Question About Fan-Fiction

Greetings Halo Waypoint community!

This is my first time posting on these forums. Even though I’m a long time Halo fan, I haven’t had any reason to come on here until today. I’ve got a question for any mod or forum vet to answer. Hopefully I didn’t miss a sticky someplace that provides detailed info on this. I’ve already posted this message to the 343i forums and gotten a response, but I was advised to repost my query here:

What options are open to fan writers who have completed large-scale projects?

I’ll elaborate some background. About three years ago, I started writing a short fiction piece, set in the Halo universe which adopted its themes and canon but in a post Halo 3 timeframe that I created (which does not focus on Master Chief). Originally, the project was intended to be a brief story that featured myself and some friends of mine as the main characters - as Spartans, specifically - working together as an elite team on a special mission … I’ll spare details to stick to the point.

At any rate, after I started writing this “short work”, I realized by page 40 something that I was really getting into it and had no shortage of ideas for where to go next. The rest, as they say, is history. Three and a half years later, I’ve put the finishing touches on an almost 900 (not a typo) page book which is split up into 4 parts, each one being 15 chapters long. It is well written and was painstakingly assembled based off pages and pages of notes I put together whilst drafting it. I’m currently in the edit process since Halo 4’s arrival did a number on a few of my storyline elements and I have a few new ideas, but the majority of the work is still consistent with Halo canon, as I originally intended.

I say all of that to go full cycle back to my original question - because now that it’s all done, I have almost no idea what to do with the book aside from posting it on some back alley sci-fi, fan-fic site where the really good stories end up getting ripped off or ignored … and I happen to believe in the quality of my work and would go so far as to say it deserves a bit better fate than that.

I’ve actually contacted Eric Nylund, William Dietz, and Karen Traviss to inquire what (if any) doors are open for getting a fan work published. All of them pretty much told me the same thing - that it’s a no-go. I can understand the rationale because I know I’m not the only one to try my hand at writing Halo-inspired works … but I might just be the first to do one this big.

I’m not posting on here to brag on myself or make an absurd demand to have my work considered if 343i has their rules about this sort of thing. All I’d like is to get some feedback and hopefully hear from a mod or someone on this. I’m aware my post is coming out of the blue, but I haven’t had any luck finding my answer elsewhere.

I’ve been a proud Halo fan for 10 years and ran a clan for just as long that got its start on Halo PC. I’ve watched a lot of good games come and go, but Halo remains my all time favorite franchise and I’m proud to be part of its community - even if I only did just register :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks in advance for any responses or advice.


Still waiting for an answer. Anyone?

-Yoink!-. Somebody beat me to it.

I’m in the middle of doing a similar kind of thing. All to canon, mostly original characters, doesn’t interfere with existing plot points and canon etc. Currently on 124 A4 pages and only a fraction of the way in. It would be a shame if there really isn’t any way to publish these books officially. In some ways I can understand the rationale, there being so many potential authors and all, but in some other ways its a terrible shame because there are so many good stories being wasted. There was a competition on these forums a couple of months ago for fan fiction writers, and most of the submissions could, with a little re-drafting, be released as official published works.

Here’s to hoping that 343i might be willing to talk.

I’m thinking of printing off a version of my script and sending it off to 343i when its done. Just to see, because they’re actually the one’s in charge of the franchise. You never know - if they like it, they might do something about it.

By the way, thanks for the heads up on the difficulties.

Keep it up though.

After Karen Travis’s third novel comes out, there won’t be any more Halo novels in the pipeline (as far as I’m aware of), so you’re more likely to get through to someone now, before they find some more bestselling authors to do ‘commissioned’ pieces.