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CaroleService Thu 05-May-16 15:25:06

Is 70,000 words enough for chicklit?

And does there HAVE to be romance?

(I'd be graeful for views ...)

CaroleService Thu 05-May-16 15:25:37

'grateful', bah

ImperialBlether Thu 05-May-16 16:03:12

Well, chicklit is a sub-genre of romance! I think 80-90,000 is what they're looking for, really.

CaroleService Thu 05-May-16 18:16:53

rats, might have to crank up a love affair then, to fill my deficit if nothing else ...

ImperialBlether Thu 05-May-16 18:19:08

What's the story about? What makes you sure it's chick lit? Which chick lit writers do you like?

CaroleService Thu 05-May-16 18:38:43

School gate bitchery and one-upmanship.

MissBattleaxe Thu 05-May-16 18:40:58

School gate bitchery and one-upmanship It sounds like an AIBU thread. I'd definitely read that!

ImperialBlether Thu 05-May-16 18:56:23

Me too! Have you read Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, OP?

CaroleService Thu 05-May-16 19:10:33

Nope, but I will ... Any others?

Heck of a title for a novel: 'AIBU?'


ImperialBlether Thu 05-May-16 20:20:58

I wonder how fast the MNHQ legal team would move on that!

CaroleService Thu 05-May-16 21:39:44

heh heh

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Fri 06-May-16 11:18:06

You might get away with 'Am I unreasonable?' or 'Is she being unreasonable?'

Most debut novels are between 80k and 100k, so at the moment you're probably a bit light.

"Chick-lit" would generally imply it's about relationships, but I don't know if have to be romantic as such? If it's about school-gate bitchery and one-upmanship, I'd think more about dreadful dysfunctional marriages and joyless affairs. ;-)

CaroleService Fri 06-May-16 15:46:53

Oh I have, Outrageous, I have ...

CaroleService Fri 06-May-16 15:47:11

(Thanks, all, for the advice)

MissBattleaxe Fri 06-May-16 15:53:53

I think The Helicopter Mums would make a good title.

lavenderhoney Sat 07-May-16 18:59:26

There has to be a romantic interest in chick litsmile

As for school gates - the urge to reply when someone ( yes, this really happened) snipes " you're looking very foxy, what are you doing today?" To look them up and down ( yeah, I wear raybans at drop off) and say " lunch with your husband, actually"

But I don'tsmile I smile nicely and say " it's nice to look nice"

ImperialBlether Sat 07-May-16 20:41:44

You've got to be careful she wasn't just being nice, lavenderhoney!

lavenderhoney Sun 08-May-16 06:13:08

I know, Imperial, it's just her tone of voice that makes me think she doesn't mean well!. But I err on the side of caution alwayssmile

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