What have I learned about books?

Six months ago I released my first novel, Loot (http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/Loot.html) and, being an unknown author, there was not much fanfare and so my expectations for the sales of my book were, I think, pragmatic. I hoped to sell lots of books but I was also prepared to slog it out promoting and selling copies, getting known to the public and all of the other things that writers must do to establish themselves with an audience of readers. Of course the process of producing Loot went back beyond six months ago. From the involved process of writing and polishing Loot, through the publishing process- nine long months- before I could even begin to try and succeed. Along the way I learned much. I learned about writing. About the publishing business. About constructing a book. And, about myself. I have learned that every book is a unique journey.

Loot has met with greater success than I had expected, but less than I hoped for (or dreamed of). Since it has been out it has sold steadily enough to be encouraging but not enough to make me a bestseller. Still, it is satisfying to know that I have sold some books! But, throughout all of this the only real disappointment is the lack of support for Loot here in Australia. In spite of all of my efforts the local media steadfastly ignore me and Loot and, apart from a few family and friends, I haven’t sold any copies here, even though Loot is essentially an Australian story. Meanwhile, half way across the world the sales tick over steadily and I am beginning to develop an international public profile whilst remaining unknown in the land where I live. For the moment at any rate, I am content with what I have achieved. For a look at Loot go to http://www.scribd.com/search?cat=redesign&q=loot&x=37&y=20 or else find it at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Loot-D-G-Mattichak-Jr/dp/1609117239/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1280541745&sr=1-1  (hopefully you’ll like it and buy it!).


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 http://www.scribd.com/dmattichak/shelf . 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 http://mountfranklinannualpagangathering.blogspot.com/ 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 amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=D G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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