I couldn't believe it! All those months of work, and someone had beat me to it.
So, what should I do? Carry on and hope that no one notices? Start the sequel, but write it as the first book? Give the whole thing up as a bad job and write something new?
In the end, I decide to carry on with the WIP. I was aiming at the YA market, and the existing book was for adults. Having made the decision, I finished the revisions, but the knowledge that this book was out there kept niggling away at me.
Yesterday, I read an article in Writing Magazine that put the nagging doubts in their place. Apparently, what happened to me is not uncommon. For example, how many stories are there about the Titanic? We all know how the story is going to end, but it still doesn't stop new books being published about it. That's because it's about the characters, and the different angles that the event is approached, that makes the books so different, and therefore unique. Providing your work isn't a facsimile of the published work, then it will be of interest to third parties.
Having read the published book, I can categorically state that other than the main event, it's nothing like my book. (Cue big sighs of relief!) Realising this has lifted a weight of my mind, and restored my
Have any of you guys found yourself in this situation?
(Thank you Carrie for the awards. I'll tackle them during the week)