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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; First Printing edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594741158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594741159
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Writer Mlynowski (Milkrun, Me vs. Me) and editor Jacobs, formerly of Red Dress Ink, team up for this handy dandy guide to penning "chick lit," which they define in the first part, "The Big Picture," as "often upbeat, always funny fiction about contemporary female characters and their everyday struggles," citing Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary as the watershed moment for the genre ("not necessarily the first chick lit author, but ... certainly the most popular"). The balance of the first part goes into preparation for writing, describing it in terms of therapy ("It's your opportunity to vent, reveal, create, and release") and dating ("You want to charm your reader"), and providing a lesson in motivation, "Getting Back at Your Ex and Other Reasons to Write." The text contains plenty words of wisdom from other chick lit pros, including novelists Meg Cabot (Queen of Babble) and Sophie Kinsella (Confessions of a Shopaholic). Fiction writers of all stripes, however, should find useful a substantial chunk of this irreverent, easy-to-read guide, especially in part two, "The Details." Chapters on character, plot development, structure and pacing all translate well. Though warning against stereotypes like "Multiple Personality Mary" and "Perky Patty" aren't exactly earth-shattering, this primer covers the basics with wit, style and plenty of welcome encouragement from those who have been there.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–Fun, inspiring, and organized in a clear and encouraging style, this book covers topics from what chick lit is to how to create believable characters, develop a plot, and set a tone. The authors discuss seeing a project through to the finish and getting it published. The writing style is quirky and the advice is sound. The main theme is that writing is difficult, but rewarding, and that one can always improve. Cartoons in shades of pink and green enhance the text, done in the same colors. Sidebars offer practical advice and quotes from published writers. The information is transferable to nearly any type of writing, making the book useful and enjoyable to a wider audience than the title suggests.–Marcie Mann, Lafayette Jr. Sr. High School, NY
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More About the Author

Sarah is the author of both the WHATEVER AFTER and MAGIC IN MANHATTAN series, as well as DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT (March 2014), MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS, GIMME A CALL, TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) and HOW TO BE BAD (along with E.Lockhart and Lauren Myracle). Sarah's short stories and novellas include A LITTLE BIT BROKEN, A NICE FLING IS HARD TO FIND, KNOW IT ALL and CRUISIN'. Sarah also co-edited the bestselling chick-lit collections GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT and co-wrote the first ever guide to writing chick lit, SEE JANE WRITE.

Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages and optioned to Hollywood. She was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City.

Customer Reviews

It's written in a very easily understood manner.
Wri316
Sarah and Farrin have put together a great guide to help you through your journey of writing a book.
Lisa Bedigian
I would recommend this book to anyone needing some pointers on writing a chick-lit novel.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By book junkie on October 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a fun guide. Learn about how writing chick-lit is like therapy and dating. And forget about making excuses about not writing, Ms. Mess or Ms. Really-Busy. She's got your number. There's lots of personal experience and advice. It's like sitting down and having a conversation with some good friends.

There's a downside, though. With 180 pages and lots of graphics, there isn't a lot of text. A lot of topics are covered but: a) none that aren't covered in other guides and b) none that aren't covered better in other guides. I can't see anyone picking up this book and then having the light bulb go on "aha! I can now write a chick-lit novel!"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bearette24 VINE VOICE on November 3, 2006
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Without being preachy, this book walks you through the basics of writing a chick lit (or any) book...making your characters believable, crafting a likable yet lovably flawed protagonist, ensuring that your character has grown or changed by the end of the story, creating interesting dialogue, drafting a query letter that will grab an agent's attention, and avoiding common stereotypes/pitfalls. The authors, who have experience as writers and editors, include insightful sidebars ("words of wisdom", "mistakes I've made") and pepper the text with interesting quotes from chick lit authors on handling rejection, etc.

As the Amazon reviewer pointed out, the tips here are relevant to writing all types of fiction.

Wholly recommended if you are interested in writing or getting your novel published.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lucy L. Blaney on January 4, 2007
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The guide is fun to read and not too technical. The colored ink and pages make it a little over-the-top with feminine decoration, but it doesn't detract from the content. It's a good guide maybe for someone who has never written (anything) before, but some of the 'insider' tips are more like common sense. I would have appreciated more tips on how to crack the market, what types of books sell best, and more on structuring a story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Haefner on September 28, 2006
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I am just starting out in this crazy world of writing, publishing, etc... I bought this book after browsing it at the book store. I have fallen in love with it and it has inspired me so much. I can't wait to put all the great advice to work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Bedigian on December 6, 2007
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I've been writing for almost fifteen years. I grew up reading teen lit and chick lit and wanting to write books just like that, but I always wipe out, dead end, ect. Sarah and Farrin have put together a great guide to help you through your journey of writing a book. Their guidlines and list ideas can actually help you through a variety of projects and tasks, not just novel writing. I found it inspirational and when it needed to be, tough! I'd recommend it to people who want to write and people who like to read, because it gives a lot of insight into the ways the authors create their books and especially their lead characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "Matchmaker Author" Marla Martenson on December 16, 2009
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I have read this book three times. It is so user friendly, fun and absolutely charming. I am thrilled to say that since I read See Jane Write, I have finished my own Chick Lit book, Called Diary Of A Beverly Hills Matchmaker. It will be published in February 2010. Thanks Ladies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ashley P. on December 23, 2008
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I found this book to be very helpful. I tend to have trouble managing my time, and this book had a great way to chart out your day, so you can work in time to write. I also liked the break-down of publishing lingo, and the royalty calculations. It made things very realistic.

My favorite section of the book was the character descriptions that appear in most chick lit books. It's so informative, and helps you realize how you can make YOUR characters different, and not cliche.

I love that it's written in chick lit style, too, which makes it a really fun, breezy read, even though you get tons of great information. Great work, ladies!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wri316 on May 8, 2008
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I LOVED this book. It was so helpful and had so many great ideas. It's written in a very easily understood manner. It's great even if you never plan to write a book!
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