First, all the work that can't be seen on my desk:
Emails sent: 1600
Emails received: 3047
Reader messages and comments: 191
Interviews: 31 (27 English, 1 Italian, 2 Dutch, 1 Montenegrin)
Articles written: 45 (18 for other people, 27 for my blog)
Instagram photos posted: 365
People I’ve worked with, including editors, publicists, designers, copy editors, international editors, agents, event organisers, booksellers, my coworking colleagues, and one very helpful accountant: 103
Research visits to archives, libraries, museums (and a car factory!): 15
Writing events attended (as a writer): 12
Writing events attended (as a reader): 14
Hours of travel: 119 (partly because I keep going by train)
Then, what's left on my desk at the end of it all...
Editions of HOUSE published: 23
Books read: 68
Notebooks used up: 5
Pens run out: 16 (surprisingly low - thanks Mitsubishi-Uniball!)
Pages deleted: 125
Pages written: 297
(Net pages written: 172, or about two-thirds of a draft of a book)
And that’s a wrap! To celebrate, I'd love to give away some of those books on the desk to my readers. To be entered to win a signed copy of The House at the Edge of Night in a language of your choice, just go over to my Instagram account (www.instagram.com/catherinebanner), like this photo and tag a friend in the comments. Or, if you prefer, comment below on this post. I'll pick out ten winners at the end of October. Thank you all for following this project right to the very end. You are what made it worthwhile.
And don't worry, I'll still be posting behind-the-scenes writing photos on Instagram, which has become my favourite bookish community over this year. If this project has persuaded me of anything, it's that the everyday graft of a writer's year can be just as interesting as the exciting moments, in the end.