Quiz: Should you become a women’s fiction/ chick lit author?

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Are you ready to be the next big thing in women’s fiction? Or do you still have a lot to learn? Susie Orman Schnall, author of The Balance Project, has prepped this quiz for you. ♥

1. When I get my first one-star review on Amazon, I will…

A. Take it in stride. I know it will be upsetting because it’s never fun to have an anonymous person criticize my hard work, but hopefully there will be constructive criticism and I’ll learn from the experience.

B. Destroy the reader in the comments. How dare she!

C. Not applicable. I have poured my heart and soul into this book. There is no possible way I will receive a one-star review. Do you know who I am?

2. My ideal working environment is…

A. in the cozy little writing nook I have created for myself in my home. I love sitting down at my computer in my cozy sweats with a cup of tea and sitting in solitude for hours while I write.

B. My current office in downtown New York City where I work for a law firm (I write fiction after hours when I can). I love the hustle and bustle, sweeping view, expense-account lunches, and my power-suit wardrobe.

C. The tidy office the university allowed me to use because of my MFA fellowship.

3. The significance of the number 80,000 is…

A. The number of words I’ll creatively and thoughtfully string together to produce my first novel.

B. This year’s holiday bonus amount.

C. The amount of words I had to edit out from my first draft.

4. The concept of building an author platform is…

A. Daunting but doable. I realize that I have to put in a lot of time and effort to create a presence on social media. Just part of the job these days.

B. Something I’ll pay a consultant to do for me.

C. Completely unnecessary. The writing will speak for itself.

5. Book bloggers…

A. Are some of the nicest people out there. They have been so unbelievably supportive of my writing. I truly appreciate all they do for writers.

B. Who?

C. Are cute. But I only read The New York Times Sunday Book Review and literary journals.

6. The last book I read for pleasure was…

A. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

B. Who has time to read for pleasure?

C. I’m rereading all the books that have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.


Mostly As: Congratulations! You are well aware of what this job requires and should become an author. Welcome to our community!

Mostly Bs: Perhaps being an author isn’t the right career path for you. You should speak to other writers or take a class to better understand the realities of the profession and what will be expected of you.

Mostly Cs: We wish you all the best with your literary career but the women’s fiction/chick lit genre might not be the best place for your talent. We have way too much fun for the likes of you.


Susie Orman Schnall is the author of the award-winning novel On Grace, named one of Kirkus Best Indie Books of 2014, and The Balance Project. She is the founder of The Balance Project – a popular interview series about the tragically glorified “doing it all” craze. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Times of India, The Nest, Mind Body Green, and Westchester Magazine, among others. Susie lives in New York with her husband and their three boys.


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