One of the things that I would like to use this weblog to do is to share what is to me a completely new experience, the process of having a book published. I am sure that many people are already very familiar with the process of writing and I am sure that whilst the experience is unique for every author that there are also much that is common to everyone that picks up a pen to write. It is the process of taking what has been written and having it put into print that is difficult to fathom for every budding author. The first difficulty facing every writer is making an approach to potential publishers of a book. Many are discouraged by the constant rejection of their work by publishing houses and give up on their work simply because it is too hard to get moving. A lot of the fault lies with the publishers who tend neither to encourage new authors nor to be inclined to take risks with their output. My own experience was that my work was rejected consistently for almost ten years before I managed to get a publisher to take a serious look at my writing. Previously I was certain that the MSS that I had mailed to publishers had been mailed back to me without even being considered. My own breakthrough came from having a Literary Agent to represent me. I also learned that publishers are exacting in their demands for the formatting and presentation of proffered MSS and after I learned the ropes doors seemed to open for me that had been closed for many years. The first thing that every agent or publisher will require an author to do is to have their work edited. Even if you think that your work is perfect there will still be details that will require attention right up to the point at which the book is going into print. Essentially there are two kinds of editing that is done on new MSS. The first is a critique which is a general appraisal of the work, and the second is a line edit which goes over the MSS meticulously and corrects any errors in grammar, punctuation and general formatting. Most publishers require that a MSS has been at least given a critique before they will consider it and a Literary Agent will want this document in order to use it to pitch the book to publishers when selling the book. This part of the book production process can be quite costly with the price of a critique being around US$150 and for a line edit the price is usually set at a few cents per word making the cost of a 50,000 word novel to be around US$1000-$1500. Once a MSS is formatted and edited and has been accepted for publication there is a whole gamut of processes that must be gone through to prepare a book for publication. The publisher will undertake its own review of the MSS and then make any recommendations for further editing and it is at this point that all of the other details would go into the formatted MSS such as acknowledgements, dedications or illustrations. When all of these requirements have been met the publisher will finally formally accept the book for publication. Once a book has been accepted for publication various activities surrounding its production a put into effect. Cover designs and publicity material is all compiled whilst the book goes to be typeset into pages as it will appear in the final product. These processes are time consuming and involve many decisions on the part of the author before the book can be produced. The whole process is determined to take at least 15 weeks but can easily draw on for much longer and my publisher indicates that 30 weeks is not an unlikely length of time for a book to go to press from being accepted for publication.
Pyramidos- Self Initiation in the Aeon of Horus
Pyramidos is the latest book by DG Mattichak Jr. It is a detailed examination of one of the most important rituals in Aleister Crowley's unique system of ceremonial magick.
Pyramidos provides a comprehensive set of instructions for performing Ritual 671 and includes the complete text of many of the ceremonies that inspired it.
Pyramidos includes 15 illustrations and an extensive bibliography of references.
Leather Bound Limited Edition Pyramidos