‘Tude-torial #1

~ By D.D. Scott Here at Chick Lit Writers “It’s all about the attitude”… So what better way to showcase the Chick Lit genre than to “show” some of that attitude?! Starting with this post today, that’s exactly what we’re going to do! I’m calling these little feature-ettes “Attitude Tutorials” or “‘Tude-torials” for short. So here we go with our first Chick Lit Writers’ ‘Tude-torials’: “Only time can heal your broken heart, just like only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” — Miss Piggy, the Queen of Sassy Swines “Enemies are so stimulating.” — Katherine Hepburn “Happiness...

There’s a Diva in my Basement

A chick lit writer talks about her muses. . . ~ By Melina Kantor Some people have nightmares in their closets. Some people have boys in their basements (and not in a serial killer way). My basement, however, has a diva infestation. I’ve never seen them, but here’s a picture of their ancestors, The Nine Muses: The divas live in a private section of the basement that I never get to see, and are way more girlie than I. They decorate with daffodils, gerbera daisies, and a lot of pink. They’ve stocked up on champagne, tiaras, boas, and big...

Voice – The Conversation Continues!

What’s so important about voice? Agents and editors ask for voice by name. ~ By Chris Bailey and Melina Kantor When asked what they hoped to find in a successful entry, a third of the final round judges for the 2010 Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest said voice topped their wish list. Young Adult final round judge Emilia Rhodes from Simon & Schuster says “a voice that sparkles” sets a winning entry apart from the rest. Editor Megan Records, Kensington Publishing Corp., one of the final round judges in the paranormal category, says she’s first attracted to...

The Elusive (and All-Important) Voice

By Chris Bailey I remember a moment in a coffee shop when my critique partner wailed, “I can’t find my voice.” “Just focus on the writing,” I said. “Your voice will find you.” Sage advice. I totally believed I was right until a contest judge shook my confidence by noting on my score sheet, “The voice isn’t strong enough.” After a day or two of the usual post-feedback self-talk—OMG! WTF? IDTS!—I realized my personal inconvenient truth. I had only a vague idea of what voice means. Hearing voices I know I have the ability to recognize different voices. If...

Chick Lit Gets Conscious

No Need to Check Your Brain at the Door: Chick Lit Gets Conscious Chick lit isn’t in the coffin yet. Women today are just demanding stories and characters as awesome and complex as they are. BY: Melissa De Silva Chick lit is brainless. It’s frivolous. It’s dead. We’ve all heard the common slurs of detractors of the genre. But is it? The last time I checked, chick lit was about the experience of contemporary women – their career struggles, their challenges in navigating the minefield of dating, relationships and romance, and their friendships and family – mostly seen through the...

‘Chick Lit Is Sooo Not Dead’

How Do I Know? Because a Top-of-the-Line Librarian Said So By D.D. Scott How ‘bout we dive into the ‘Chick Lit Is Dead or Is It?’ dilemma from one heckuva fabulous platform – drum roll please – let’s hear what Top-of-the-Line Librarian (or Top-of-the-Stacks in her case) Susan Gibberman has to say. Susan, the Head of Reader Services for the Schaumburg (IL) Township District Library plus the 2008 RWA Librarian of the Year, told me she can “definitely say Chick Lit is alive and well.” I first met Susan at RWA 2009 in Washington D.C. when she gave a...

And, We’re Blogging!

Welcome! We’re honored that you’re here at the launch of our brand new group blog! In fact, we’re so thrilled we’re tossing virtual confetti your way. Here’s the plan. A few times a week, we’re going to show up with shiny new posts about the chick lit industry. You’ll be hearing from writers, readers, agents, editors, librarians and reviewers. It’s amazing how much there is to discuss. The sheer variety and number of topics we have lined up prove one thing: Chick lit is SO not dead. We’re going to be repeating that mantra quite a bit, for those...

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