Readers & A Shift In The Mattyverse

Readers & A Shift In The Mattyverse

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Protector Series, Publishing, Random, Writing | 23 comments

Okay, where do I start? I quit my job today, and am officially a full-time writer. I think at this point, what that really means is that I’m unemployed. So let me shamelessly self promote and say if you haven’t bought my books, you should. It will make me happy. And really, that’s what everything is about right; my happiness? Kidding. Only a little.

On to what I really want to talk about. Readers.

As the past few months have progressed, I’ve been getting messages via Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and even e-mail, from readers. Their messages include how much they loved one, or both of my books. How happy they are to find the series. And sometimes to demand book three. I think this is generally called fan mail, but I’m just a small town boy from Canada, so the idea that I get fan mail, even once, is…kind of out of the realm of what I ever thought could happen. Sure, you dream about this sort of thing, but when dreams start to become reality, your true reality kind of wavers and you start to wonder if you’re dreaming. I know that sounds confusion but in my head, it makes perfect sense.

I’ve been really drilling myself to finish the first draft of the third book (The title will be revealed on my blog later this week), and I’m impressed with the progress. Having decided to write full-time is in all honesty, the scariest decision I’ve ever made. Luckily for me, I have a wife who believes in me more than I believe in myself some days. But these letters and messages I get from readers of my books pushes me so hard. It makes me want to achieve something really great, each day, and I hope and Β and write and wish and work my butt off to put together what I want be a third installment you will absolutely love.

This blog post really, is just to say thank you. To all the writers, bloggers, and readers who support my work. Every time you recommend my book to someone, you are doing me a service that thank you just doesn’t quite cover, but what else can I do besides continue to write more books that you will hopefully devour, and let you know what it means to me.

Books are nothing without their readers, and you guys and girls make my day, every day, and I hope you know how much all this means to me. What you do for me touches my heart, and my soul, and rocks my world on a daily basis.


  1. *high five* I really admire you for taking the leap! The hard part is over– having the courage to commit 100% to your dream! Now you just have to keep writing great books! πŸ˜‰ No pressure!

    • Thanks J.J. Now I just have to live with that decision…or try to LOL. Seriously though, thank you. I am committing to this with all that I am!

  2. Go Matt! You can do this! πŸ™‚

    And, of course, I am always here to crack the whip at you, should you need a little extra encouragement.

    • I will be looking forward to it. Well, the extra encouragement, I could do without the whippings haha.

  3. I know the decision was a hard one, but to be able to do what truly makes you happy is amazing!! Your books are great and even though there are only two to compare it to I think you have gotten better with each. You seem like a very passionate writer and I for one am glad to be your fan!! Good luck and I will be there to support your future books!!!

    • Thank you so much, Danielle. Hearing words like that means a lot, and truly makes this dream worth reaching for!

  4. Yay! Matt! I know it's scary, but you have such amazing talent that there is no way you can't make this work.

    And, if it helps, I'll make the ultimate sacrifice and keep bugging you for book 3. No problem. But seriously, you also know that I'll plug whatever you write, not just because I love it and want you to write more, but because it's amazing stuff that more people need to read. I love sharing book love πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Shirley! It is scary…so, so scary, but I think I can make it happen.

      That will definitely help! I work best when I'm under pressure, so it's perfect.

  5. And I was even getting comfortable with my fluffy pillow to wait for book 3 tittle :'(

    OH MY GOD!!
    As you know already I didn't know how to react… but now that I've consulted with you I say…

    GOOD for you!!! >.< Good luck and simply keep up the hard work -from what little I've been able to stalk you I've seen/found out just how great your writing history/story is- I'm still dying dying dying to pick up that Exiled book I have just waiting for me to devour it... Okay, completely loosing the point over there…
    Anyway… I wish you the best, only the best, and nothing more than the best!!!!!!
    Remember to ENJOY ENJOY and ENJOY… πŸ™‚ Because… if you don't enjoy it…
    What was the point?

    Be happy!!

    Buena Suerte!!!! πŸ˜‰


  6. ooooh and Make sure to always stay alert from tigers!!! >,<

    • Bahaha. You can be damn sure I'll be avoiding the tigers.

  7. Go Matty! Now about that title reveal… *waits impatiently* πŸ˜‰

    • Hopefully tomorrow, if not, later this weekend!

  8. Yay! such an exciting (scary) change Mr. M πŸ™‚ Your writing is really amazing so I'm sure you are going to do extremely well!!

    Hope you don't mind more pestering for book 3 πŸ˜‰ can't wait for the title release.

    All the best, I am definitely a huge supporter of your books.

    x Sharon @ Obsession with Books

    • I don't mind in the slightest. In fact I welcome it! πŸ™‚

  9. Woo hoo! This is great news! I hope this means we'll see more books in the near'er future too. πŸ™‚
    I don't know if I told you but I recently bought copies of Exiled for several friends who are not a part of the blogging community (or online book community) & so far I have only heard good things! I will definitely do my best to support you!

    • Really? That's absolutely great news, Candace. Thank you so much for all your support!

      You can definitely expect more books, and less time in between. That's for sure!

  10. Awww Matty, you'll do awesome! I will continue to shamelessly promote your books because they're so awesome! *bounces around waiting for book 3*

    • You're so sweet, and do truly appreciate it. You won't have to wait too long now!

  11. Wow, Matt! Congratulations!!!! I know it's scary, but it's also living the dream! So proud of you! I hope to some day meet you on the “unemployed” side of things! Keep rocking the book world MattMan!!

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