What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Book Idea?

My editor sent me a link to this book:

The Inconceivable Life of Quinn

Quinn Cutler, the 16-year-old daughter of a writer running for U.S. Congress, is shocked to learn that she’s pregnant: she’s never had sex, at least not as far as she can remember. As word gets out that she’s both pregnant and claiming to be a virgin, devout believers pilgrimage to the family’s Brooklyn home, hoping to see Quinn and even be healed. In a suspenseful and thought-provoking novel, Baer (Frost) tackles the illusiveness of memory (especially in regard to trauma), media firestorms, fear of the unknown, and the complexities of faith, without ever turning didactic or allowing Quinn’s story to fall into melodrama. Amid the growing chaos of her life, Quinn becomes a capable and courageous sleuth in the search for answers; writing in third person, Baer makes readers intimately aware of Quinn’s confusion and conflicted feelings about her pregnancy, as well as the reactions of people close to (and not so close to) her that escalate matters dangerously. It’s a delicate, complicated, and engrossing exploration of the collision between real life and the inexplicable. Ages 13–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (Apr.)

 

It sounds an awful lot like the synopsis of my book released 3 years earlier:

Now and at the Hour of Our Death

Mary Credence wants to be a modern day Joan of Arc battling the skeptical world around her. But when the ardent virgin finds herself pregnant, she’s thrust into a much bigger fight than she ever imagined. Is Mary hiding a romantic tryst in an effort to protect her father’s political career, or is her baby a true modern miracle? With the help of a talented writer and a surprising medical finding, Mary attempts to convince the world of her gift and to convert a nation of cynics into believers.

Now and at the Hour of Our Death challenges our notions of faith and science, all while asking the eternal question: What do you believe?

It’s hard to imagine that this is a coincidence, but what do you do when someone steals your book idea even after it’s already published? This isn’t new, even to me. I’ve already had my book cover stolen and another concept ripped off and made a successful Netflix series.

The best I can think to do is try to capitalize on the success of the stolen goods, but I’m open to suggestions!