Can you say a word or two, Miss Snark, about the increased carving up of literary fiction into smaller genres. I've recently seen "soupcon de scifi," and "motorcycle fiction" and "hick lit" referred to in various writer's magazines.
I kinda like "hick lit". Would that be like Huckleberry Finn, ya think? Maybe Deliverence. Cause yanno, they gotta be called something catchy to separate them from all that other ...uh...lit.
This sounds like movie talk. Variety is famous for short descriptions of movie types. "Chix Pix Climb Stix" for date movies that are doing well in Dubuque kind of headline.
And I wouldn't pay much attention to writer's magazines as a source of information on the trade. In fact, I wouldn't pay much attention to them at all. Have you seen Lee Goldberg on the subject of Writers Digest.
I love that guy. He's exactly right.