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Watch me write a novel

Over on The Chick Lit Cookbook tumblr, I’ve been using The Chick Lit Cookbook to write my own chick lit. My novel is about an archaeology student named Malena who solves an archaeological mystery about cave art and falls in love. Right now, this insane project is called CAVE ART, but Godwilling I will come up with a more suitable title by the time I am done.

So far, this project has kept me accountable–I’m up to Chapter 9 in the cookbook, I’ve written 1.5 chapters, and outlined the entire thing. I’m posting the chapters as I write them here, and you can follow along my progress on if you’re interested.

Wish me luck!!


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My own DIY…

Hi, loyal Craftbook Fans!

I wanted to let you know that I launched another project–an ebook! The Chick Lit Cookbook: A Guide to Writing Your Novel in 30 Minutes a Day is officially on sale at Smashwords and Amazon. It’s only $4.99, and through midnight tonight you can get a copy for $2.99 at Amazon. You can also get it for $.99 on Smashwords using the coupon code ER26U. After that, it’s still only $4.99!

I love reading chick lit, and I confessed my love for it over on my author page. I talk a lot about chick lit and feminism, literature, and storylines over at And WHEW, I think that’s enough webpages for one gal.

Anyway, would love to hear what you think. Do you read chick lit? Do you write? Drop by and leave me a comment!

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The Chick Lit Cookbook: A Guide to Writing Your Novel in 30 Minutes a Day

I have a confession! I love chick lit. Love love love it. I devour it and have since I was about 16. After 10 years (make that 11 years) of chick lit love (addiction), I decided to write a guide to writing it. Because I’m also a writing teacher!

It took me a long time to put two and two together and realize that I could write about chick lit…in part because I am shy about my love for the genre. Jennifer Weiner and Jonathan Franzen are always fighting about it, or something. But smart women (and I’m sure men) like chick lit because it is entertaining and well-written. Chick lit is


smart. So if no one has ever given you permission to be a fan of both Franzen’s The Corrections and, say, Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed, here you go. They are both about terrible people trying to live fulfilling lives. They are both somewhat depressing and somewhat entertaining. They’re both pretty darn long.

Anyway, my book, the Chick Lit Cookbook, is a guide for people interested in writing chick lit. Particularly for those who are pressed for time. The book is available at Smashwords and you can read updates on the book’s website, If you happen to be interested in a review copy, send me an email and I will give you a free coupon code.

I published the Chick Lit Cookbook with the lovely Kelly Rizzetta of KMR Publishing. She did all of the editing and formatting, and I will be doing a post sometime soon about how awesome it is to work with another person. Because it is so. Awesome. You do the writing and they do the not-writing.