Looking for some great women’s fiction

April 3rd, 2008 • Kate

Met today with an editor of romance novels, among other women’s fiction, who wished she were seeing more great Western romances — cowboys, frontier women on the range, gunfights, and all that good stuff. It’s yet another example of the cyclical nature of publishing — things go out of favor, and then pop back in again. Highlanders, however, seem a perennial favorite. Who doesn’t love a Scotsman in a kilt?
Well, besides Kind Edward. William Wallace reference, anyone?
Her house’s publishing plan was pretty evenly split between contemporary romances, romantic comedies, paranormals, and historicals. Another division of the same house does the chick lit-y stuff, as well as what’s termed in British publishing circles, “faux lit.” Think Alice Sebold, Phillippa Gregory, The Dogs of Babel
Speaking with her got me excited to find some great women’s fiction authors, so keep those queries coming! I’ll be taking a week or so off from April 8th through the 15th, but will try to get to the letters I do have before I throw up the “temporarily closed” sign. Anything that comes in after the 8th will have to wait!

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3 Responses to “Looking for some great women’s fiction”

  1. shanntn Says:

    Hi – Love your blog. What exactly do you consider women's fiction? Are you lumping all romance categories into that? Or are you looking for the non-romance genre fiction?

  2. beth Says:

    "faux lit"?? That's a new one on me!

  3. Dwight Says:

    I'm sorry, but it's 2008.
    What fiction ISN'T women's fiction these days? What fiction doesn't go through the "68% of all bookbuyers are women" marketing prism in the pitch stage?
    Even Chuck Paulaniuk has gone squishy.