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 in the back who routinely miss the memo.

Chick lit is SO not dead. The stories and the characters we chick lit writers create are not only alive and well, they’re full of spirit, charm, and, most importantly, attitude.

To start our discussion on the genre, we thought we’d share some of our thoughts on chick lit:

I read chick-lit because, let’s face it, life can throw us some serious fast-balls and losing yourself in light reading focused on some fictional chick’s life can often be WAY more fun. Similarly, I write chick-lit because 1) life has thrown ME some serious fast-balls and losing myself in writing about some fictional chick’s life is often WAY more fun and 2) my writing focuses on strong yet vulnerable women trying to navigate a world they often cannot control and learning a lot about themselves in the process. And as I’ve been told time and time again, “write what you know.”

~ Meredith Schorr

Chick lit characters are never depressing. If I need a dose of dysfunctional family, I can pick up the phone. I read and write to escape into an entertaining world where problems can be resolved and happily ever after achieved in 300 or so pages.

~ Chris Bailey

There was a time when chick lit was all about pink covers, lipstick, and shoes. In some cases, it still is, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I love that these days, a chick lit heroine can wear stilettos, bunny slippers or work boots. She may be the life of the party, or feel more at home curled up on her couch with her dog. She can work in an office or a national park. What makes her a heroine is her attitude, her strength, and that we laugh with her, cry with her and follow her through whatever type of journey she may be on.

~ Melina Kantor

Where can you get a strong protagonist, with real issues, and look good while doing it? I love for my readers to feel what my heroine feels, live what my heroine lives, and walk away feeling good. With today’s life issues, we need strong Chick Lit books to get us through the tough times smiling, and feeling good about our life.

~Tonya Kappes

Chick-Lit truly is all about “the attitude”. And oh yeah, I’ve got plenty of that kinda sass and sage wisdom to share with y’all! Here’s the scoop: as the beyond fabulous Lauren Baratz-Logsted said in her book THIS IS CHICK-LIT “Lits [i.e. literary writers] facing off against Chicks is nothing new. Indeed, the first instance I can find…is from Charlotte Bronte in 1848, on the topic of Miss Jane Austen.” So bring it on, Bronte Lits. It’s time to hear from today’s Chick-Lit Chicks!

~ D.D. Scott

So, fellow chick lit fans. Why do you read / write / love chick lit? Please tell us in the comments!

See you on September 21st! We’ll be discussing the “State of Chick Lit.” Trust us. You’ll want to be there.  Possibly with your favorite chocolate and your coffee drink of choice.

Until then, Sexy Sassy Smart Chick Lit Wishes!

And don’t forget: Chick lit. It’s all about the attitude.

14 thoughts on “And, We’re Blogging!”

  1. FACT: Lipstick sales pick up whenever the economy takes a dip. It’s true! Why? Because people are always willing to invest in the little things that make them feel good. Chick-lit is the lipstick of the literary world. A light pick-up for when life takes a dip and you want something to make you feel good. I’m proud to be a part of this chapter!

    Congrats on the blog!

  2. Ohhh, Jeff…you are sooo on track with your astute librarian observations…

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts after seeing my interview post this week with the beyond fabulous Susan Gibberman, the 2008 RWA Librarian of the Year!

    Sexy Sassy Smart ScrewBall Comedies & Best of Librarian Wishes — D. D. Scott

  3. Thanks, Chris B. My fingers are crossed for your ms. as well.

    I understand this blog will soon feature a column by a current librarian. I think that will be an eye-opener for any editors / publishers / agents who are able to see it. I worked in public library administration for nearly 29 years — retired now — and I saw the books coming in to be processed / cataloged … and the books on triple-decker ‘trucks’ [i.e., carts] waiting to be re-shelved. I and my former library colleagues know that readers love the type of books which include those stories categorized as ‘chick lit’. I doubt any public librarian would say Chick Lit is dead. More likely they’d say, “PUBLISH MORE — our readers WANT it.”
    But I’ll shut up and let the current librarian carry that banner.
    Jeff

  4. Jeff, you and your stories absolutely belong! And I hope that agent appreciates and sells your screwball comedy. I look forward to reading it. And to selling mine.

  5. It’s so nice to see you here Becke! Thanks for stopping by. Totally agree with you and D.D. about packaging!

    Hi Jeff! Ooh, “screwball comedies” are so much fun! Good luck finding a home for your books.

    –Melina

  6. Congratulations on this launch.
    I may be the least qualified to comment on what ‘chick lit’ is (or isn’t), but I’m absolutely confident that it is alive and well.
    I also feel it’s a reasonable ‘home’ for two of my five completed novel manuscripts, which have vivacious characters, comedy, adventure, struggles, and romance — all blended with brisk plots. Does that description fall under the umbrella of Chick Lit? We’ll see.
    If the publishing world currently had a category called “screwball romantic comedy” [think of those Hollywood movies during the 30s & 40s], perhaps agents would be banging on my door. Ha.
    In the meantime, I am gratified at the warm welcome from many of this chapter’s members. It would have been fairly easy to ignore the new guy on the block, but many of you have been cordial, kind, and inclusive. I really appreciate that.
    Thanks!
    Jeff

  7. I luuuvvv that, Becke…”whatever you call it, though, I’m a fan!”

    You’re sooo right in that yes, perhaps Chick Lit is packaged a different way now…with a different label and different cover art…but the fan base and the heart and attitude of Chick Lit stories are still sooo alive and thriving!

    ‘Course I’m still a huge fan of the old packaging and labels too!

    Glad you’re luuuvvvin’ our new Chick Lit Blog!

    Sexy Sassy Smart Chick Lit Blog Wishes — D. D. Scott

  8. I’ve been reading chick lit for years, and I still enjoy it. I do like a happy ending, so my chick lit is often packaged as contemporary romance. Whatever you call it, though, I’m a fan!

  9. And not only are we here to tell ya and show ya that Chick Lit is alive and thriving…but we’ve got the fun and fabulous “attitudes” to prove it!!!

    Sexy Sassy Smart Chick Lit Blog Wishes!!!

    D. D. Scott
    BOOTSCOOTIN’ BLAHNIKS (Aug. 2010 Amazon Kindle & Smashwords)
    MUSE THERAPY (Oct. 2010 Amazon Kindle & Smashwords)
    http://www.DDScott.com

  10. I’d like to call for a New Orleans-style funeral procession. Bring on the jazz musicians and join the parade!

  11. Woo hoo!! Chick lit is SOOOO not dead and we are going to prove it!!

    Tonya Kappes
    Carpe Bead ‘Em (May 2011)
    The Ladybug Jinx (July 2011)
    tonyakappes.com
    thenakedhero.com

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