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!).