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.
First of all I contacted various agents and publishers…
Then I thought to myself I’d ask a reputed English professor to back the project, and we’d split the profits 50-50.
My last beacon of hope was the Bronte society. Surely it would be in their interest to the Bronte name back into public conciousness…
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!