My unsuccessful attempt to get my debut novel published

People that know me will know that I am a big fan of literature; in particular the Goosebumps series of novels by R.L. Stine. After seeing the financial success of 50 Shades of Grey, I thought to myself that I may like a piece of that action, so I started writing my own novel. But what to write about?

I quickly realised that to ensure financial success, ideally my novel would somehow leech off the success of others, whilst at the same time presenting the opportunity to start a franchise. That’s when I discovered that copyright on works over 100 years old has usually expired, and as such anyone is free to do honour/exploit them however he sees fit. Soon, I had settled on the title of my novel: Wuthering Heights 2 – Lost in Las Vegas.

Within 20 minutes I had churned out an admittedly short, but high quality chapter, that I felt pays homage to the original. I was so happy with the results I submitted it to a myriad of publishers, agents and the like. Surely the industry wouldn’t insult the legacy of Emily Bronte by rejecting the project?

Below is the chapter I completed, followed by feedback from all those I contacted, which is nothing if not consistent. You can click on the images to enlarge them if necessary.

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First of all I contacted various agents and publishers…

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Then I thought to myself I’d ask a reputed English professor to back the project, and we’d split the profits 50-50.

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My last beacon of hope was the Bronte society. Surely it would be in their interest to the Bronte name back into public conciousness…

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While it’s pretty disappointing to have been rejected by so many publishers, I’ll continue on with my book. Don’t worry Bronte girls – Your legacy is safe with me!

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