IndieView with Ian Strangway, author of Quarter Aged

What came easily? Did you hire a professional editor? Following the hilarious and addictive misadventures of Gord and his friends, Quarter Aged combines rambling introspection, laser tag, and toxic relationships while asking the dreaded question, “now what?” Written for an ADD generation who skips to the good part of a 52 second YouTube video, Quarter Aged has brief chapters because we know you’ll be checking your phone every two minutes anyways. Any novel published by a press (large or small) will have an editor read through your work. Doesn’t matter where I am, who I’m with, or if I’m wearing pants. I had written my story and it was clocking in at around 200 pages. Something about the mechanical cacophony is soothing. If I’m writing at home I’ll deliberately run the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer – sometimes on repeat – in the background. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? When did you start writing the book? Short of that, people who like humor, I guess. Where did you get the idea from? End of Interview:
For more from Ian, visit his website or follow him on Twitter. Fearing existential fueled depression, Gord turns to his friends who aren’t doing any better. Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Almost two years ago now. Get your copy of   Quarter Aged from Amazon US and Amazon UK. Professional. It’s a guerilla marketing strategy that would make Don Draper proud. Even self-published, your writing needs to be able to stand side by side with work that has had a professional’s stamp of approval. Does that make me a horrible person? I was rewriting and editing to the point that it felt like I was banging my head against a wall. The idea of working a nine-to-five job until the day he dies terrifies him, but unemployment and eventual death scare him even more. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? With the help of a red headed sex addict, a semi-famous author who can’t stop the characters in his head from harassing him, and a pregnancy faking ex-girlfriend, Gord realizes his friends really aren’t doing much better. My fingers were blistered by the time I finished. Any novel published by a press (large or small) will have an editor read through your work. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Working with a professional editor is essential for self-publishing. Finally I decided to sit down and start something else. Fortunately, authors love to write about their past experiences and there are lots of blogs out there from other Indie authors that are a great resource. I like continuous background noise. Joseph Heller’s non-linear structure in Catch-22 had a huge influence. For screenwriting outlining is essential. I tend to read through what I wrote the day before and clean up typos/grammar here and there but the major edit doesn’t happen until the very end. Absolutely. Editing, rewriting, and tweaking until my eyes bled took forever. Yes. I try to spend at least 35-40 hours a week writing. Landlord pays for electricity so… let’s hope they’re not reading this. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Douglas Coupland’s Generation X showed me you really can have a novel about nothing but a group of people figuring their shit out. Do you have a target reader? Ian Strangway – 14 January 2018
The Back Flap
Gord is having a quarter-life crisis. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Do you outline? Without the weird food cravings, extra pounds, mood swings, and other joys of pregnancy. Quarter Aged is about a hopeless twenty-something, named Gord, who is having a quarter-life crisis. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Or at least I do. The length, the subject matter, the target audience – it’s not the type of novel you see on shelves from a debut author. The real characters will recognize the fictitious ones. With the help of a narcissist who says little and does even less, a semi-famous author who can’t stop the characters in his head from harassing him, and a pregnancy faking ex-girlfriend, Gord realizes his friends suck at life too and feels much better about himself. Make time. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? It took me awhile to accept the novel was done, regardless of length, and stop struggling with adding pages for the sake of it. Length. Gord wonders if everyone else is just as clueless as he is. Everything about it is non-traditional. About the book
What is the book about? Dialogue. The type of person who orders a low fat non-dairy venti Pumpkin Spice Latte on a Sunday afternoon and spends the day, rain or shine, sitting at the beach staring out into the ocean asking themselves if this is all there is while knitting tiny sweaters for animal shelter kittens. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? If there’s a story I need to tell, sometimes it’s easier to get everything on to the page and sift through scenes and nail down the structure after the fact. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? The idea of working a nine-to-five job until the day he dies terrifies him, but unemployment and eventual death scare him even more. I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but… people kind of do. Actually… it was nothing like pregnancy. If I was a Big 5 publisher I wouldn’t take it on without proven success. I’m selling out early here). All said and done, the process took around a year. Do you listen to music while you write? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I binge wrote an early draft of Quarter Aged in under two weeks. Writing it was the easy part. Being an Indie author, you have to do everything: marketing, web design, social media, editing, graphic design, formatting, licensing, registration, accounting – it’s a lot of work beyond the page and it takes time to learn. Working with a professional editor is essential for self-publishing. Depends entirely on the project. There are these preconceived expectations placed on how many pages we expect a novel to be. Even self-published, your writing needs to be able to stand side by side with work that has had a professional’s stamp of approval. This particular project is better suited as an independent release. My friends and family have also been instrumental in getting this far and I couldn’t do it without all their support, criticism, and skepticism (but mostly support). It was like I didn’t know I was pregnant, except it was a novel I didn’t realize I had in me. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I was actually working on another novel at the time. Oh, I have a plan. The plot was complete, the characters had finished their journey, and there was nothing more to say. If so can you please describe it? It involves a swimsuit calendar of yours truly (I wish that was a joke. It’s just too weird and too risky. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? No. How long did it take you to write it?