Steps to Publication- part two: Going to Press

In my previous blog on this topic I covered the process of having a book published from the initial acceptance of the unprepared MSS to the point at which the publisher actually commits to going forward with producing a printed copy of the book as it will appear on the bookstores’ shelves. Before a book goes to print it passes through many people’s hands, each doing their part to get the book into the stores. First the publisher will almost certainly scrutinize the book to be sure that it is publishable material but once it has been accepted for printing it is certain to go ahead. Following this the publisher will appoint people to write a blurb for the book, another to design the covers and more to decide on the typeset and formatting of the printed book. At the completion of each stage the author is consulted and has to decide if the work is done to his satisfaction. In my own experience the work done by all of these people met or mostly exceeded my expectations and the results produced a very professional volume of my novella Loot. The blurb writer will want a snappy synopsis of the book so it is probably a good idea to spend some time composing one that you will like when you see it on the back cover of your book. Similarly, the cover artist will want some input into what ideas the author has for the cover design. This aspect of book design is something that many writers may not have given much thought to but the greater that the author’s input is into this part of the book the more likely it is that the cover will be evocative of the style and atmosphere in the book. The other very important job that goes into the preparation of the printed book is the typeset and formatting of the text which can make a book either easy of difficult to read. When the typeset is complete a copy, the galley proofs, will need to be inspected by the author to ensure that they are accurate and that he is satisfied with the work before the whole thing will be sent to a printer to be made into a book (or books).


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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