If you want to know where the old saying ‘Don’t let the cat out of the bag’ came from, go to Wise Geek for a bit of history.
Here’s the real question. Should us authors keep our story ideas a secret while they are a work in progress?
If you believe your idea is safe, you could be mistaken. IPwatchdog says you cannot patent an idea.
In today’s digital world your work can be subject to theft. Without proper precautions, your unpublished work can be copied and pasted. Some unscrupulous person can claim it as their work and then submit it to an agent. If you manage to discover the dirty deed, you could probably prove what happened, but how much time and money would it cost you?
A nice blog at Writing Mastery describes it well.
What about your story ideas? Do you share those with other writers?
Authors, should we be worried about this happening? The more I look, the more conflicting information I find.
Leave your thoughts or experiences in the comment box.
Attention! Book giveaway! (Not mine. lol An advanced readers copy)
I will use a website that picks random numbers to find the winner. It’s simple, leaving a comment enters you in the contest. (USA only)
This is my first of many giveaways, so your chances will be good.