The notion is, to get an established writer to pick up on one of the characters Larry has created, do a few chapters and an outline for a story, then turn it over to a junior writer to do most of the work.
The resulting novel would be marketed under both writers' names, and while that part is down the line, it strikes me as a good idea. Old writer makes a few bucks; new writer gets a credit and some money. Works for me.
A note: I'm not the guy to pitch to, viz: getting one of these to write. A) We're not anywhere close to that yet, and B) I'm not hiring anybody when we get there -- he will do all that.
Larry is a pro. He has written several original novels of his own, has been involved in editing a bunch of anthologies, as well as the Clancy stuff, and we have a good working relationship going back a fair piece.
So I'm gonna take a crack at it. Won't be a lot of money in it for me, certainly not up front, though it might pay something on the back end if it takes off. And since I get first choice of the characters if I sign on early, I am going for Katya the Lady Assassin, who is also skilled in the erotic arts.
Can't have too many gorgeous women assassins ...