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Margie Orford

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Chick lit blues

The article on chick lit in the M&G is intersting – although I am surprised to see my gory fiction included under a chick lit banner. I have thought for a while of calling myself M Orford (as opposed to Margie) and reverting to the George Eliot gender disguise so that my chickiness is disguised. But then again who would want to be accused of writing what Zukiswa so brilliantly calls dick-lit? Niche-marketing hell… Although it would be an amusing piece: a panel with Conrad, Hemingway, Coetzee, Tolstoy bemoaning the burden of being dick-lit writers…an amusing imaginary discussion there!

 

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    August 14th, 2008 @11:46 #
     
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    I think Zukiswa may have picked up the term right here on Book SA...

    Speaking of dick-lit, I noticed that an Italian online bookseller had placed my book in the category "Men's Adventure", which sounds kinda kinky.

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  • Sven
    Sven
    August 14th, 2008 @12:21 #
     
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    I for one would be happy to decamp from the 'kid lit' category to the chick lit one. From what I can tell the target audience for my book is based purely on a brief review of the cover, and the same might be true in your case. Woman on the cover? Chick lit.

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  • <a href="http://margieorford.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Margie</a>
    Margie
    August 14th, 2008 @17:57 #
     
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    I have frequently been asked if the women on my covers are me. So maybe I can go into the new genre of chicklit crime autobiography

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