Tag Archive | HarperCollins

Chick lit vs Women’s fiction

Chick lit is dead”

“Should we mourn the end of chick-lit?”

The headlines keep coming along with the stereotypes.

Exactly what is chick lit?

No, you don’t have to spell it out to me but do we need this term?

Many authors have been labelled as “chick lit” just because they are women.

Does it matter?

I suppose it depends how you view yourself.

I for one do not like stereotypes. I write women’s fiction, i.e. stories that will mainly appeal to women. Still, it doesn’t mean men don’t like reading my stories.

Many women authors have been blighted by “pink covers” or ones adorned by stilettos and such. This reflects a lack of imagination from publishing houses. Let’s not forget many authors have no say when it comes to choosing the artwork which is meant to sell their books.

Here’s an article I read in the Guardian 


And here is the comment I left:

As I keep saying women’s fiction does not equal chick lit.
Let people read what they want without attaching patronising labels.

I’m glad to report I write women’s fiction and no pink cover is associated to my name.
Unfortunately authors do not always have a say when it comes to their book covers.
We can try and make our voices heard though.

Let’s focus on writing good stories, ones readers want to read and let’s get rid of stereotypes.

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Sexist book cover

What to think of the controversy regarding Polly Courtney‘s jacket for her latest novel?

Is it sexist? I’ve seen the cover and I can’t say I’m offended by it.

Many book covers are sexist or patronising. Few authors get to approve the artwork. Publishers want to sell as many copies as possible and create an impact.

Of course creating an impact matters when it comes to selling books. A brilliant novel might be disregarded if the jacket doesn’t have the right feel. However we are all different, what works for one person might not appeal to the next.

The big question is: should authors have a say when it comes to one of the most important aspects of your book?

After all as the author you’ve spent all that time writing it, you know what’s best, right? Not necessarily. I do think we need to be open to suggestions. But I’d hate to be in a situation where I object violently to the artwork designed to sell my novel.

So, yes, I do sympathise with Polly Courtney and I’m glad my situation is the complete opposite.

I had a concept for my latest novel and when I suggested it to my publisher he loved it. So far, even though the book is not out yet, the reaction has been more than positive. I love the message it sends and the picture is fresh and appealing.

Part of me though can’t help thinking  it’s a good publicity ‘stunt’ and that Polly Courtney was obviously unhappy with Harper Collins in the first place.

It’s a real problem for women to be taken seriously and not be patronised. Let us write or read what we want, every one to their own taste. Why demean one style or the other?

Here’s a link to the cover in question.


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Rocker Patti Smith takes nonfiction prize

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Rocker Patti Smith takes nonfiction prize

– latimes.com http://ow.ly/3bHML

In accepting the award, and with e-books clearly on her mind, Smith echoed a call made by other winners in recent years. “There is nothing more beautiful in our material world than the book,” she said. “Please never abandon the book.”