Now, it’s like this. I’m a big fan of Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver, and have been since I was about ten years old. And a few years ago, for some crazy reason, I decided I would write a spin-off of my own devising, featuring Miss Silver’s great-niece, Josephine Burkett and set in the 1960s. I hadn’t heard of fan-fic back then, even though it wasn’t that long ago. I think I wrote the novel as a NaNoWriMo text one year, not sure about that, but it seems to ring a vague bell.
Then, I got in contact with the agent that represented Wentworth’s estate and asked how they would feel about me self-publishing the book. Not very happy at all, as it turned out. In fact they prohibited me from using any of Wentworth’s characters, stating they were exploring options for a possible TV series or a further range of books. ‘Ah!’ I said, very cleverly, ‘then you might want to read my book, Miss Burkett Changes Her Mind, and… you know … publish it…’
‘Send us some sample chapters,’ they said. so I did. And what do you think happened? That’s right, nothing. I reminded them a couple of times and in the end, they said, ‘Thanks but no thanks.’
So here are a few chapters, with the names changed to protect the innocent. I don’t know what to do with it now. I already have a mystery series set in the 1930s. Do I want one set in the 1960s as well? I can’t decide. What do you think?
The chapters are quite short, and a bit creaky, so don’t expect too much. I’ve quickly changed a few names around to avoid upsetting the people in the office, but if you know the Miss Silver books, some of this will be familiar to you. Happy Reading!