I Think Someone Stole My Book Idea. What Should I Do?

I Think Someone Stole My Book Idea. What Should I Do?

First things first: Don’t go accusing anyone. Remember, ideas travel and it’s a common thing for multiple people to have similar ideas at the same time.

Second, who have you told your idea? Your family? Your critique group? Your best friends? The other parents at the PTA meeting?
The truth is, ideas can’t be stolen. Ideas are not products or “works.” They are simply mental energy that has not made it from the brain to the prototype stage.

That being said, did you know that ideas travel? They do! As a professional reviewer there have been seasons when I’ve reviewed five or more books about basically the same subject, and yet not one of them was exactly like the other.

Think of it this way: All humans have similar experiences. They only become singular when they are told from YOUR perspective.
Hope this helps!

Hello Indies! I am a former special education teacher of over 20 years, and now a full-time children's writer, researcher, and freelance editor. My newest picture book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House) debuted as the No. 1 Picture Book in Women's Biographies and Children's American History. It has since won the 2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award, the 2022 Rhode Island Children's Book Award, the 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite, the 2022 Comstock Award, and the 2022 Ann Izard Award. It has received STARRED REVIEWS from Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal, and received a great review by The Wall Street Journal. My first picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story (Lee and Low) debuted on September 24, 2018. It is a School Library Journal selection and received positive Kirkus and Horn Book reviews. I penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel. I am the author of several educational books for teens, and I occasionally review books for The New York Journal of Books. Thanks for visiting!

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