Oct 3, 2012

IWSG - Any Women's Lit Writers?

First, I'm thrilled, delighted and just plain excited to announce my dear friend and amazing CP Elaine Vickers launched her blog Monday with a great middle grade giveaway.  I invite all of you to stop by and show her the love you have shown me.

Today is the first Wednesday of the month, which means time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.  If you haven't participated, you should because it's a great chance to see that our own little weird insecurities in our heads are in other people's heads too.  Sign up at Alex J. Cavanaugh's site here.

I love my blogging friends and I don't just throw that word around.  You guys are supportive and motivating and loving and pretty much all the adjectives that are the good, uplifting and a little bit silly.

The only downside is how few of you are writing what I write - Women's Lit.  I really think I could write YA - for a few years that was my primary reading mix because I wanted books to recommend to my students.  But almost every story I can think of is Women's Lit and I love it, something I remembered when I started reading it.
Loved these movies - don't judge.

But for some reason, I can't seem to find Women's Lit writers online, which perplexes me a little and maybe, sometimes, has me wondering if I'm doing something wrong building an online presence.  But don't worry, that little voice only sticks around about as long as the one that tells me to quit drinking Diet Coke.  Silly voices.

Remember this speech?
I am Optimus Prime and I send this message to any surviving Autobots taking refuge among the stars. We are here. We are waiting.
Here's my version.

I am Tasha Seegmiller and I send this message to any Women's Lit writers hiding in the world wide web.  I am here.  I am waiting.  We should meet :)

Do you ever feel like the odd wo/man out for what you write?  Know of any good Women's Lit blogs?  Been to Elaine's blog yet?

22 comments :

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

There are writers out there! Sorry, can't think of anyone, but I know a couple of my blogger buddies write women's lit.
Sometimes being the science fiction writer in a sea of fantasy and paranormal is tough.

Cherie Reich said...

I'm sure there are women's lit writers out there blogging. And you have to write what stories come to you, and if they are women's lit, then they're women's lit. :)

M.J. Fifield said...

I primarily write fantasy and there seem to be a lot of us around the blogosphere. But one of my unfinished manuscripts is women's lit. One of these days, I'll get back around to it.

Donna K. Weaver said...

My adventure romance could be called women's lit. Does that count?

Annalisa Crawford said...

My publisher has categorised me as romance, I've started using the term alternative romance (on account of the lack of romance) but maybe women's lit is a better term. Either way, I also feel everyone is writing something different from me! I hope you find lots of women's lit writers :-)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

ME, ME!!!!! I'm women's lit!!!
(and I've been here all the time...lol)

David P. King said...

On my way to welcome your friend.

You're doing the right thing by having a web presence (and a very good one, I might add), however I can't be of much help since I'm not in the Women's Lit camp (I like spaceships and swords too much). However, I know they're out there, and I'll direct them to you when I find them. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm sure they're out there. When I first started writing, it was difficult to find other fantasy writers. Now we're everywhere. Things wax and wane in popularity.

Morgan said...

Man, I wish I knew Women lit writers/blogs! But I totally don't. It'd be hard to be lost in a sea of YA! And I have been to Elaine's blog! I need to get to know her better. :)

Catherine Noble said...

There must be millions of Women's Lit writers out there on Twitter. I'm sure there are many authors of Women's Lit on here (http://chicklitplus.com/) (although I don't know if the term "chick lit" offends you. Personally it doesn't bother me).

I've just followed Elaine's blog! :)

Julie said...

Yay! I'm trying! My WIP is women's lit genre. It's in its highly "need of revision" stage, but that's the ultimate goal. Nice to meet YOU!

S.P. Bowers said...

I know some women's lit bloggers. Janet Reid called the book I'm shopping Women's Lit, though I'm not so sure about that. I think part of the problem is that the definition for WL is a little vague and things often fit into other categories so many times people don't realize they're writing WL.

Elaine said...

Thank you so much, Tasha! This shout-out is just one more addition to the LOOOOONG list of reasons I love you. :)

Do you follow @Fizzygrrl or @CareyTorg? They write womens lit and I've had fun interactions with both of them...

Blair B. Burke said...

Janet Reid called my completed MS Women's Lit as well. Not really sure what that means. I write lots of different genres so I don't worry about it too much (except when submitting - then it's a huge stressor).


I'm currently working on a YA piece and you can't swing a electronic cat without hitting other YA writers.

Suzanne Furness said...

Sounds like there's a few contacts here for womens lit writers. Good luck. Will head over to your friends site now.

Andrew Leon said...

You should check out my recent review of the book Before Ever After and then look up Samantha Sotto. She's friendly and witty which is a great combo. She's working on a book, right now, so posts to her blog have been rather sporadic, but she is out there.

Livia said...

There are many writers out in the blogosphere and eventually, you'll find women's writers.

I know a romance\women's lit writer who's in the blogosphere: Talli Roland. Here's her blog link if you'd be interested: http://www.talliroland.blogspot.com/

I've been reading Talli's blog for quite awhile now and it's pretty good blog. I hope you enjoy it, Tasha!

I'm a member of IWSG, too! Nice to meet you! *shake hands* :)

Tonja said...

Me! Now I feel less alone. :)

I mostly write dark comedies. My next several novels will be dark historical fiction. Definitely women's lit though.

Nick Wilford said...

Kyra Lennon writes chick lit, which must be related to women's lit? (Shoot me down if this is not the case!) She happily describes her work as chick lit, anyway. I can also honestly say she's one of my best friends online - she's super supportive and positive! kyralennon.blogspot.co.uk Tell her I sent you. :)

I do know what you mean. It doesn't feel like there are that many thriller writers out there like me, although the idea I had for NaNo feels decidedly YA and there's no shortage of them. Don't worry about it, just write what you have to write!

Cassie Mae said...

Angie Cothran is writing one. :)

Oh, and if I write one, can I be in this super cool club? I'm not promising it'll be any good, though. I may have to edit all the whoa craps and totally's. ;)

Tara Tyler said...

i am too immature to write women's lit. thats why i lean to chick lit. but there are more than you know, its a classic genre, from jane eyre to eat pray love!

Kelley Lynn said...

I'm like Tara. Maybe someday I'll grow up and graduate to something more than YA. ;)

I think in general, all writers go through the same rollercoaster, but depending on the genre we write there are little parts that are different. Here's to finding more Women's Lit friends!