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

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

  1. lisa

    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).

  2. Kristin

    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.

  3. Dorothyanne Brown

    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!

  4. Suzanne Morris

    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."

  5. Sharon S.

    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.

  6. Janet Hartman

    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.

  7. Judy Dean

    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.

  8. Cheryl Clements

    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!

  9. Jacqueline Seewald

    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

  10. Carol Stephen

    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…

  11. Linda Hofke

    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!

  12. William Speakes

    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.

  13. Canadian Book Lady (Elizabeth)

    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!

  14. Julie

    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! :)

  15. T. H. Rathke

    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.

  16. Aisley Crosse

    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!

  17. Jameson

    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.

  18. Jason Haas

    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!).

  19. Honor MacDonald

    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. :-)

  20. Teresa Fisher

    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.

  21. Nikki Foster

    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).