The first reviews of my latest book A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law are starting to come online and I am finding it all very exciting and enjoyable. My publisher sent me one as an attachment to an e-mail and I watched the download count with some trepidation as to what I would read about my book. What if they canned it? In the end I am very happy with the reviews that I have seen, my fears have been allayed. This is the part of writing books that is probably the most fun. Knowing that others have read and enjoyed your work even after parting with their hard earned cash is very gratifying. This is the part that makes the long hours, the late nights at the keyboard, all worthwhile. I can feel the buzz starting up around this book and I feel like it hasn’t been a waste of effort after all.
I imagine that most writers feel the same about their work. Plugging away alone with the computer it is easy to get lost in the work of composing a book and to lose sight of the intended audience for it. It must be easy to feel that your work is entirely fabulous when in fact you should have taken a step back to get a new perspective. For this reason it is reassuring that the reviews and book sales are all promising. It is more important than the notoriety or the (small amount of) money it is the confirmation that the work that you’ve slaved over does mean something to someone else. Without this nobody would ever write more than one book. Now I feel encouraged to go on writing again.
For those who are interested the review is at http://www.livingtraditions-magazine.com/ in the occult book review section.