Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 21, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages
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One of the hottest markets for new writers today, the women's fiction genre called Chick Lit is attracting new authors daily. In Will Write for Shoes, veteran Chick Lit and romance author Cathy Yardley draws upon years of teaching about commercial women's fiction to give aspiring novelists invaluable advice and step-by-step methods for writing and selling a successful Chick Lit novel. Features include:
 
The history of Chick LitA blueprint for writing a Chick Lit novelNew trends in the genreTips and tools for breaking into the market
Complete with a directory of agents and publishers who acquire Chick Lit, sample submission materials, and online resources, this fun and comprehensive manual is a must-have for all women who want to write a Chick Lit novel.
  

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Review: Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel

User Review  - Jennifer Marshburn - Goodreads

This is a great guide to writing. While it is very specific to the genre of chic lit, the author gives a lot of good general advice in parts, and the writing exercises are great! Read full review

Review: Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel

User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

I enjoyed this--finished it in a day. It was really helpful, as I have taken to learning about writing. I would love to read more of Cathy Yardley's novels. Her writing is a delight. Read full review

Contents

What Is Chick Lit?
3
The Basics of Traditional Chick
10
New Trends in Chick Lit
17
How to Write a Chick Lit Novel
27
Characters
36
Plot
45
Outlining
57
Freeform Writing
66
Youve Got a Voice Use It Synopsis
108
Finding Representation m
112
Approaching Publishers
123
Online Networking
130
How to Form a Crit Group m
135
Questions Im Asked All the Time
145
APPENDIXES
155
Sample Query LetterAgent
157

Structure 10
70
Whose Story Is This Anyway? Point of View 14
74
Setting
80
Voice
82
Period of Time When Your Life Will Necessarily Suck Revisions
90
Badu Keeds a Kew Glair oj Shoes The Crapshoot That Is Selling Your Novel
97
Query Letters the Chick Lit Way
99
Sample Query LetterEditor 159
161
Sample Scene Outline
170
Agent Listings
174
Publisher Listings
196
Cyberrific Sites to See
203
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Cathy Yardley is the author of L.A. Woman and Couch World, as well as several romance novels for Harlequin. She has been president of the Los Angeles and San Francisco chapters of Romance Writers of America and a speaker at writing conferences nationwide. Cathy lives with her husband and son in Southern California, where she is hard at work on her next Chick Lit novel. Visit her Web site at www.cathyyardley.com.

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