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Rae Story

Rae Story

Bristol, United Kingdom

Rae Story is a writer, blogger and, if she does say so herself, political essayist.

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Blogger, political and personal essayist, Rae Story has written for a diverse range of outlets, from Ms Magazine to Mumsnet, from The F Word to The Morning Star.

In her first polemical outing on the sex industry, Rae coined the term Whoreburbia, which no-one ever used, a part from one cheeky 'ain't the sex industry splendid?' upstart, and then only to subvert the meaning. An online frisson that no-one, even the main protagonists, paid any attention to. It seems likely that Russell Brand had released another of his seminal videos on the merits of vague, green tea fuelled Anarchopulism that day, and there simply wasn't time.

What concerns Rae, in essence, are the ways in which differing groups of people seek to legitimise the commercialisation of sex, sexuality, womanhood and relationships. It is what keeps her from going back to sleep at night after her early morning trip to the latrine, and she deems it high time these personal obsessions ought to be fictionalised.

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Success! DECADE has already sold 37 pre-orders , was pitched to 17 publishers , and is in discussions with publishers .

$10 In the Digital

22 readers

If you are my digital buddy and are willing to hiccup up a round tenner, you will get Nye's litany of bad wisdoms and stupid decisions delineated for you in the form of a 'digital copy'. I will write it, and someone more clever somewhere else with convert it into 0s + 1s. In fact, they are doing it right now. Show offs.

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$20 In the (paper) Flesh... Package

6 readers

If you are in my hard copy cohort and are willing to cough away a twenty, I will personally go and chop down a tree (not really) upon which I shall scribe Nye's part life (again, not really). In any case you will get a copy with which you can cuddle up in bed with, and probably have a good cry. You will also get a digital copy for reading on the bus.

1 copy + ebook included

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$25 With Love... Package

4 readers

As one day I will find myself becoming very busy and important, a signed personalised message from moi, on the inside of your hard copy, will likely become a useful investment on your part. By likely, I mean roughly in the ballpark of likelihood as seeing an articulate runner bean strolling into a library to ask for a copy of anything written by Paddy Ashdown.*

As previous, your real life copy comes accompanied with a digital version.

*I promise the novel shan't contain any more of these terrible please-like-me-I'm-quirky 'jokes'.

1 copy + ebook included

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$40 With Acknowledgement...Package

3 readers

We all love to be acknowledged. In this package you will get the signed copy, with the digital version, and your name lovingly inscribed into the 'with thanks to' page. I will also send platonic thumbs up to you, into the very ether.

1 copy + ebook included

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$45 A Tale for Two... Package

1 reader

What could be better this coming (urm, Shrove Tuesday?) than buying a book for a mate? In this package you will get two hard copies, signed, with added digital copies each. If your number two is your soon to be spouse, the book - once read or otherwise - can double as wedding confetti, if fed into a domestic shredder.

2 copies + ebook included

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$300 You're Über Awesome!!! Package 2

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Double the above, you will receive 8 hard copies, signed, with accompanying digital copies, an acknowledgment in the back of the book, your name implanted somewhere in the narrative **and** a special thank you letter, including otherwise secret information of the genesis of the story, the protagonists and background. With love, from Rae!

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“The glamour, the freedom, the verve… in prostitution? Hallucinations. I still walk around with them, like shreds from a slick fight film.” So says Nye, a failed aspirant, whose trajectory through harlotry is interspersed with dipsomania and decapodic nightmares, and a general wishful sense that life isn't properly going to start happening until a much later date.

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In 2000, Nye fell in to the chemist's back alley bathtub of prostitution. It was Newtown, Sydney,  and in the spirit of the laissez-faire, life and the locals had permitted the existence of a pink and dingy chocolate box brothel to light up the otherwise empty end of a long, cosmopolitan street. 

It was going to be an experience, like trying oysters, or marijuana, or going inter-railing. Another in a list of things for an insistently triumphant and curious 18 year old to do. 

But ten years have passed, and Nye is still incautiously operating her feet along the same washing line rope, dangled in among the back roads and basement flats of ten cities.  Still intermittent, still increasingly uncertain and still more or less 18. 

But no matter, because the clock isn't ticking, and it won't until Nye gives it her say so. Life, as ever, has yet to start. 


Nye tells the story of DECADE over ten years, in ten places, in ten sections. Nye also believes she can characterize her life using Aristotle's ten categories, but she relates to the theory neither methodically, passionately, nor well.

1.Sydney: Beginnings & at the brothel door.

Backpacking through New South Wales, Nye had intended to seek out work in Sydney, however her lack of ability to impress interviewers leaves her jobless, and running out of funds. At the end of a cosmopolitan street on which she stays - after the vintage clothes stores and chichi cocktail bars and ramshackle art galleries bereft of custom - is the brothel. Nye reasons that it is just one in a number of ways that imperfect people can seek out imperfect incomes. 

2. Auckland: Going, and falling for Crysalis. 

Nye forms a relationship with Chrysalis, a prostitute who travels from city brothel to city brothel, with one suitcase of designer shoes. Chrys impresses upon Nye the relative shoddiness of the Sydney brothel and tries to convince her to move to Auckland, where she is assured of a more grandiose prostitutional landscape. Though infused with self vaunting glamour, and sharp to a tee with men of money and status, Chrys is otherwise temperamental and manipulative - and Nye hopelessly craven and besotted. She buys both of their tickets. 

3.Cardiff: Coming to the wrong side of the tracks.

Some time later Nye travels to Cardiff, and for want of anything else to do or anywhere else to go, moves in to a small, beige and dingy brothel in an unedifying, poor district. However, the narcotic and boozy subterranean society leads her to burnout, and so she escapes to the east Wales countryside, with a view of leaving ‘the prostitution experience’ behind her. 

4.Bristol - Seeking legitimacy and higher learning.

Nye begins a University education with an enthused aplomb, however, like the sober dipsomaniac who forgets the tumult, she begins to obsess over the money and petty glory of prostitution. She joins a shift at a local brothel, run by the tight-ship running and pathologically dishonest Madam, Fondant. 

5.Los Angeles & Las Vegas - Running away and reading. 

Nye, during a University summer break, takes a lone holiday to LA. There she spends most of her time on Venice beach, reading Kundera and Self. Becoming bored, and fettered by loneliness, she takes the greyhound bus to Las Vegas, to try her luck ‘escorting’ on the desert strip.

6.Shanghai - Immersing into new world bohemias. 

She moves on her travels to China, to work briefly in an English language school in the buzzing district of the Bund. Whilst there, she discovers Fondant has been investigated and charged by the police for brothel keeping. 

7.Exeter - Half loving for money, half loving for Albert. 

Upon returning to England, Nye rents a mediocre apartment, and decides to set herself up as a local and, ultimately, disappointing ‘Courtesan’. She struggles with an alcohol problem, and oscillates between weeks of sobriety and drunkenness. Albert, a wealthy Russian, becomes her obsessive client who promises to Pretty Woman her away.

The last chapters I have left without synopsis to preserve the necessary secrecy of the final actions.

8.Geneva - Falling.

9.Bordeaux - Ending.

Epilogue - Here, there, everywhere. 



My potential audience consists of:

  1. Those interested in the sex industry novel or memoir.
  2. Those interested in prostitution as a topic of debate. Indeed the ‘sex industry movements’, are experiencing something of a moment, within the current Zeitgeist, politically and culturally. 
  3. Those interested in modern, urban, literary fiction and first person narratives.


  1. Twitter - I will campaign on the social media site, starting with my 1500 followers.
  2. Facebook - I will promote the book on my Facebook page, including seeking interest in the female', feminist and literary groups to which I subscribe.
  3. WordPress - I will promote the book on my own personal blog, which gets between 5000-20000 views per month.
  4. Medium - I will write a promotional article designed to widen potential backers.
  5. Reddit - I will post links on the popular link sharing site. 


Prostitution Narratives Spinifex Press 2016

A collection of stories and first hand accounts from women in the sex industry. 

Paid For W. W. Norton & Company 2015

An Irish bestseller, former prostitute Rachel Moran talks about her time in the industry and her political perspectives and reflections, from a radical feminist perspective. 

Pimp State Faber & Faber 2016

A researched 'sex industry critical polemic' making the case against the industry and the narratives that promote it. This is a straight political non fiction, but I have included it to demonstrate the increasing popularity of books relating to prostitution. 

Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self Spinifex Press 2013

By Ekis Ekman, a Swedish feminist regularly quoted for her work on the sex industry, this book draws on Marxist and feminist analysis to link prostitution with surrogacy. I have included this book, as 'Nye' picks up the book in the final chapters and is influenced, uncomfortably, by the arguments. 

Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd 2015 

A collection of feminist essays exploring the deficits of contemporary, pop feminism. Though this is a academic work, I have included it, because the experience of 'Nye' in the novel, is one of a liberal, contemporary feminist, who cleaves to an empowerment rhetoric, even as her life is 'spiraling' out of control. 

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  • Update #1 - Book Update! April 4, 2017

    Hi all,

    This is an update from my crowd-funder for 'Decade'

    As some of you may know, both the title and the cover of the …

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  • Anna Fisher
    on Jan. 5, 2017, 8:48 a.m.

    I couldn't see an option to order the printed version of the book.

  • Miep Obrien
    on Jan. 5, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

    You're a fine writer and you can do this.

  • Rae Story
    on Jan. 5, 2017, 9:04 a.m.

    Thank you Miep! Hi Anna, its the second option down, the $20 one?

  • Rebecca Mott
    on Jan. 5, 2017, 11:39 a.m.

    Hi there Rae. Thought I would support as much as I can, wish I could do more. I will moving to Devon very soon, and then we change the world, love Rebecca xxxxxxx

  • Rae Story
    on Jan. 5, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

    Thank you so much Rebecca! And I can't wait to finally meet! xxx

  • Jessica Sanders
    on Jan. 5, 2017, 2 p.m.

    just ordered! I can't wait to receive it! I admire your courage and beautiful writing and thank you for it!

  • Rae Story
    on Jan. 5, 2017, 2:17 p.m.

    Thank you Jessica for supporting the book! :)

  • Karla Mantilla
    on Jan. 5, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

    All power and love to you, sister! Keep writing--I know it's tough, but imagine us behind you and supporting you through the process.

  • Rae Story
    on Jan. 5, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

    Thank you so much Karla! I really appreciate all of the support!

  • Manu Schon
    on Jan. 6, 2017, 2:12 a.m.

    I am so looking forward. I love your writing. Solidarity, Sister!

  • Helen Saxby
    on Jan. 8, 2017, 11:23 a.m.

    Good luck with the project Rae, looking forward to the end result... (no pressure) ;-)

  • Rae Story
    on Jan. 8, 2017, 11:29 a.m.

    Thank you Helen! I've been enjoying writing it :)

  • Janice Williams
    on Jan. 9, 2017, 2:45 p.m.

    I'm a fellow feminazi and member of Nordic Model Now. Get writing Rae!

  • Camille Kimbro
    on Jan. 14, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

    This, and my other tip is in appreciation of the fabulous, intelligent, articulate, even scholarly pieces you published by Judith Bell.

    I mentioned to a friend of mine a while back something in the trans platform I disagreed with. I was immediately labeled as intolerant. She was a "safe" friend, so I haven't mentioned it to anyone else again.

    But my opinions aren't based on simply being the most progressive or the most tolerant. I have to be convinced of things. Like in 1989 when I had to take a Women's Studies class because it was the only one offered during a period I was free. I remember saying, "I'm not a feminist." Then there was, "Well, what is a feminst?" And by the time I finished my second class with the same teacher I was identifying as a "Radical French Feminist." All from the truth I found in and joy I felt from reading the fabulous original feminist source articles. Judith Bell's work stands in that tradition, and I am so impressed.

    I knew there was something LOGICAL in the trans platform argument I disagreed with. But I don't have the kind of life that allowed me to pull out all my old source material. Then bring it up to date. Then articulate the rebuttal. And even if I had thath kind of life, I never would have come up with the masterpiece Ms Bell has. This belongs in the next generation of feminist textbooks. Thank you for supporting this work.

    I wrote her earlier and I told her that I appreciated her work. There ain't no way I'm gonna do that on a public forum.

    So...that, too. I can't imagine taking the hits you and she have for these articles.

    Very truly yours,
    Camille Kimbro

  • Rae Story
    on Jan. 15, 2017, 10:37 a.m.

    Hi Camille, thank you, I'm glad you have enjoyed the writing from Judith at my platform and found it meaningful. I am happy to publish writing from different feminist perspectives if it is civil and respectful. Early on in the series we had some interesting and respectful conversations between feminists and trans women that were insightful, but sadly we have also experienced some abuse of a quiet horrific 'quality' including threats of violence against children in 'retribution' for the writing. But the respectful intelligent conversations spur me on because it is important that we can disagree and still respect each others feelings and humanity.

    Thank you very warmly for supporting my mine and Judith's writing and the blog and this book. To you and to everyone who has so far contributed,

    very warm regards


  • Rae Story
    on Jan. 21, 2017, 2:25 a.m.

    Hi Renee, thanks for ordering! xx

  • Maggie Lucas
    on Jan. 27, 2017, 12:47 a.m.

    Hi Rae, the second copy goes to my dear girl:
    Kristyn Purintun
    11a Market Terrace
    EX16 6LQ
    United Kingdom