Next year is the 20th Anniversary of the original publication of Fatal Shadows, the first book in the Adrien English series.
It's a milestone for me personally, but it's also a bit of a milestone for M/M Romance.
I want to celebrate that milestone--but in order to do so, I need to start planning now.
I threw the question out to my Facebook friends and they came up with a bunch of great ideas including:
1 - A short ( or very short) story of where & what Jake & Adrien are up to now.
2 - A quarterly Cloak and Dagger Books newsletter from Natalie and Angus telling us what’s up in the AE world. There can be a Q&A section where readers can ask their favorite characters questions. Patreon Exclusive and then wide later. 🤣😳🤪
3 - Maybe you could commission some art? Or do a fun contest? A party where everyone wears shirts that say "uh huh"?! 😂
4 - Why not ask the readers where they see Adrien and Jake now? Their thoughts on the characters-how did they find the series, the impact of Jake and Adrien as a couple and separate. Lord knows you don't have the time to write more
5 - 😀 Some kind of virtual party is certainly in order ... with Tab ... and murder.
6 - This means that Jake would be in his sixties and Adrien in his early fifties? 😳
But I think they‘ll stay forever handsome and sexy. 😊
7 - A dinner in Pasadena. Somewhere old school there.
8 - Cake. And champagne. Champagne cake. With raspberries, to make it healthy
9 - Maybe just a re-release with the addition of existing codas and updated cover art? Something simple that will mark the anniversary but not be a time drain for you.
10 - We need to have virtual parties for sure! And maybe turn Fatal Shadows into graphic novel? :)
11 - I think you should fix yourself a drink and toast to AE and his little bookstore.
12 - WRITE ANOTHER BOOK
13 - Maybe an anniversary coda?
14 - Go Big. 2 Week Online Tribute Show: (Various guest stars talking about the books, you know,) leading up to anniversary reception at some real place...GRL, I guess? Or at least a hotel in the vicinity of GRL. (If you take this idea do this plan, you should totally let me help.)
15 - How about a party in a bookstore...in Florida...okay, it's not close to GRL, but I happen to be part owner of a bookstore in Florida...I'd provide cookies.
16 - A short interlude. Like first day of spring snippet.
17 - To celebrate, I suggest a collection of flashfics, some old and some new, similar to Christmas codas. Little stories with Jake, with their families, friends. Lovely little moments.
It doesn't have to be as challenging as a whole book. Could it work for you?
18 - A MURDER!
.....or maybe just create a drink named murder....
19 - Mary calmes does a monthly he said he said with Sam Cage and Jory Harcourt it’s great! They’re in her newsletter. It’s framed like an advice column response, but basically ends up being a snippet of their ongoing lives.
20 - I see the Adrien English bookstore mentioned in other author's books. Perhaps you can gather all the mentions into one place. I can't recall even one book where I've read it but I bet the readers of this group could come up with several.
21 - It has to be a real party though. That takes place in a physical space with cake and booze.
:-D :-D :-D
22 - Wow! How about just a teensy story about Jake and Adrien 20 years in?
So those are some possibilities--a LOT of possibilities, in fact!
I'm interested in hearing which ideas people are most interested in--or if there are other possibilities no one has yet thought of.
What do you think? What should I do to mark Adrien's 20th Birthday?