Books Written by Me

WMD - A revision

22 March 2010 | Comments (0)

I am beginning to make progress with ‘WMD - a revision’, my project to republish and annotate my first novel.  Click on the link in the menu above if you are interested.  Each number represents a section of text.

It’s an odd project, to revisit a book that I wrote twenty years ago.  The writing is often very bad - it just is, there’s no two ways about it.  But that’s not why I’m revisiting this text (although it’s easy to forget this and get bogged down by the problems in the writing).  Is it possible to create a type of memoir through annotating this text?  Or is this a bit of self-indulgence, a kind of middle-aged silliness?  I don’t know.  Time and text will tell, I guess.  But it isn’t an easy project.  Examining the problems in this text is not going to make me rich or happy. 

If anyone out there lived in Vauxhall in the 1980s, in particular Vauxhall Gardens and Bonnington Square, and has photos or scannable mementos of any kind, please get in touch.  I’d love to be able to include your photos in WMD - a revision.  E-mail me at hello (at) katepullinger (dot) com.

Those January Blues

15 February 2010 | Comments (0)

(I’m copying this from my old blog to my new one as we prepare to launch the new website)

January has been tough so far, though compared to most of the world (Haiti, Pakistan, etc), these things are relative.  Lots of seasonal illness in my immediate family, kids too-sick-for-school lined up to take their place on the couch under the duvet.  And although I’ve been working hard since the beginning of the month, I still have that post-Christmas holiday sense of how did I get here/what is it I’m supposed to be doing/wouldn’t I rather be under that duvet?

I have, however, started to think about starting a new novel.  When I finished The Mistress of Nothing there was a big part of me that felt like it might be a good idea to never write another novel ever again.  That book was painful to write.  It took me so damned long.

But, as faithful readers of My Secret Blog know, I won a prize for it.  And, the downside of winning the prize is that, I’ll admit it now, it has encouraged me.  I am going to write another.

However, I may be some time.

The Mistress of Nothing on Book Depository

5 May 2009 | Comments (0)

‘The Mistress of Nothing’, which comes out in mid-July in the UK, October in Canada, is featured as one of 22 Editor’s Top Picks at The Book Depository.  It’s great to see it there, and I hope it stays there until the book is actually available to buy!!  Still, you can pre-order it, and there’s a countdown on the website - only 65 days to go!!!  Place your orders now!

The book is up on Amazon already too… so if you want to pre-order, please do!!

I don’t know that I’ve ever pre-ordered anything ever; my son pre-ordered the new Percy Jackson yesterday, but it comes out today, so that doesn’t really count.  The publicist from my UK publisher told me the other day that orders from bookshops are way down; according to her, the upside of this dire situation is that returns are way down as well - I guess if retailers don’t order the book in the first place, they don’t have to send it back when it doesn’t sell.  Returns:  bad.  Pre-orders:  good.

Oh the joys of book publishing.