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I've finished my novel

I’m not going to start every post saying: “I haven’t blogged for a while because I’ve been [insert wildly exciting activity here]”, but I’ve been waiting until I had something to say. (Those who know me in real life are laughing loudly: if only I spoke when I actually had something to say).

So, it’s taken almost two years but I’ve done it. I’ve finished my book. It’s a novel and it’s called Lookalikes. It’s about six lookalikes you see. 

It’s not going to trouble the Booker longlists but I wasn’t aiming for that. I’ve finished and whittled it down to 86,000 words. I will never sneer at anyone else’s book again, no matter how rubbish it is. Writing books is hard. 

I started mine in August 2013. I write pretty much every day (I’d say five days out of seven, minimum). I started off with 500 words a day, found it was too much and reduced it to 250. Nothing, right? True, but then I kept on going. Doing that amount (and usually no more: it taps into my OCD) every day. The first draft took 13 months. The second (editing 700 words a day) took six the third (rattling through it), two. I write in the mornings. 

It’s my second novel.  My first is called The Last Splash and it’s set in a newspaper. Both are what you would call dark comedies (I love that term as it means when no-one laughs you can say that’s because it’s “dark”). It’s like insurance. 

So now I need a literary agent. Self-publishing doesn’t interest me right now.  If you’re an agent, publisher or someone influential with lots of money, contact me. In return I will give you two books with potential and an author who can drum up publicity. My boyfriend draws cartoons cats for a living so we’ll even chuck in some of those.


Comments (5)

  1. Elfneh:
    May 04, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Hello! Kate. Congratulations and well done. I hope you will find people who can help you.

    After many years of procrastination, I have started drafting my first novel. As I have got a busy full time job, I can hardly write regularly; but I am determined to persist. Hearing such good news as yours boosts my motivation. Thank you for sharing your success story with us. Elfneh

  2. Kate Bohdanowicz:
    May 05, 2015 at 07:56 AM

    Hi Elfneh

    Thanks and good luck with your novel. Little and often is the way forward in my (unpublished) book.


  3. Elfneh:
    May 05, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Many thanks, Kate. Elfneh

  4. Alex B:
    May 20, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    I would really like to read your new novel. I had the privelage of reading one page of your last book and really enjoyed it. Do you intend to serialise it?

  5. Kate Bohdanowicz:
    May 21, 2015 at 08:57 AM

    Hi Alex B

    As you are my sister you might get a sneak preview. One page a year for the rest of our lives?


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