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Gnome Attack Roundup: USA Today Mentions the Book, Facebook Opens Channels for Subsidiary Rights Sales

Categories: My Writing Life.

Every month I come across new writers who aren’t active on Twitter or Facebook. While I recognize that these things can be timesucks if you aren’t careful, there are benefits to being on these social sites. In addition to promoting your work and meeting people, you allow people to find you and contact you. A few months after Gnomes was released last year, I had an impressive Hollywood producer contact me through Facebook and inquire about film rights to the book. Though we didn’t end up going with that nice man, it did start the dominoes falling in terms of selling film rights, and a few months ago I signed with The Gotham Group, an entertainment management company that reps a lot of books to film.

Then, about six weeks ago, I received a Facebook message from an editor in Spain asking if any publisher had purchased Spanish rights to my book yet, and if not, could I put her in touch with the right people. (Score!) I also got a nice Facebook message a while back from a translator who is charge of translating my book into Italian for the Italian version of the book. All this came from just being available. (To clarify: We have not yet sold film rights, but we are close. Signing with Gotham simply gave us representation. And we have not yet sold Spanish rights but I am optimistic.)

Coverage & Interviews:

  • The big news this week was that USA Today mentioned my book. The mention came in a very gnome-danger-conscious article on Feb. 15 titled “Gnomes: cute garden dwellers or little villains?” To USA Today I say: “Well done with raising such an important debate!”

  • A personal blog called Crooked House showed some very cute children making faces at my book — and these are the types of coverage posts I love the most.

  • A website called Gaming with the Gnomies gave my book a nice review here.

  • A personal site called Writing in Platforms announced the release of Gnomeo & Juliet but then quickly urged people who were creeped out by gnomes to buy my book.

I hereby give the Pet Medal of Valor to
this pictured cat for slaying a drunk gnome.
(picture credit)

If you haven’t nabbed a copy of GNOMES
yet, grab one on Amazon!

Media requests & interviews: If you would like a free review copy of Gnomes
for an interview or roundup or any kind of mention, please contact me
at literaryagent(at)fwmedia.com(dot)com and I will send your information
to my publicist. Thanks!

More Gnome news: To see all the news & reviews & coverage of my book, click on “My Writing Life” at the end of this post.

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5 Responses to Gnome Attack Roundup: USA Today Mentions the Book, Facebook Opens Channels for Subsidiary Rights Sales

  1. Buffy Andrews says:

    Great stuff Chuck. I love stories like this. Gives us all hope. Way to go, kiddo!

  2. Lisa Lane says:

    HUGE congrats on all of your success … and thanks for the social networking advice!

    P.S. When are you going to write the sequel, WHAT DO TO WHEN LAWN JOCKEYS GO BAD?

  3. Mare says:

    Chuck: This is great news, congrats! I’m thrilled to see all the eyeballs your book is receiving. When I saw "Gnomeo & Juliet" was coming out, I had a feeling it would bode well for you! Cheers.

  4. Kristan says:

    LOL ok first of all, the kids making faces is ADORABLE!!

    Second, congrats on film rights!! Eee, that is so exciting!

    And third, yes, great advice, re: being available. If you don’t leave an open door, no one will walk through it.

  5. Oh Chuck, well done! I get a huge smile on my face every time I read about your progress with this gem of a book.

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