(Hey ... I was working on this but someone came to the door and had to talk for over half an hour....
Mr Teg can tell this stuff better, but
Kevin got a mutual acquaintance to introduce them. He wanted to get with Brian and write the sequel to Chapterhouse, to fix that damned pesky "cliffhanger".
Brian did a bit of research (snicker) and read some of Kevin's stuff. I think that's the story. Anyway, they got together on the phone and hit it off like gangbangers ... um I mean, gangbusters!
Kevin and 'Becca the Bowdacious flew up to Seattle for a weekend soon thereafter. They pounded out a plan whereby they would write three prequels (the Houses) before attempting the CH:D sequel.
Two weeks or so after their meeting, the lawyers called about the safety deposit boxes. And not long after that they found the boxes and boxes (Oh mah GAWD ... it's full of BOXES!) of notes in Brian's garage attic. (Ooh...how'd they get there? Must have been the White Witch and Spirit of Frank Herbert watching over them!
"Good job, my boys!" )
That's the Readers Digest Condensed/Milked version of the Official Hagiography, more or less.
Now ... why did Kevin get the job?
Because he's not just a pissy-assed little-talent hack, he's a PUSHY
little bastard as well.
Statements made by Byron (and probably long deleted) over on the DN BBS gave me the impression that the members of the HLP exercised no control or other advisory role
in the decision to allow Brian to partner up with Kevin. It's almost as those they were so overjoyed that the defective was finally
going to do something with Dune
besides wipe his bum on it by ignoring it that ANYONE
would have been OK.
And I'm sure it didn't hurt that Kevin is a "worldwide bestselling author"!
As long as the money keeps coming in (Byron claims it's not that much), the HLP seems to be more than happy to let Kevin run the show. He seems to be the one doing most of the "work", he's the de facto public face of DUNE, and his uncle controls the website.
Why did they let things get like this? Who knows.
Why do they let it continue? See oodles of $$$ above and, I suspect, a few contractual obligations. (Although the thought of Kevin blackmailing them by threatening to reveal that Brian is a real drooler and hasn't written a single word for the books is definitely more juicy.
"I think I just ... did another poo."