It’s a lot. I still don’t feel ready to write about it.
But here’s the thing: I showed my manuscript to a publisher and they’ve offered me a book deal!
It’s going to be a book! It’s going to be in shops!
Nup. Still can’t get my head around it.
I was in the middle of a wedding rehearsal when I found out. It seemed wrong to shriek the news out across the church when I probably shouldn’t have been looking at my phone in the first place. When I got home, Christopher (who is now 14) had made a delicious lasagne, but had only just put it in the oven. He is an excellent cook, but sometimes struggles with the project-management side of things (it was 7:45pm). The younger children were hyper-hangry and fighting. I had a brief moment of joyful glee with my husband, before he had to sign in to two Zoom meetings at once (I don’t know how that works either).
It was only after I warmed up plates of lasagne for the kids, only after I got them ready for bed, only after I drove to McDonalds to pick up Matilda from her job, only after I gave her a driving lesson home, only after I got my own slice of lasagne from the oven and put it on a plate that I was able to grapple with the idea.
“Dammit.” I said, and dug around in the fridge drawer for a bottle of Prosecco that was on special at Liquorland the week before. I popped the cork and grimly poured myself a glass. Then I looked at the glass. It’s been almost five years. It’s been longer if you count the time writing for my blog. All of the snatched sessions writing in cafes and libraries and in the car (like I am right now). I try to summon up some kind of response. I’m going to be published.
Then my husband came out of his meetings and we watched an episode of Ted Lasso together.
The next day, I had a couple of people over and was berating myself as I company-cleaned for the first time in many months. I am not kind to myself in these situations. My internal monologue goes like this: “How did you let things get this bad?” “What is wrong with you?” “Look at that mess!” “You are a FAILURE!” But I stopped for a moment as I tipped out filthy mop water. I may be a domestic failure, but I DID just sell my novel!
Since then, I’ve managed to feel joy through other people’s reaction to the news. The idea of being published is like a small smiling thought, warming me from the inside. And now I’m telling you, and it feels like the biggest thing. Because you’re my reader community, my biggest supporters from the start. It’s too big. I don’t have words. I didn’t plan it, but it turns out today is my blog’s nine year anniversary! Thank you for everything. I would never have done it without your support.
I can’t WAIT to show you the novel!
Baaaaaaahhhhhhh! Katie!!!! You are amazing and wonderful and all your wonderful stories are going to be a book! Hurrah!! I want my copy!
Ohhhhhh Anna!!! I can’t wait! The job of breaking my novel into the Canadian Market will rest squarely on your shoulders 🤣😂. My brother and his wife live in Michigan, so perhaps they can cover some of the southern districts, but the rest is up to you! Do a ring around! Set up a phone tree!
I joke, but you do have such a special place in my heart. Thank you, Anna. Thank you for everything!
K, I’m on it! Does this mean I get to interview you on zoom to get notes for a blog post on Crazy Land!? Cause getting to chat with you would be so delicious!!
Really, Katie, so proud of my intrepid writer friend! 😘😘😘
Yes. Yes. All of the yes! That would be so much fun.
What amazingly wonderful news. Who is the publisher? I want to nag them to get it out soon!!!
Thank you, Jeff! It will be Affirm Press. They are SOOOO LOVELY! It’s looking like late 2022 or early 2023. We still have to do edits and then they work their publicity magic sending out advance copies and building buzz (imagine me nodding knowledgeably as I say this. In reality, I have no idea!).
My author name will be ‘Kate Solly’. There are too many ‘Moriarty’s in Australian fiction!
Any chance for an ARC? (*hair flip* I just learned what an advanced review/reading copy means) … *batting eyelashes* 😁
Look at you all ARC savvy! I would LOVE to hear your thoughts! I need to do another big edit before we’re done, then I’ll ask about ARCs.
Congratulations! You make me wonder if I could actually find the energy to dust off my manuscript again. The rest of this post 100% sounds like my life (especially the cleaning bit!). Well done ❤️
Thank you, Amanda! Yes, I think we have heaps in common. So many of your recent musings sound just like me. My novel is actually about a group of crocheters and there’s a domestic failure and a mystery blogger in the mix as well!
Thank you for your kind words, and for being one of my original blog friends!
Omg I can’t wait to read it!
This sounds so fun! I’m so looking forward to reading it and sharing it. My best friend lives in Saskatoon and loves to knit…close enough, right? I’ll be getting her a copy!
I think knitters would like it – even though one of my characters is deeply prejudiced against knitters! I CAN’T WAIT to share it with you!
Haha, love it. The battle of the needles! 😆
Yes! Apparently, “Knitters always take over”, so Meredith won’t allow them to join!
Funny! Well, watch out for those bossy knitters then! I’m ignorant of all this as domestically challenged in crafty sewing business… 🤪
Haha! Nah, Meredith’s extreme prejudice against knitters says more about Meredith than it does about knitters! Knitters are lovely! I’m not bigoted! Some of my best friends are knitters…
Excellent. Well, imperfect characters are more real, and more funny, so great!
We will have to figure out how to connect for a zoom chat sometime…should I send you my email in the comments here, or what would be best?
CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!🎉🎊🍾🎉🎊🎉🎊🌹🌹💃💃💃💃❤️❤️. You deserve this, you are such a good writer. 🌹🌹🌹
Thank you so much! “Again with the dancing lady”!
I am SO SO SO excited for you. I can’t wait to have a physical copy of your novel in my hands, and then buy 100 more to give to everyone I know as gifts! You write so well and have worked so hard and if you ever need a reminder of how amazing you are, you know who to call!
I definitely do! You’re the best xxxxxx
Congratulations dear Kate!!
So well deserved!
Congratulations Kate! Such exciting news! I can’t wait to buy it and read it!!!!!
Thank you, Aunty Mary! I can’t wait either! If you buy a copy, and Daniel buys a copy, does that count as ‘breaking into the US market’?
…and we ALL can’t wait to buy it!
I remember the chats we had about writing … somehow, I always saw your novels in print and in a very neat collection in a special folder on my ipad … now, I’ve just procured one with even more storage so … my 2c worth? Celebrate as much as you can – but no slacking off! Get the next book going please!
Oh! I remember chatting long into the night. I have already started work on my next novel. It helps to steady my nerves when I’m waiting to hear back from people. Having said that, the folks at Affirm are so attentive and prompt!
Congratulations! What an accomplishment! Everyone is a domestic failure – some just hide it better:(
Haha! Shove it in a basket! Shove the basket in the study!