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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Markets for Hen Lit?

I discovered a blog for Intrigue Authors where they post some of their questions about writing for Intrigue, and I thought it would be interesting if we discussed some of the craft and business end of hen lit writing here.

I think we've all heard of NEXT and Transita, but I'm wondering if there are other markets for Hen Lit. I looked at the early books that Transita was publishing and didn't think the style really fit what I think of as Hen Lit. Because, to me, it's not just the age - it's also the voice or tone. It's chick lit for the over 40 crowd, as stated on our Hen Lit yahoo page.

An agent, who requested my full ms, did not want me to send it until I heard from NEXT, who recently requested a full. So, I'm thinking there must be other markets, if she would still be interested and they were not.

I keep reading how NEXT wants the focus of the story to be on the woman's journey and not romance. Well, I have to laugh because this is the first manuscript I've written with this much romance. But the romance is just a part of each woman's journey so, hopefully, I'm worrying about too much romance for no reason. :)

- Kathy

posted by Kathy Holmes @ Sunday, June 26, 2005


  1. At Sunday, June 26, 2005, Blogger sitting Tao said…

    After I hit the post button I thought: I should have checked to make sure someone else didn't just post about this. I was pleased to see you proposed discussion; that my post was timely.


  2. At Sunday, June 26, 2005, Blogger Dorothy said…

    You know...I'm glad you posted this, too. Why don't we work together and post whatever leads we can. I just got turned down by the Knight Agency...didn't even get to the partial stage. And I'm still reeling from the rejection from Agent #1. Almost makes you want to get it up. It's like does the book stink?


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