A (Somewhat Vague) Guide to Becoming a (Moderately) Successful Young Indie Author
by Adam Quinn
Remember how your English teacher/critique partner/friendly neighborhood author always told you that the hardest part of a literary work to write was the introduction? Well, the same holds true for blog posts. Luckily, a picture is worth a thousand words, so a picture of my cat looking smug while holding a Wii remote is certainly worth a well-thought-out introduction. However, I’m sure that what you really want is for me to write about being a young indie author. About being a young indie author. Okay, I promise I won’t do that again.
To start off, let’s break that title down into two parts – young author, and indie author. I don’t presume to give the secret formula for being a young author, but three things that helped me with both to some degree were:
- A Contact
- A Writer/Critique Partner
- Being a dispassionate, socio-agnostic hermit
- Write a literary work of the same genre that you will ask your Critique Partner Candidate (henceforth referred to as CPC) to critique, should they pass the test. It should be 1-2 sheets of paper long. This does not have to be high quality work.
- Do not edit your work.
- Intentionally add a small mistake to your work, such as a missing word or a punctuation mistake.
- Do not edit your work!
- Ask your CPC to read and critique this short story. Remember that this is not your finest work, and it has never been edited, so it should be sloppy. You can preface your request with this information if it helps your ego.