Self-Published Canadian Author Soars to #1 with his First Novel

Canadian author Matthew Mather reaches #1 on Amazon science fiction within a month of self-publishing his first novel, Atopia Chronicles; over 30,000 copies in three weeks

MONTREAL, Aug. 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian author Matthew Mather is the newest star in the self-publishing arena, reaching #1 on Amazon science fiction and over 30,000 copies of his series shipped within three weeks of the release of his first book, Atopia Chronicles. This is the first in a series of novels that explore our near future world as it balances on the brink of eco-Armageddon, and is available for a limited time at 50% off on Amazon.

"I'm amazed at the response. I've been getting emails from people all over the world," says author Matthew Mather. "I think the reason is that this is really a book about human beings, about love and relationships, at the same time as being a future techno-thriller."

Mr. Mather is also notable for winning the $2M "Best New Videogame in Canada" contest, run by Telefilm in 2007, for the MindHabits game that was translated into a dozen languages and sold worldwide. He's also a successful serial entrepreneur, founder of one of the world's first multi-sensory interface companies, Immersion, that became the world leader in its field. He started his career at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines.

Independent writing has soared in popularity over the last few years, with companies like Amazon, Kobo, Sony and Apple all providing a medium for self-published authors to reach the main stage without the need to go through the arduous process of gaining literary agents and contracts with traditional publishing houses. Electronic books now outsell physical books by margins of two to one.

Self-published writers like Amanda Hocking, B.V. Larson and Hugh Howey have all succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of any publishing house, with novels like 50 Shades of Grey, the Star Force series and Wool. Often, it's easy to forget that independent writing has a long and illustrious career, including such legendary writers as Edgar Allen Poe, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Beatrix Potter and Rudyard Kipling.

The Atopia Chronicles are an exploration of the meaning of love, life and the pursuit of happiness in a world teetering on the brink of eco-Armageddon. What could be worse than letting billions die? In the future, be careful what you wish for. The link to the novel is below:

About Matthew Mather
Matthew Mather started his career at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines, founded one of the world's first tactile feedback companies, and won the $2M award for "Best New Videogame in Canada" in 2007. He's worked professionally in computational nanotechnology, weather prediction systems, genomics and cybersecurity. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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