4.26.2004

I was thinking about chick lit, something along the if-it's-so-easy-why-don't-we-all-write-some-and-get-jimmy-choos line of daydream, so I decided to check out the requirements. I did a search for "chick lit" and "guidelines" and ended up at a large publisher's website, at the writing guidelines page for its chick-lit-goes-to-church series. What follows is the exact reason I won't be cashing in on this particular substratum of the trend:

Because [imprint that will not be getting any free publicity here] sells to both CBA and American Booksellers Association bookstores, we must adhere to CBA conventions. The stories may not include alcohol consumption by Christian characters, dancing, card-playing, gambling or games of chance (including raffles), explicit scatological terms, hero and heroine remaining overnight together alone, Halloween celebrations or magic, or the mention of intimate body parts. Lying is also problematical in the CBA market and characters who are Christian should not lie or deceive others. Possibly there could be exceptional circumstances (matters of life and death), but this has to be okayed by an editor.


I might actually read chick lit if it contained that many interesting story elements. Bonus points for inventing a word: problematical. Indeed.

-Lauren


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