Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Writing Therapy

So, here it is. The long-awaited proof that I'm at last an ex-unpublished author. I feel a little speech approaching. So.... it's thanks to those awfully nice people at YouWriteOn.com and Legend Press for making such a good job of it. And it's thanks to Sarah for her help and forebearance during the (protracted) writing of it and to Jill Pepper, Richard Coles and Jeannette Ellwood for reading and commenting on early drafts and, oh... so many people! And it's out now (but not in the shops, unless you count Waterstones in Boston - no-one else knows who I am and they don't want customers confusing me with Kate). And in time for Christmas, too! The perfect gift for an incurable insomniac - and it makes a pleasant change from socks. Go on, you know you want to... And if/when you get bored with reading it you can always play a game of 'spot the literary references'. It's full of 'em; it's a book within a book, you see! In fact, I might even offer prizes for those who can collect them all. And last - but not least - 10% of the royalties go straight to the charity Young Minds.
Find out more about the book by clicking on the title of this post!

46 comments:

  1. Wow, what an achievement! Congrats to you.

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  2. can't wait to get my mitts on it. very well done to you. er - can you get it on amazon?

    xxxxx

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  3. Let me offer you my heartiest congratulations. Well done!

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  4. CONGRATULATIONS!!! And a big sloppy kiss. I'm waiting for a reject slip for a short story...
    Anyhow, I will be buying your book.
    SXXX

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  5. Briliant...fantastic achievement. Charlie, et al will be so proud in years to come...

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  6. Gosh - Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading this for several reasons.

    I'm sure giving birth for the first time is the hardest, and I hope you are walking again soon.

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  7. Thanks, NSM and, yes, it is available on Amazon (although they're quoting a ridiculous length of time for getting it - I'd try the Book Depository, Jenny: just click the link on the right).
    Thank you, Troy! It's a strange feeling seeing years of hard work 'make it' into the big bad world. Hope it's treated gently!
    Aw, thanks Scarlett. I was actually about to compile a J.K.Rowling length book full of my rejection slips until not one, but TWO offers arrived within a month of each other (and not the ones you have to pay for, either!) so don't give up.
    Maybe, NB, but at present all he wants to do is chew it. Mind you, it's not just my book that he chews.
    Hope you're not disappointed, BT. At present any inability to walk is due to over-celebrating!

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  8. Well done dear boy! I keep meaning to put pen to paper - my life in the cathedral close might makena bit of money! (Oh and that's the first nappy I've ever changed!)

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  9. Well done you!! Wow how have you had the time?! superdad x

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  10. I'll be your ghost-writer, CB1!

    Well, it's taken over five years, Halo - that's part of the answer. And early mornings with a new baby help!

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  11. Heartiest congratulations - good on you, sir!

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  12. Congratulations, hope you celebrate well tonight!

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  13. Thanks Z, Steve and Suburbia. Celebrations have been rather long drawn out - there's been acceptance, contracts, proofs and now publication and we've still got the launch to go! So tonight we put the Christmas tree up instead!

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  14. Well done! What a wonderful Christmas present to become a published author. I'll definitely be getting a copy, it sounds fascinating.

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  16. A wonderful achievement! The film rights are next?

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  17. Congratulations, it is a wonderfuly satisfying read.

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  18. Congrats! I'll have to check it out!

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  19. Thank you, NVG - I hope it is!

    Well, they said Tristram Shandy was unfilmable until they made a film of it. Robert, so who knows?

    You're too kind, DJ!

    Thanks, Swile. You can read chapter one of the Writing Therapy blog (click the title of this post) if you want a taster!

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  20. Well done, well done!! What a brilliant achievement... will buy it pronto and read it! Oh, and love the advent calendar in previous post... (Santa bursting for a pee?)

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  21. Congrats from Provo.

    You must be a SuperDad with time making abilities to have been able to do that.

    Glad at least two publishers knew they were on to something. The others don't know what they are missing out on.

    Wishing we could crack open a bottle with you, so you'll have to keep celebrating until the next time we're there!

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  22. Hey, well done, what an achievement! I will be looking out for it here.

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  23. Congratulations! I look forward to reading it.

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  24. Congratulations! Great achievement.

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  25. Sounds like a great idea, Nat. When are you coming over?
    And thanks for your good wishes CW, WM & Mal. You can hear last night's interview now, too! It's on the sidebar, should you be feeling masochistic.

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  26. Oh wow, it's actually A Novel, congratulations young man! Can I buy one? No, seriously, I love literary references, and anything with more than 12 levels of meaning. I live no where near Boston.

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  27. Fear not, Mr Dilo. The Book Depository will send it post-free to anywhere in the world!

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  28. great job on your interview. Just finished listening to it.

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  29. Although I have just chanced upon your blog today for the first time, congrats to you! Very well done.

    Greetings from London.

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  30. Hearty congrats! You put all us would-be novelists to shame!

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  31. The edit made me sound almost fluent, Caroline!

    Welcome, Cuban in London. And thank you.

    If I can, DD, anyone can - honest!

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  32. This "The Book Depository" place (seemingly not the place from where Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK, as I'd originally assumed) says it closed for maintainance, so I can't order one :-(

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  33. Tim, I am so proud of you - and I don't even know you (although I feel like I do). Will be buying a copy.


    Congratulations!

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  34. It's back up and running now, Gadjo. There's a direct link of the Writing Therapy blog!

    I know what you mean, FF. This blogging-business can be quite intimate, can't it!?

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  35. Read the TES article and will be back for more when Christmas dies down...."gratulationes" as the Romans used to say....

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  36. Congratulations! I am delighted for you - I read your opening chapter on YouWriteOn and am fascinated to know how it progresses, and concludes. Most envious of you having your words in print - thanks for your pointers on my blog!

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  37. Wow that is so exciting. Congratulations on all your hard work, and I will be adding it to my to read list. Brilliant. :D

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  38. Good for you, now you know what it's like to give birth.....;-)
    Am sure you're very proud of your new baby. Many congrats. I hope I can get hold of it out here in Albania.

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  39. Good for you, now you know what it's like to give birth.....;-)
    Am sure you're very proud of your new baby. Many congrats. I hope I can get hold of it out here in Albania.

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  40. Yay - have just discovered this belatedly, but after DJ Kirby's review on Amazon, I've just ordered a copy. Can't wait to get it :-D

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  41. Delighted,AMA - hope you enjoy reading it!

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