do get in touch!


  1. Oooh - look - that's my book! And a jolly good book it is too! If you're considering accepting this proposal, don't hesitate a minute longer. You will not be disappointed. Oh, and all your friends will be massively impressed too! Such a great idea. Wishing you all the best, Chris.

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