One great idea (stolen)
I think it’s a pretty common fantasy that you have one great idea for a book, movie or TV show and suddenly, the whole world is interested and you get rich.
I remember when I was in the 5th grade, I wrote a hundred page story about my town a la Jo March in Little Women. I remember thinking that if I could just get that to some book publisher that the whole world would be interested in this part true / part pretend world that I captured. Of course, I came across it when I was about sixteen or so and was so horrified at what sheer crap it was that I threw it away.
But let’s assume that it was really, really good and I send it into some big shot publisher and then years later BOOM: I see my story about Shithole, Oklahoma on the best seller list.
Quite a downer, just ask this guy who alleges that FOX stole his life story (or at least the most exciting part of his life) after he sent them a manuscript in 2001.
Breaking your brother out of the big house is a pretty good story. And, while much of a TV series depends on more than the idea and a few plot points, having those things stolen must be terrible ( my guess is he really shot his wad with that idea).
You may have read a couple bloggers (Seth, Pagan Marbury, etc) even publishing excerpts from their own books, and while that's nice for all of us to enjoy, it also means that they need to be careful because you never know who is reading.