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Monday, October 12, 2009

Literary Chick Lit Westerns

After I named the "literary chick lit western" as a jokey example of what's not selling in today's market, I realized there is such a book, and it sells very well. Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues has been in print since its debut in 1976. And it sure is literary. And a western. And I'm sure somebody in some editorial meeting would call it chick lit.

Another argument to write what you love now and find an audience later.

6 comments:

  1. There really IS a book written for everyone. Ha!

    Thanks for the comments on my paragraph, I totally agree. Hmm, honing in on the magic... perhaps when I finish the book and edit it etc, I'll post the revised first paragraph and do a compare. Thanks again :) :)

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  2. I find I almost never end up with the opening I started with. In fact, I often delete the whole first chapter after I've written the final one.

    I try to remember this when I jump into a new book and my instinct is to spend days polishing the beginning before moving on. Anne Lamotte's theory of "Shitty First Drafts" is a good one--just let it flow now and fix it later.

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  3. Great! I've tried to write a literary spy novel. Not sure if it's worked. :)

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  4. Hi again! Yeah I think I'm going to subscribe to the "let it flow" way of thinking this time around. I can't wait to finish, so at least the flow part is working. Hopefully the rewrites will go over smoothly too :)

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  5. Hi Anne, if you get the chance I have a little award for you on my blog :)

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  6. Thanks so much Diana. The Heartfelt Award is like a plate of cookies without the calories! I just tried to upload the logo, but as usual, I jumped through a bunch of hoops with no results. I wish there were manuals for these things.

    I'll try later. I'm madly doing some rewrites.

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