The roots of the Hocus Pocus essay actually come from a
detailed chapter outline I wrote for another book that I proposed to HarperCollins in 2006.
I asked Peter [Levenda] if he
could hook me up with his editor [Peter
Hubbard] there. He gave me the guy's email address, and I sent a
1-page query to the editor. The guy wrote back saying he was interested and
wanted to see a detailed outline with sample chapters. I sent these to him. I
never heard back from him. A few months later, Papal Magic came out.
It followed my outline almost exactly.
Yes, I am saying that Peter Levenda stole my book. Probably on the advice of his editor [ Peter Hubbard at HarperCollins - William Morrow ]. It's not uncommon for editors to take book proposals they like from unknown authors, and give them to more famous authors to write, screwing the original author completely. I just didn't think Peter [Levenda] would do that to me, but he did.