Monday, July 6, 2009


Your friend, a fellow crit partner, brings a story for months to writer's group. You like it, it's great. It's in your same genre.

Years go by. You and your friend stay in touch, compare querying experiences, talk author stuff. Finally, she lands the agent of both of your dreams. Her book gets published. You're happy for her, and thrilled you were a part of her writing process - even if it was waaay back when.

You, too, have queried Perfect Agent. She requests your manuscript - the whole manu - and she reads it. She gives you some suggs and passes on it.

You come to find out your friend's story is not the same story you helped her crit way back when. In fact, it's about the same thing your story is about.

The question then becomes: did Perfect Agent request your manuscript just to see what you were submitting to other agents because she'd just bought and sold a story ( your friend's ) very similar??

How would you feel? What would you think?


Anonymous said...

Has she copied yours, or at least your idea? Or is this just coincidence?

jenniferlaurens said...

Well, originally hers was not about an angel. Now, it is. That is the similarity.

DawnB said...

Is the angel the only common ellement, and had she read your angel story before making the change?

Chicki Brown said...

That really stinks! This happens more often than you might think.

jenniferlaurens said...

Not sure what else her story is about. All I know is that when I heard it was an angel, I was curious and a little annoyed that the agent read my piece. I couldn't help but question her motives.

Bella said...

yikes, I'd be very suspicious especially if she started writing hers after you did yours.


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