Steps to Publication

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.


About dgmattichakjr

D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through at G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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5 Responses to Steps to Publication

  1. The Sovereign Imagineer says:

    Great blog dgmattichakjr! Your novel “LOOT” sounds interesting! So, if I am reading your entry correctly, am I to assume that you are getting published!? If so how exciting! Let me know!

    • Thanks for the encouragement! I was wondering if anybody would actually read my blog. I am indeed publishing Loot- it is in the production process at the moment. I have seen the typescript proofs and I am currently waiting for the covers. I will certainly contact you when it comes out.

  2. The Rogue Imagineer says:

    How exciting! I love crime/thriller novels. Needless to say I will be buying your book.

    • Thanks again for your encouragement. Loot will be on sale through Amazon and Barnes and Nobel within the next couple of months and I am very very glad that you will buy it- I need to sell a few copies at least.

    • My novella Loot is finally on sale through amazon and as promised I am letting you know. Thanks for your support and I hope that you enjoy my first book. Hopefully there are many more to come.

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