See Jane Write: A Girl's Guide to Writing Chick Lit

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With chick lit novels popping up on every best seller list, millions of listeners are all thinking the same thing: I could write this stuff. I could write a best seller and never go back to the office again! And here’s the guide that will show you how. Best-selling novelist Sarah Mlynowski and veteran chick lit editor Farrin Jacobs cover every stage of developing and selling your soon-to-be best-selling novel, with information on:

  • developing an idea
  • learning the basics of plotting
  • deciding on a point of view
  • pacing, and conflict
  • making your characters likable
  • finding an agent
  • and much more, including humorous tips and advice from scores of established writers (from Meg Cabot and Marian Keyes to Emily Giffin and Sophie Kinsella).

If you’ve got stories to tell, See Jane Write will take care of the rest!

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About the Author:

Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series, the Magic in Manhattan series, Gimme a Call, and a bunch of other books for tweens and teens, including the Upside-Down Magic series, which she is cowriting with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in the kingdom of Manhattan with her very own prince charming and their fairy-tale-loving daughters. Visit Sarah online at and find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @sarahmlynowski.

From Publishers Weekly:

Writer Mlynowski (Milkrun, Me vs. Me) and editor Jacobs, formerly of Red Dress Ink, team up for this handy dandy guide to penning "chick lit," which they define in the first part, "The Big Picture," as "often upbeat, always funny fiction about contemporary female characters and their everyday struggles," citing Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary as the watershed moment for the genre ("not necessarily the first chick lit author, but ... certainly the most popular"). The balance of the first part goes into preparation for writing, describing it in terms of therapy ("It's your opportunity to vent, reveal, create, and release") and dating ("You want to charm your reader"), and providing a lesson in motivation, "Getting Back at Your Ex and Other Reasons to Write." The text contains plenty words of wisdom from other chick lit pros, including novelists Meg Cabot (Queen of Babble) and Sophie Kinsella (Confessions of a Shopaholic). Fiction writers of all stripes, however, should find useful a substantial chunk of this irreverent, easy-to-read guide, especially in part two, "The Details." Chapters on character, plot development, structure and pacing all translate well. Though warning against stereotypes like "Multiple Personality Mary" and "Perky Patty" aren't exactly earth-shattering, this primer covers the basics with wit, style and plenty of welcome encouragement from those who have been there.
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ISBN 10:  1594741158 ISBN 13:  9781594741159
Publisher: Quirk Books, 2006