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Monday, November 28, 2005

HenLit "the next thing"

I was playing tennis with a writer that some of you know, Cara Lockwood. I told her about my travails and troubles with getting a decent agent. I mentioned that I'm doing contemporary fantasy, which she said is really going to be popular soon. I sure hope so.
But then I popped my HenLit idea on her and she just practically squealed: "HenLit! Yes, that's the next thing." She even guessed the title when I gave her the basic plot idea. I guess that 's a sign that I should write this this novel, isn't it, ladies?

Meanwhile, I got a request from a very hot agent for a partial on my fantasy novel. And...a movie company said no, but very nicely. They really enjoyed reading the novel...just not for them. One day, I will figure out what those code words mean.

Anyway, hope Cara's view is the right one. We should strike while the metaphor is hot!


posted by Bastet @ Monday, November 28, 2005


Monday, November 21, 2005

"Hens"/"Ladies" and our reading habits

I like the term LadyLit - even though it does conjure up the picture of a tipsy English dowager. But I digress .. . .and I haven't even started on the topic.

As a Hen/Lady/Crone/Goddess of a Certain Age, I read books written about protagonists of all age groups (and all ethnic, religions and sex groups, too).

I think we (the above category of reader although speaking mainly of my own fine-self) are more diverse in our thinking - women in our age group see the world as a whole and not as compartments. "Well, now, let's see, Martha, I can't read THAT book because it's about a female transvestite who is a fallen Catholic practicing Witchcraft as a Wizard. I could just never relate." I know that's a bit far-fetched. But as someone who reads diverse genres and (GASP!) literary fiction, I am not really opposed to reading about the aforementioned female transvestite - as long as it's an interesting story - one that will hold my interest.

I've met a lot of people over fifty who've read (and reread) every Harry Potter book - good stories.

On the other hand, I would like to see stories about women like me - fiftish, a tad overweight but still sexy, bright and charming, intelligent and empowered. We are out there - and I, for one, am working on a couple of entries into that category.

So, ladies, keep up the good work. Write those entertaining stories.
We are a force. A beautiful, rounded, soft, loving, intelligent force.


PS - Thanks to those of you who comment on my meanderings on my blog. Nice to know my words are not lost in cyberspace.

posted by Mitzi @ Monday, November 21, 2005


Saturday, November 19, 2005

Enough with the stilettos

I have to agree with Kathy....Women in the over 40, over 50 and yes, even the over 60 age group (though I'm not there yet) have a lot to offer the reading public.

We're not all working in the corporate-climbing positions, or spending our Saturday evenings whining/wining either with a "boyfriend" or because of lack of one. The most important thing in our life might not be designer clothes, numbers on the scale, working out at a gym or that pair of stiletto heels we simply must have.

Many of us have evolved from the "chick" to the "hen" and have the life experience to prove it and yes, write about it. We had the chick lit issues once....but hopefully, many of us baby boomers have moved forward. We've reached a point in our lives where we know who we are and some of us even like that person that evolved. We no longer require the approval, reassurance and false friendships that we once did.

So we come to the publishing world with a whole different set of issues/topics.....from being a primary caregiver, to opening our own business, to being alone for maybe the first time in our lives, and all of it has been a learning experience.

Hey, seniority counts for something and hopefully the publishing world will soon see that many women in the reading world would like to read about something other than the newest pair of stilettos or what it's like being 30. We've been 30 and all the years that followed is what has given us the developed characters and plots that should make "hen lit" a top seller.

posted by Terri @ Saturday, November 19, 2005


Monday, November 14, 2005

Chick Lit is Real Fiction for Real Women

Interesting article about chick lit and its sub-genres posted on the chick lit group:

Women's lives are reflected in 'chick lit' genre

I love how the genre is spreading and is beginning to encompass a new voice for women's fiction. But, as the article mentions, one of the problems with hen lit is that the genre title alone is disparaging and the individual book titles all sound so angry or unenticing. But not only are women in general disparaged, including their fiction, but older women are denigrated even more. I think it's time to fight back. Show what real live women are all about - no matter their age. How do we do that? I don't know exactly but I'm willing to sound the battle cry. :) In the meantime, we just keep writing. And maybe our numbers will speak for themselves. And we'll leave our mark on women's fiction in general.

posted by Kathy Holmes @ Monday, November 14, 2005