Award-winning novelist and advertising copywriter Kameron Hurley's online rants, raves, and brutal eviscerations of media have been shared freely online for a decade. For the first time, the author collects her most recent essays here in a powerful, passionate compendium on craft, marketing and celebrity broken into five parts.
Created for beginning, intermediate, and mid-career writers, this novel-length collection opens with a section on basic craft and ends with advice for authors who find themselves becoming small-time internet celebrities later in their careers. Hurley's characteristic snark, tactical profanity, and personal anecdotes make each piece a standalone punch-in-the-gut, effectively dismantling the romantic view of writing and publishing. This no-nonsense guide tears down everything the media has told you about what it is to be a writer.
Essays on writing basics, from building fantastic worlds to tips on daily practice and the importance of persistence, make up the first part of the collection. In the second, Hurley tackles issues of representation in fiction, and advises writers on how to avoid the pitfalls of stereotypical constructions of race, gender, and sexuality. The third section, on writing and publishing life, gives tips on marketing and publicity tactics for authors, and how being a published author differs from being a writer. In the fourth, Hurley takes on media and celebrity, and how the dynamics of power change as authors gain greater readership and influence. The final section contains the Hugo Award winning essay, "We Have Always Fought."