My Agent and I Sold a Book!

I’ve kind of kept this news under wraps for a while but I recently got the OK from my editor to let the news out. My agent and I sold a book! In late 2009, we sold my humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, to Ten Speed Press, which is part of Crown, which is part of Random House. Here’s the cover-in-progress. It’s not finished yet, but you get the gist:

Very exciting! The contract is signed and my editor and I are in the wave of first edits right now. I was very lucky to land where I did. Although it’s being released by a company as huge as Random House, because the imprint Ten Speed is handling it, the book is getting love and personal attention. Bonus.

The book comes out on Sept. 21, 2010. If you know any relatives, friends or neighbors that either possess garden gnomes or live in the vicinity of gnomes, for God’s sake they need this book. While garden gnomes are thought to be symbols of merriment and good will, secretly they’re watching you and conspiring while pushing their little wheelbarrows. The book is a guide to assess if you’re in danger, fortify (gnome-proof) your home inside and out, and, if necessary, combat a gnome in close quarters with a variety of weapons.

Getting the book bought was a fun journey. I wrote the book proposal in May; I edited it in June-July with my agent, Sorche Fairbank; she sent it out in August; publishers expressed interest quickly; Ten Speed made a pre-empt offer in October, and we accepted. It was all very quick. I’ve already learned a lot through the process and continue to learn things, so I will pass on all sorts of cool info to you along this adventure.

So remember: Defend yourself when the garden warriors strike (and they will).

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39 thoughts on “My Agent and I Sold a Book!

  1. Maryann Miller

    Congratulations on the sale. I’m a sucker for a good humor book, so I will definitely put this on my Wish List. And I thank you for this blog where so much helpful info is passed along to writers. What a great asset this is.

  2. Donna Gambale

    I’m so excited for you, Chuck!!!! And Florence is right — couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. It must’ve been tough not shouting this from the rooftops immediately!

    I am nowhere in the vicinity of gnomes, but I’m totally buying the book anyway. Perhaps a copy each for home, the car, and the office. One can never be too prepared for the unexpected gnomic attack.

  3. Writer Abroad

    I could use this book. Ever since I moved to Switzerland, I started collecting these little gnomes even though I was never a "lawn art" person before. But they claim that gnomes originated in Switzerland so I just couldn’t help myself. Can’t wait to read the book. Looks hilarious.

  4. Florence

    Chuck: It could not have happened to a better guy. Congratulations!
    I will buy it the minute it hits the stands. Fabulous, is it not, to see the funnier side of life.Thanks for the many wonderful posts on your site. This is one of the most informative and helpful sites in our profession.

  5. Natalie Aguirre

    Congratulations. I don’t have a garden gnome but am looking forward to reading the book. And thanks for all the great info on your blog and the new contests this year.

  6. Marianne Elliott

    Congratulations Chuck! That’s fantastic news, although you have given me something to worry about when I visit the retirement town up the road where I generally get my groceries. That place is FULL of garden gnomes. Shudder. I better get a copy of your book ASAP.

  7. Jamie

    That is too funny. I wrote a flash fiction piece about a garden gnome attack that I sold to Strange publications for their 52 Stitches series in November. It comes out in late April. I’m sure yours is much more light-hearted than mine. Congratulations on a job well done. 10 Speed is a wonderful press.

  8. Mary Witzl

    There is a house just on the outskirts of Edinburgh with over THIRTY (30) garden gnomes in the front yard. I kid you not: you can clearly see all of them from the bus that runs from Dumfries to Edinburgh, and it is not a pretty site. They need your book badly!

    We had a blue plaster dog and a mini gnome left in our garage and we could hardly get rid of them fast enough. Because you never know.

  9. Kristan

    Congratulations!! Hey, keep us posted on the journey, will ya? And are you going to make your own query letter part of the successful queries series?

    (Also, I totally saw this on Amazon a couple weeks ago but didn’t say anything since you hadn’t yet. #goodsecretkeeper!)

    Seriously, props and congrats. I look forward to reading it! 😀

  10. Lori

    I love good news — and this is absolutely wonderful!
    Good for you. I’ve been enjoying this site immensely. Thanks for all the great content.
    I hope to be able to post something like this someday. 🙂


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