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Will Write for Shoes

Will Write for Shoes

How to Write a Chick Lit Novel

Cathy Yardley

Thomas Dunne Books




* What is Chick Lit exactly?
* How do I write a Chick Lit novel?
* What are the steps I need to take to get published?

Once dismissed as a fad by the popular press and literary community, the women's fiction genre called Chick Lit is now one of the hottest growing markets for new writers. In Will Write for Shoes, veteran Chick Lit and romance author Cathy Yardley addresses the common questions (and misconceptions) about the genre.

Based on years of teaching about commercial women's fiction, this definitive guide provides invaluable tips and step-by-step methods for writing and selling a successful Chick Lit novel. Features include:

* The history of Chick Lit
* A blueprint for writing a Chick Lit novel
* New trends in the genre
* Tips and tools for breaking into the market
* FAQs and miscellanea

A directory of agents and publishers who acquire Chick Lit, sample submission materials, and online resources make this fun and comprehensive manual a must-have for all women who want to write a Chick Lit novel.


Chapter One
What Is Chick Lit?

I started writing in 1995, after I had graduated from Berkeley and moved to Los Angeles to find work and to stay with my college boyfriend. I planned on writing romance novels, because they had helped...


Praise for Will Write for Shoes

“A clear, concise, easy-to-read (and reread) guide to writing contemporary women's fiction. Like a pair of heels you can actually dance in, this book is a keeper.” —Alisa Kwitney, author of The Dominant Blonde

“Yardley gives a humorous but honest look at the dos and don'ts of the biz, arming writers with a valuable tool in their arsenal on the way to publication.” —Erica Orloff, author of Do They Wear High Heels in Heaven?

“Accessible, wise, and fun. Yardley's step-by-step approach, boundless wisdom, and humorous tone make this an invaluable aid to any writer hoping to break into the genre!” —Carren Lisner, author of Carrie Pilby

“I laughed, I cried, I finished my Chick Lit novel! Thank you, Cathy Yardley, for putting everything I ever wanted to know about Chick Lit all in one place. The appendixes alone are worth their weight in chocolate.” —Deanna Carlyle, cofounder of the International Women's Fiction Festival

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About the author

Cathy Yardley

Cathy Yardley is the author of L.A. Woman and Couch World for Red Dress Ink, 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. She lives with her husband and son in San Diego.

Cathy Yardley

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