Something different today, Gentle Reader!
A little while ago I released the Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture to my newsletter, the Chirrup. And then quietly posted it online for preorder.
Since I was already working on getting The Enforcer Enigma published, I was pretty quiet about this.
Anyway so here it is, officially coming out into the world.
Preorder digital from you vendor of choice!
Or buy directly from me:
Will there be PRINT? YES! Where is it?
Will there be AUDIO? YES! Where is it?
Here’s the listing description:
- Tired of the hero’s journey?
- Frustrated that funny, romantic, and comforting stories aren’t taken seriously?
- Sad that the books and movies you love never seem to be critically acclaimed, even when they sell like crazy?
Multiple New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a clear, concise analysis of the heroine’s journey, how it differs from the hero’s journey, and how you can use it to improve your writing and your life.
In this book you’ll learn:
- How to spot the heroine’s journey in popular books, movies, and the world around you.
- The source myths and basic characters, tropes, and archetypes of this narrative.
- A step-by-step break down of how to successfully write this journey.
- What do Agatha Christie, JK Rowling, and Nora Roberts all have in common?
They all write the heroine’s journey. Read this book to learn all about it.
From Harry Potter to Twilight, from Wonder Woman to Star Wars, you’ll never look at pop culture the same way again.
With over a dozen NYT and USA Today bestsellers, and over a million books in print, popular genre author and former archaeologist Gail Carriger brings her cheeky comedic tone and over a decade of making her living as a fiction author to this fascinating look at one of the most popular yet neglected narratives of our time. The presentation she does on this subject sells for hundreds of dollars.
“I’m not sure how you can just rewire my brain to see the heroine’s journey like this and then expect me to make coherent, thought-out comments about the text when all I want to do is hold it in my twisted little grip while I shove it at people screaming like a madman and pointing at passages.”
~ Author Beta Reader
Gail Carriger uses the heroine’s journey to produce bestselling, critically-acclaimed books that genre blend science fiction, cozy mystery, young adult, urban fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and alternate history. In this non-fiction book she uses her academic background and creative writing skills to bring to life the archetypes, tropes, story beats, themes, and messages inherent in the heroine’s journey. Part treatise on authorship, part feminist literary criticism, part how to write guide, Carriger uses mythology, legend, and Gothic victorian 19th century literature to explore movies, screenwriting, books, and audience desires.
This is an excellent reference guide for genre fiction authors seeking to improve their craft or for readers and pop culture enthusiasts interested in understanding their own taste. It is the perfect counterpoint to The Hero with a Thousand Faces not to mention Save the Cat, Women Who Run With The Wolves, and The Breakout Novelist.
Here’s the working back cover copy for the eventual print edition:
What is the heroine’s journey? How is it different from the hero’s journey? What makes Harry Potter different from Star Wars? Twilight from Wonder Woman?
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gail Carriger uses her comedic style to explore the mythological foundation of one of the most joyful and powerful narrative structures we have access to as storytellers. She teaches you to identify, write, and utilize the heroine’s journey to recover from writer’s block.
FIX YOUR STORY
Explore hidden messages. Learn hacks and tips to improve your writing and make it more commercially viable. Gain insight into under-studied story arcs, tropes, characters, archetypes, and modern market desires.
CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Guaranteed to make you look at plot structure in books, video games, movies, and TV differently for the rest of your life.
Take control of narrative while redefining notions of strength and identity. This book will change how you write, read, watch, interact, and think about genre fiction and the world around you.
I’ll talk more in an upcoming blog post about how we came up with this cover. It was a fun and fascinating process.
And finally here are some early pull quotes from my first readers.
“The first book on writing structure that’s ever truly resonated for me and made sense of the way my favorite stories work. I’ve thought back to this book so many times since reading it, and I know I’ll be reading it again!”
~ Stephanie Burgis
Author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart
“A lot of educators are going to be very interested in this. The heroine’s journey narrative structure aligns with positive parenting and the anti-bullying programs’ goals and techniques. Their preferred stories emphasize team building and non violent conflict resolution. Understanding that this is a long standing historical and culturally relevant narrative structure will help them find more stories that resonate with their programs, and help defend the programs from more patriarchal critics. ”
~ Janis Wright
“Okay, look…I’m not sure how you can just rewire my brain to see the heorine’s jouney like this and then expect me to make coherent, thought-out comments about the text when all I want to do is hold it in my twisted little grip while I shove it at people screaming like a madman and pointing at passages, but I guess that’s what I’m going to do. ”
~ Author Beta Reader
“I knew that my stories didn’t neatly fit the mold of the Hero’s Journey, but it wasn’t until I read this excellent resource on the Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger that I finally understood why. Now I understand not only how to reliably write in this form, but also how to better position my stories for readers and agents. ”
~ Ethan Freckleton
Author & Host of The Fearless Storyteller podcast
Righty’o, that’s all for now!
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BOOK DE JOUR!
The Enforcer Enigma, third the in San Andreas Shifters series.
A werewolf without rank or hope and an enforcer who has lived too long go up against the selkie mob.
- The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers & Fans of Pop Culture (non-fiction)
- Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.
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“Overall this is a must read for fans of the Parasol Protectorate universe. I would especially recommend this if you enjoyed Major Channing as a character in those books and would like to learn more about him. Carriger writes wonderful steampunk romance that is full of quirky humor and is an absolute joy to read. I can’t wait for more books in this series!”
Quote to Sip
AB: A town in Oregon has voted to name a park “Exploding Whale Park.”
Gail: Have we learned nothing from Boaty McBoatface?
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