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Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel Paperback – August 21, 2007
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“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
“If you want to write chick lit, this book is a must, primarily because Yardley breaks down what's really happening with the chick lit market and nails down what a chick lit novel must have. The author has a breezy tone that will appeal to readers and aspiring authors of chick lit books. Aspiring authors in other genres may also want to give this a try.” ―Romantic Times
“Writers looking for a particular kind of motivation will find it in Cathy Yardley's Will Write for Shoes. A sound and welcome defense of chick lit . . . Yardley's advice is precise, realistic, and readable. And her insistence that you need a story, not just a 'cool idea,' is worth the sale price alone.” ―Washington Post
“If you're thinking of [writing] a chick lit novel, this is the book for you. The content is pure gold. Yardley knows what she's talking about.” ―Kingston Observer
“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?
“Funny but informative . . . the literary equivalent of your best friend. Yardley knows how to ride the roller coaster of chick-lit publishing. . . . She provides excellent examples and sage advice [with] refreshing self-awareness.” ―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“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
“Light and unintimidating . . . fans of chick lit will likely appreciate the customized manuals. . . . Teen fans of the chick-lit style may also benefit.” ―Library Journal
About the Author
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.
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Finally Yardley provides seasoned and professional answers about navigating the business aspects of publishing covering topics such as query letters, synopsis, agents, networking and how to form a critique group. Her FAQ is valuable to answer common questions and even speculates about the future of the genre. The seven Appendixes contain valuable material such as a sample query letter to an agent, a sample query letter to an editor, a sample synopsis, a scene outline, current agent listings (and some of the authors these agents represent), publisher listings and even great websites to help the reader.
This well-written book is highly recommended to every writer--whether you plan to write a Chick Lit Novel or not.
I think the most useful information is in the section on how to write a chick lit novel. It covers character, plot, setting, voice, point of view, structure, outlining vs free-form writing, and revisions.
Yardley gives a lot of good advice, and she refers to published novels to back up her points. SEE JANE WRITE is another popular book for how to write chick lit, but after reading it, I recommend this book instead.
The reason I gave this book four stars instead of five is because I haven't yet used Yardley's advice so I can't vouch for its information from my own experience.
Will Write For Shoes is a valuable addition to your library, and thoroughly covers the details of the chick lit genre. Cathy Yardley defines it, gives a history of it and fills readers in on the new trends. Just when you are ready to get to working on your own manuscript, she fills you in on premise (what is "high concept," anyway?), characters, structure, outline and much more.
Of course, there are many books out there that give the basics of how to create fiction, but Will Write For Shoes is the perfect tool if you long to create the chick lit that you adore. It's not a simple concept, but if you follow this author's advice you'll be well on your way to creating a finished manuscript that avoids the cliches, yet gives publishers the idea that they have a solid winner that will strike a chord with readers.
Don't pass up the opportunity to read and own this book. I promise you will refer to Will Write for Shoes over and over again during your writing career!
Thank you, Cathy Yardley for an entertaining, educational keeper of a book!
Tips for structuring plot were very thoroughly explained. The author's extremely organized approach to writing may work for some but not others. I'm pretty "Type A" myself, so it made sense to me - and employing some of her suggested techniques has kept my writing focused and prevented a lot of wasted time in rewrites.
Bottom line: Skim the first half (on Chick Lit genre), and slow down to focus on the second half (writing and publishing tips).
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Loads of great advice for aspiring authors told with good dollop of humour.Published 15 months ago by Maggie Best
I have a whole shelf full of "how to books" on writing. This is by far the best.Published 16 months ago by Patricia Lundon
brought this for my daughter in law who is interested in writing chick lit, she loves it. easy to understand guide to this genrePublished 19 months ago by Linn Random
Will Write for Shoes is a great resource for anyone who is considering writing chick lit (but it can also be useful for writers of any genre). Ms. Read morePublished 22 months ago by KrazyBookLady
THIS BOOK IS GREAT FOR TIPS ON WRITING..OF THAT IS WHAT ONE
IS LOOKING FOR,. THEN HERE IT IS.. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Times have changed and this book no longer gives you the info needed to effectively write a chick lit book. In fact, apparently the phrase "chick lit" is even dated. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by RBock
Although it's telling me most of what I already knew. I still find it a good resource to reinforce what I knew and to teach me anything Im unsure about. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by LaToya Houston
Some very helpful tips on how to structure a chick lit novel whole avoiding traps and clichés. Written in an easy to understand style.Published on January 20, 2013 by Darcy O'Rourke