At least nine of you, maybe even ten, know I wrote a story featuring the historian Mary Beard. Yesterday, while waiting for the kettle to boil, I sent her a brief email telling her about it. Whaddya know, half an hour later I had a reply. She liked it!
Writing about historians isn't going to make your fortune but it strikes me that nobody can resist a story about themselves. So - find out the name of the commissioning editor of the mag you want to write for, or an agent, or whoever, and write a story about them. They might not read your novel but they'll love a story about themselves!
Worth a try? Go on, I double-dare you! In fact, maybe it should be next week's IP?
This was my story, by the way: