A Celebrity Stole My Idea! Or, How Important Is Originality?

Eva Langston on copycat works and stealing from the greats…

In the Garden of Eva

It has recently come to my attention that a famous celebrity stole my idea for a novel.

Okay, that’s not exactly true. It’s not like the celebrity snuck into my house at night and downloaded my manuscript off my computer. In all likelihood, he doesn’t even know I exist.

What happened is that he wrote a book that sounds awfully similar to the book I wrote — the book my agent is currently trying to get published. What sucks is that the celebrity got his published first. Now it’s going to look like I’m copying him.

And I would tell you who this celebrity is, but now I’m sort of worried that you’ll steal the idea, too.

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