What would you do...
If you saw that a book similar to one you're planning has already been published.
In checking out all my fellow crusaders blogs this week, well trying to at least, I decided to organize all the blogs I follow in my google reader.
That took most of last night.
Occasionally I landed on a person I follow and checked out their blog to see if they are from the crusade, from YA Highway, or from various blog fests.
It was on Sunshine and Stardust's blog where I stopped short, and let out a little scream.
She reviews the book The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher.
It sounds similar in premise to the book I'm currently outlining: Blue War. Both this book and my book are about a world where water is extraordinarily scarce. The review is pretty detailed, with acknowledged spoilers, so I was able to get a good sense of the book.
Of course, outside of the basic premise, it's not at all like what I've outlined in detail, chapter by chapter.
I have several books I can move forward with, and I'd hate to put a lot of energy into something that may be irrelevant.
That being said, I planned to work on this book next. I am confused! What should I do?
Should I put my book on the back-burner until this other book has had time to cool?
What would YOU do, if you realized a book like the one you're working on had just sold or just been published?
Would you keep working as if you didn't know this?