I think there are a few things wrong with this deck. First, like you said, it's trying to take on PPVP Kate, which arguably no one has done. Hubris aside, it ignores Chameleon's greatest power and weakness - naming its type on install. That only works for you if you have a way to repeatedly install it mid-run, otherwise every face-down card is a psi game that costs you two credits to play.
I have a similar deck I've been working on for a few months, to pretty good success. I'm not a great player, but so far this deck has only lost to egregious bad play on my part (specifically flatlines). The keystone of the deck is Personal Workshop, since it can hold your Chameleons until you know which subtype to name. It got it's name (Shotgun full of Bees) because dropping your Chameleons on PW feels like loading up a double-barrel shotgun. When you know which ICE subtype you need to break, Test Run is an ideal card to use to tutor up your next Chameleon. It costs 1 less than an SMC, can tutor from the stack or heap, and Chameleon's ability negates Test Run's downside.
Chameleon is a tough card to build around - it's one of the most efficient breakers in the game, but only if you build around its downsides. I have full faith that a Hayley Chameleon deck will win a real event soon, but I don't think The Novelist is that deck.