Wednesday, August 03, 2011

For/From Indie Authors: Ty Hutchinson

My name is Ty Hutchinson and I'm from Hawaii. What does that mean? I don't need to tan. Most days I'm a writer at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. For you people not in the know, it's an advertising agency. Yes, I'm fully aware that it sounds like a law firm and that's why, depending on the situation, I'm also a lawyer. While advertising is a blast, I thought it would be fun to write a book. Guess what? It was. My first book, Chop Suey, is out now. It had my editor gasping, giggling and laughing so hard, she more than once choked on her drink. I hope you enjoy Darby as much as she did. 

My work has appeared in all the major advertising award shows and reported on in publications like Advertising Age, Creativity, Communication Arts and Archive. When I'm not building brands, you'll find me traveling the world, playing video games, eating, reading, exploring SF's Chinatown (to date I have six Shrimp Boy sightings) or hard at work writing thriller novels. 

  • Decide what kind of writer you want to be as soon as you can. Some people write because they love writing. They have no aspirations to make it their full time job nor do they care if they make a living from it. If this is you, no need to read anymore. Then there are writers who want to write all day long. They want writing to be their full time job. They want to make money. Think about that the next time you sit down to write. Do you want do this every day or only when the mood strikes.
  • Keep pushing yourself to be better. Learn from your favorite authors. If you don't read, you'll have a hard time writing. So keep on reading. You'll learn from those who are better than you and you'll see what's already been done. In the beginning, it'll be hard but it should be a fun hard. You'll most likely have a day job and other obligations. You'll have to sacrifice to write. That means less sleep and less play time. If you can't do this, you don't want it bad enough. Reread the first advice I gave.
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