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Gnome Attack Update: Holiday Sales, Mentions in Buffalo Spree & Denver Post, and an EPIC HOLIDAY BOOK GIVEAWAY

Categories: My Writing Life.
Winners picked: Brad, Linda, and Lori.
Thanks to all for the very, very kind
comments. Happy holidays!


First of all, let’s get right to my EPIC HOLIDAY BOOK GIVEAWAY. Comment on this post to win. In one week’s time, I’ll pick three winners at random. The grand-prize winner will receive all three of my books as a prize. That includes 1) The 2011 Guide to Literary Agents, 2) Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, and 3) How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. Must live in the continental US or Canada to win the grand prize. Prizes two and three are your choice of either a 2011 Guide to Literary Agents or a one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com. You do not have to tweet or spread the word to enter, but any sharing of news of this contest is appreciated. Good luck!

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

Holiday Bump in Sales:

Tracking my sales last week, I saw a bump in copies sold, but the book actually went down in Nielsen BookScan’s rankings of humor books. What this means is everything everywhere is up for the holidays — at least in the humor book department. This is good news during challenging times for bookstores. At least people are buying a lot of books for the holidays (and we should, too).

Coverage & Interviews:

  • Brittany Rochelle interviewed me over on The Write Stuff blog. Thank you, Brittany!

  • Buffalo Spree magazine included some very nice coverage of the book in their Holiday Shopping Guide issue (cover below).

  • The Denver Post wrote about my book, including it on a “Do-It-Yourselvers List of Home Books,” perhaps merely as comic relief on the list. No matter — I’m grateful!

  • The book got a small mention in the Nov. 21 issue of The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, though I cannot post the coverage here. Thanks to Krys Stefansky for that.

  • Get Booked, a book blog website, gave my book some nice attention this past week.

  • The book got listed on a Squidoo page that compiled good humor books put today.

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117 Responses to Gnome Attack Update: Holiday Sales, Mentions in Buffalo Spree & Denver Post, and an EPIC HOLIDAY BOOK GIVEAWAY

  1. Deb Cushman says:

    Love your blog & love garden gnomes even more!

  2. lisa says:

    I am on a winning streak, surely you don’t want to be the one responsible for it coming to an end? Last week I won a parking ticket and a free trip to district court. For Christmas I’m hoping to break into show business (aka sneak into the movies).

  3. Joel Peterson says:

    I’m hoping the holiday sales will boost my book "The Journey" up the rankings. So far I’m not seeing much growth…

  4. Kira says:

    :D sounds exciting. new books are always a +. yours sounds hilarious–have to look into it.

  5. I’m so glad I’m not the only one scared of lawn gnomes

  6. Nancy says:

    We’ve heard a lot about the "end of reading," but I’ve always loved books, especially as gifts. I’m glad to see I’m not alone.

  7. Rich Russell says:

    I really want the garden gnomes book! (They seem to be proliferating in my own neighborhood.)

  8. Kristin says:

    I’m glad that folks are buying/receiving books for the holidays. I just hope that those books aren’t the generic, discounted "gift books" that are given as the token intelligent gift a person receives. Or the coffee table book that no one dares open.

  9. Great post. Add me to the till, please! :-)

  10. Nicole Hume says:

    Thank you for this chance to Win!! Love the books!! Smiles =)

  11. Jessica says:

    This would be awesome! (and congrats on your book)

  12. Heather Weden says:

    Please enter me in the contest. I would love to win your books!

  13. Andy Collins says:

    Enter me in the contest please. Thank you!

  14. lexcade says:

    glad your book is doing so well! that’s exciting!

  15. Not sure what you want the comment to say, so here it is.

  16. Excellent contents! How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack is a very catchy title!

  17. Great idea .. interested in all the books!

  18. Sandy Frykholm says:

    Writing books AND a Gnome book! Can’t pass up that offer–sign me up.

  19. CD Cobb says:

    This is a wonderful idea! All three books are a necessity. Good luck to everyone!

  20. Jason Hoffman says:

    Nice book, I look forward to reading it! Your comments regarding buying books for the holidays really hit home, I’ll take your advice.

  21. Ha! Already have a copy of your book for my sister-in-law, who offers a home for unwanted gnomes. It’s quite terrifying there after dark as several of the gnomes look like they’ve lived rough for some time.
    Too bad it wasn’t possible to get it signed by you when I met you at EBWW. Thanks for all the information you share on your blogs, and please enter me in the contest!
    Have a great holiday!

  22. Jule Rowland says:

    Please enter me in your contest, and thanks so much! Your posts are always great, and I appreciate the advice and encouragement you offer the writing community. Books make great gifts! Check out my post about giving books as holiday gifts at http://scribesisters.blogspot.com/2010/12/writers-writeand-give-books.html
    Happy holidays!

  23. Great idea, books for the holiday. Would love to win the new literary agents book, haven’t had one in a long time.
    Thanks for the contest.

  24. Aspasia says:

    I always suspected those gnomes were up to no good…

  25. Please add my name to the pot. Thank you for this opportunity!

  26. Celia Alario says:

    I absolutely love contests! Though I love garden gnomes more. Seriously, thanks so much!

  27. Kewl!! I can’t wait to participate in this giveaway. . . maybe, just maybe I might win a prize!!

  28. Definately going to be looking up your book. Thank you for all of the excellent posts you’ve done over the past year. :) I greatly enjoyed them as a writer and as a reader.

  29. Madame Tut says:

    I’ve never won anything in my life, but I’ll comment anyway because I love your blog.

  30. Suzanne Morris says:

    So glad to hear of this contest. With Christmas, who has money to buy books for themselves. I am sad to say that this is actually the first time I have heard about your book. I am happy to say that I LOVE humorous stuff so I know I will like this book – if I win. If I don’t I will have to wait until the New Year. I hope I don’t need to wait. Thanks you for the newsletter that alerted me to this contest. "Have Happy Holidays" and a "Wonderful New Year."

  31. Lynne Cahill says:

    Thanks for keeping your sense of humor in the very crazy year.. And,what a present it would be to win this giveaway. Happy Holidays!!!!!!

  32. Sharon S. says:

    So glad to read that book sales are up overall. It is always so sad when another bookstore closes their doors forever. Books are the most popular gift in my circle of friends. We will do our part to keep the bookstores open in our community.

  33. Han Vance says:

    Definitely getting the garden book for my mom this christmas. if you’ve ever heard Chuck speak, you know he’s informative and a very funny guy.

  34. Brad Parks says:

    Please enter me to win! I’m getting ready to launch into an agent search, so the Guide to Literary Agents would be a great help!

  35. I laugh that you limit distribution of prizes to North America. I have sent my books to Britain and Australia, and the postage is indeed murder.

  36. Do the gnomes ever come from the garden to look through the window at you as you write?

  37. Bought five books as gifts so far, and two of them were the best kind: For my niece, age 11, who likes to write stories and, according to her teacher, writes two grades above her level. I hope this budding new writer in the family continues her writing.

  38. I love to get presents. I love to get things for free. Great idea. Thank you!

  39. Very cool books to win. I’ve heard only good things about the second one, ‘Formatting and Submitting your Manuscript’. Perfect for any author’s Christmas List!

  40. Sign me up – what a great giveaway to end the year with.
    Thanks, Chuck!

    Happy Holidays, too!

  41. Judy Dean says:

    No one exploited the holiday marketing plan better than A. A. Milne and his publishers. Pure genius – the 1st Winnie-the-Pooh story was printed in the newspaper on Christmas Eve 1925 and read that night on the radio. Additional stories were serialized over the next several months, generating a broad fanbase, with the collection of the stories in book form carefully planned for release just before Christmas 1926. If Milne were alive today, I’m sure he would have a a trend-setting website and a clever blog. In lieu of Milne, thank goodness we have Chuck Sambuchino. But Chuck, I wish you hadn’t posted the picture of the Buffalo Spree Holiday Shopping Guide 2010. Now I’ve just got to have those frog ornaments. And that’s my comment.

  42. MaryGrace Dansereau says:

    Count me in. Books rule!

  43. Aziza Bailey says:

    Great prizes for aspiring authors, I pray I win!

  44. Jennifer Harrison says:

    What a terrific prize for aspiring authors… I’ve got my fingers crossed!

  45. Penelope Stowell says:

    Your site is bookmarked as a favorite on my computer. There’s always something new to learn. Thanks for all you do for the writing community.

  46. I’d love to win your books. Thanks for the opportunity!

  47. Deb Marshall says:

    Thanks for all you’ve done this year and fantastic prize opportunity. Looking forward to what you bring us in the new! Happy Holidays!

  48. I’ve been meaning to buy your books (and will get at least one the old fashioned way if I don’t win!). What a great opportunity! Thank you.

  49. Excellent website!
    I must have your gnome book. My husband has been trying to get me to let them in the yard for years. Now, I have proof!
    When does the sequel, "Attack of the Gazing Balls" come out?

  50. Cool contest – count me in too. Thanks!

  51. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for entering me in to the giveaway and congrats on your book! We all need more humor in our lives! Cynthia

  52. Congrats on all the attention your book is getting–how wonderful! Also, thanks for the giveaway and enjoy your holiday. :)

  53. Lori says:

    Awesome gifts, I’m in!

  54. Hi Mr.Sambuchino! You do a great job with your newsletters every month. They’re very helpful, and I enjoy reading them. I’m delighted by the chance to win your book and others. Have a great holiday season!

  55. Linda Cacaci says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. Those are great books!
    Linda Cacaci

  56. Sharon A Putnam says:

    Please add my name to the hat! Thanks!

  57. I love reading your blog while I search for the right agent. It’s a great guide to learning the language. As for the Gnome Book, my neighbor’s gonna love it!

  58. Cheryl Clements says:

    As one poster commented, the book would be ideal tucked in a gift box with a gnome statue. Easter is at the end of April and anyone looking for a great gift idea, this would be it!

  59. Jacqueline Seewald says:

    What a generous gift! All of us who write appeciate these helpful books.
    I enjoy your blog and read it regularly. Still don’t have
    an agent so I’m paying close attention.

    Happy Holidays,

    Jacqueline Seewald
    STACY’S SONG–new YA novel
    TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS–now in large print from Thorndike

  60. Carol Stephen says:

    I am definitely in need of gnome news. As a poet, I was subject to a gnome poem attack and it is still in my collection under the title A Gnome in Rome… I guess I might need to translate it into Italian..

    So count me in dire need of books and gnome prevention…

  61. Linda Hofke says:

    I’m not eligible for the grand prize since I currently live in Germany, but I could really use this book. Not only do the people here love those weird garden gnomes, but we’ve got a short elderly neighbor who looks like one…help!

  62. Free stuff is good, but win or lose, the blog is a resource like no other. Thanks, Chuck!

  63. After surviving the attack last summer of not only garden gnomes but also some rogue flamingos, I am obviously in need of a copy of your book. Please consider me entered.

  64. Beth Cato says:

    This is indeed an epic giveaway.

  65. Sounds like an interesting read! I love gnomes.lol And the others sound like they are filled with great info.

  66. Nellie Sabin says:

    I’ve worked in publishing since 1977. Started out an editor in New York, went freelance, had two great kids, kept freelancing. But I need to update my contacts! Pick me pick me!

    Excellent marketing.

  67. Alyson C. says:

    I’d love to read a copy of Guide to Lit Agents. And congrats on the bump in sales!

  68. Ed L. says:

    I would like to readthe 2011 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS.

  69. Jeff Chen says:

    Congrats on the bump in book sales!

  70. I’m in. I’ve been wanting to get your books, so this is a great opportunity. Thanks.

  71. Kristin Barrett says:

    I have a gnome living under our Blue Spruce. I would love to know what to do in case he turns hostile! (Or any of the other books too)

  72. Brenna Braaten says:

    Thanks so much for this chance! I’ve been wanting to read this for some time.

  73. This prize would save me a lot of trips to the library when preparing queries. Please enter me in your contest!

  74. William Speakes says:

    I loved your book. It would make a great gift for my cousin’s birthday in early January. The other books, I would love to add to my collection. I could really use them as well. I am an aspiring writer, like so many others. I have two novels that I need an agent to represent me. I have tried submitting to publisher directly and they want to deal with agents. I understand this, but it still frustrates me.

  75. I have a wonderful used book shop in beautiful Kenora, ON. Unfortunately, Kenora is going through a very difficult time economically – most of its forest industry employers have shut down permanently, sending repercussive ripples through our small community. So, I am relying more and more on my skills as a writer to supplement my income. I’m just about at the point where I’m looking for an agent. Your book The 2011 Guide to Literary Agents has come highly recommended by a professional writer friend. Thank you for this show of Christmas spirit! It would be so fun to win a copy!

  76. Julie says:

    It’s always the little ones that can never be trusted. I just shudder to think of what he’s hiding under that red pointy hat. Awesome contest; I’d love to win! :)

  77. Gina Tomaine says:

    This would be awesome for me, trying to get my first book published now! (Nonfiction) It’s written, and it’s great, but I have no idea what I’m doing, to be honest….

  78. Christine says:

    Would LOVE LOVE LOVE the guide to literary agents…

  79. T. H. Rathke says:

    While one would gather some sort of usefulness from the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents and Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, the book How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack is vital to my survival. I am constantly daunted by a neighbor’s yard that features nearly 50 such gnomes and fear for my life. Hopefully this comment doesn’t get me committed. Please do not show it to my family.

  80. I’m glad to hear you had a bump! I worked in a bookstore for little over a year, and that’s when you can tell whether books will last or not — the holidays. People buy books that they liked for gifts for other people, so, if people are spreading the word that can only lead to more sales in the future!! I wish you the very best of luck!

  81. Jameson says:

    I was attacked by gnomes once. The only thing that saved me was running onto another lawn, where there happened to be a rival gang of gnomes. The two groups started fighting each other and I escaped. It was pure dumb luck that I survived. But you can’t rely on luck all the time so I think reading this book will better prepare me for my next encounter with murderous lawn gnomes.

  82. Lori Clark says:

    Books are my favorite gift. Actually — I prefer book gift cards. :)

    What do you do when your garden gnome starts talking to you??

  83. Andrea Asay says:

    This would be a great ‘gift’ for me this Christmas season! Hope I win. :)

  84. I love giving books as gifts. My garden gnome was stolen from my garden a few years ago – I need to learn how to defend myself!

  85. Tom Bentley says:

    Well, since I’m the author of the forthcoming "Counter-Attack: The Gnomes Dogpile on Chuck Sambuchino," I probably should be in the running to win those fine items.

  86. Bradley Ferguson says:

    A book about gnomes. Yes please.

  87. Tina Bean says:

    Congratulations on all of your success!
    I’d love to be the lucky recipient of your books!

  88. Oops–that last comment got my email address wrong.

  89. I’m doing my part to help the book business this holiday season!

  90. Appreciate the give-a-way. Please enter me in the drawing.

  91. Jason Haas says:

    As if writer’s didn’t have enough to worry about as it is! Sudden heart attacks, death by car wreck, electrocution via computer terminal, nuclear war, asteroid strike – all very real and dangerous possibilities adding to my already insurmountable paranoia, and you’re adding the threat of gnome attacks? I have all of the angles covered for these other potential plans of demise, but I have NO preparation whatsoever for the insidious nature of garden folk rising up in revolution! Please, help shelter the life of one of the world’s would-be authors – saving him from imminent peril – and pass along the tools to submit the very work that must be so carefully protected! Sign me up for the giveaway (I’ll be monitoring posts from my hidden bunker where I will remain until further informed of necessary gnome protection!).

  92. While the first two books mentioned will almost certainly be of more utility to me in the long run, I’d be fibbing if I didn’t admit that, if I am fortunate enough to win, I’ll almost certainly read the third title first. :-)

  93. Mark Collins says:

    Hoping for the big prize!

  94. The Denver Post does have an off-the-wall kind of humor. Blame it on the altitude! Please enter me in your contest as I can use all the help I can get and you have some great advice to share. Thanks and much holiday success.

  95. Your book sounds hilarious, and I would love to have a chance to win it (and the other books too).

  96. me please!what a fantastic giveaway

  97. LadyJai says:

    Cool Beans smothered in Awesomesauce! I’d love to be added to the entrants! Wish me luck!

  98. As a poet, who doesn’t use agents, to someone who just wrote a memoir, I’m now in need of an agent and hints on how to submit my new manuscript. I could use your help!

  99. Megan K. Bickel says:

    What a great contest! Thanks for the opportunity!

  100. Keri says:

    I always buy books for the holidays. One per every person getting a present – at least, that’s what I try to do!

    Also – Garden Gnomes? I love it.

  101. Emmy says:

    Contest, awesome! May end up buying a copy of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack if I don’t win. Those garden gnomes are sneaky little things…

  102. Jason says:

    I’m always a big fan of books as presents – both to give and receive. Consider me entered.

  103. Jessica Nelson says:

    What a great giveaway! I buy books for the holidays every year. :)

  104. This is an awesome contest! Please consider me entered. I’m an aspiring writer, so all those books would be helpful and a pleasure to read. Thanks! And congrats on all the publicity! Consider the link retweeted as well.

  105. Valerie Norris says:

    Your book is so funny! But I’ve gotta admit, I’m a little freaked out by little garden gnomes.

  106. Gary says:

    Nice giveaway…thanks for doing this. Add me to the entry list :)

  107. Yay, a contest! Add me to the list please.

  108. Wow, this IS epic!! Please enter me in the contest!

  109. J.M. Lacey says:

    Glad to hear the sales and publicity are going well for you. I just tweeted this post for you, too! Keep up the good work!


  110. Anne Gallagher says:

    Don’t forget to take video of your New Year’s gig! Count me in for the give away! I have some gnomes that need taking care of.

  111. Meradeth says:

    Please drop my name in the hat! Thanks!

  112. Great contest! I’d love to win all of those books,

  113. Teresa Rhyne says:

    Consider me entered! And I bought only books for Christmas gifts this year–your book included.

  114. Chantal says:

    I’d totally love to win those!!

  115. Becky Mushko says:

    Your book makes a perfect Christmas gift—it’s unlikely the recipient already has one. Plus tucking it inside a box with a garden gnome really makes a statement.

  116. Nikki Foster says:

    I definitely bought books this season! Got a chance to see a couple authors at a smaller press’ book launch and a few of them were very funny/intriguing. Must bring more cash to a launch next time, though, because I’d rather buy them off a local dealer’s table than through Chapters/Indigo (I’m in Canada).

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