Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I know, I suck, but you know what? I’m okay with that.

Anyone who tells you that writing a book is hard is a liar. It’s not hard. Not when you compare it to everything else you have to do after you write the book. When you look at the big picture, you learn quickly that writing the book is the easiest part of the entire process.

Here’s a run down.

Step 1: Write the book
Step 2: Edit the book
Step 3: Revise the book
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3
Step 5: Repeat step 4
Step 6: Get Beta readers
Step 6a: Tie your hands to your legs, that way you won’t rip out your hair with anxiety wondering what the beta’s think.
Step 7: Repeat step 5 as per Beta feed back
Step 8: Read the book
Step 8a: If satisfied, go to step 9. If not, please go back to step 2 and start again. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
Step 9: Hire an editor
Step 10: See step 2
Step 11: Repeat step 10 with your editor until your satisfied or you run out of money.
Step 12: Get a cover
Step 13: If going traditional, start querying. If going indie-style, skip to step 14.
Step 14: Format your book for all formats you plan to publish too
Step 15: Publish your book.
Step 16: Market, Get Reviews, Promote, Promote, Promote. (Note: don’t over promote, people will get annoyed with you) Actually, you should’ve started this earlier, but will put it here for the sake of my sanity.

Then if your Canadian, you have to play a game with Amazon, Smashwords, and the IRS to get the 30% tax withholding, otherwise you pay the IRS 30%, then Revenue Canada 30%, congrats, you get 40%. #goodwork. I’m not going to describe the process, I’ve linked to sites before that can help you with that, you just have to find the posts :). I will say its 5 months of work and waiting…mostly waiting. Have fun.

So as you can see, I’ve been kind of busy, but that’s a good thing. In less than 2 weeks, Exiled is going to be on digital shelves, and hopefully being devoured by all of you, your family, and your friends, and people you don’t know, because your all so awesome you will spread the word of awesomeness right! Right….please right?

July 1st used to be Canada Day but now has been replaced as Exiled Day! So get Ready….get Set….Go Ninja…er, something like that. So pick up your e-copy! If your a reviewer interested in reviewing it, hit….this button to e-mail me! If your a physical copy kinda person, that’s cool too, but you have to wait. The paperback will be available shortly after the e-book, but I will still have to go through the process of approving proofs and whatnot, hopefully August 1st…I’m not really sure how long the process takes at all, so please know that date is VERY tentative.

That’s my news for now. I’ll be starting to edit Shift, book 2 in The Protector series on July 2nd, and I am very, very eager to get to it. I haven’t looked at the book in a month. That was my goal, but I didn’t really think I could pull it off. I have trouble staying away from my work. But I did. YA ME!

Sorry this blog post was so spotty and all over the place. I thought I’d give you a peak inside my head for 10 minutes. If you made it this far, congratulations. You’ve just contacted a rare disease called Mattatopia. It makes you feel fuzzy, cold, and sometimes you’ll curse at random strangers. Welcome to the insanity that is my world right now. Do not fear, this feeling will fade in 14 – 60 days after the release of my book.


  1. I want to LOL this blog, but I'm afraid I'll seem insensitive. ;D

    Been there, done that (except the Cananda part), feel your pain, Brother. Hang in there — it's well worth the turmoil, trust me!!! =D

  2. This fuzzy, cold feeling and my propensity to cuss is YOUR fault. Huh. Here, I thought it was because I was reading about querying agents. *tries unsuccessfully to hide hyperventilation* Dang, Matt… I feel for you. This beast that we are trying to tame is ruthless. Hang in there! (Mostly because I need someone close by to catch me when I pass out. LOL!)

  3. I *just* started my first round of revisions, and I'm early in the manuscript. It's a helluva lot harder than writing it – and I thought writing it was rather difficult at the time!

  4. Daez: it's not insensitive, when someone else other than me has to deal with this I'll laugh at them too lol.

    Carissa: it's only my fault here on out, everything before this I take nonresponsibility for!

    Paul: it does seem the hardest of tasks at first, in 6 months you'll miss just writing, and creating an awesome story, instead of reviewing the se thig a dozen times, but as you push through the editing, see it with a cover and professional edit, it's all very much worth while!

  5. The spelling errors in the previous comment are not my fault. I blame 50% of it on Matttaopia, and the rest on my iPhone. Just sayin.

  6. Angeline and I have chatted about how HARD this whole writing thing is, and how nobody really talks about how hard it is. I love that you're acknowledging some of this! 🙂

  7. Thanks! I'm hoping to do a more indepth analysis of the process later, when my head isn't everywhere and nowhere at the same time, but I'm nervous.

    I'm just new to all this, so the post has to be directed at just my experiences. I don't want anyone to take what I'm saying too literally as it's different for all of us. I am in no way an expert who should be dishing out advice….unless it's about cereal. And awesomeness. I'm pretty much a pro at both of those lol.

  8. I'm just now getting to that point where I'll be publishing my book. Emailed some editors (snagged one for a price that didn't kill me) emailed cover artists. Once those are done then it's off to figure out exactly everything I need to include to publish (copyright, ISBN, formatting and more stuff I know little about.) Eeep! This is turning scary.

    On the bright side, I can not wait for your book!

  9. Thanks Patricia! It's an exciting time and I can't wait for you to read it :). I'm still dealing with the ISBN thing…I didn't want to deal with learning how to do another thing and having to pay for it lol, then when I decideded to suck it up and get it done, I found out they're free in Canada.

    You're getting close! I'm excited for you. I think you'll be really impressed when you start seeing the pages your editor sends you. Even if they're not major changes, just grammar or a few word choices, maybe even just rearranging the words you wrote, the flow can be so greatly improved. When I started seeing those pages from my editor I was so excited. She wasn't tearing apart my book, just polishing it!

    As far as formatting, don't let it stress you out. I was freaking out about it, really nervous to start it, but once I did and I did a little research on it, I found it was quite simple actually. Don't let all the hype and frustration of some other people fool you, if you take a few hours and search how to format it, you'll be surprsied how non-difficult it actually is. You just have to invest the time into learning it. 🙂

  10. Hahahaha! Cereal and awesomeness – so true! I know, I feel the same way. I want to end every blog post with “….But seriously, I don't know what the hell I'm talking about, so you should probably disregard all of the above.”

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