My Gnome Attack Book Lands Mention in Reader's Digest; Good News Has Inspired Another Free Giveaway to Commenters

(Update: Notified winners are Tom F & Eliza C.
Congrats you two!)

In appreciation of the extreme good news that How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack got a nice mention in the Oct. 2010 Reader’s Digest (comes out today or tomorrow), I am doing another super-awesome, free giveaway.


To enter, just comment on this blog post. Two winners will be chosen at random to win a free, signed copy of all three of my books:

     1) How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack
     2) 2011 Guide to Literary Agents
     3) Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript.

(I must be able to mail the books to an address in the U.S., and you must include an e-mail so that I can contact you. Enter by EOD Sept. 18.)

  • Leave a comment, any comment, for one chance to win.

  • Leave a comment involving a gnome pun for two chances to win.

  • Leave a comment with some kind of link to your blog/site where you post good news/content about any of my books, and receive five chances to win.

Page 18 of the Oct. 2010 issue
of Reader’s Digest highlights
How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack
in the upper-left corner!

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52 thoughts on “My Gnome Attack Book Lands Mention in Reader's Digest; Good News Has Inspired Another Free Giveaway to Commenters

  1. Rosemary Lombard

    Oops–forgot the ID fields first time around.

    We gnomenate that despicable author of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack for the unenviable position of Most Wanted by the Secret Brotherhood of Garden Gnomes. We of keen gnomological minds will find him! He will find us gnomadic, not static, in all places at all times, our hatless guise and gnoms de guerre disguising our presence. Though through his gnosy, gnoisy book he has divulged a fraction of our secret strategy and gnomenclature, there is much to him not gnown. Does he expect gno gnome attack? By gnomes’ omens gnomniscient, he will fall before us!

    /s/ Gnorman, gnamed Secretary, Chapter Gno. 99,999
    Secret Brotherhood of Garden Gnomes
    Everywhere, Gnome-Man’s-Land

  2. Sora Ryu

    Congratulations on your book! Your blog has offered me so much guidance in submitting query letters and proposals that I just wanted to say a big thank you as well.

    I’ve never actually seen a gnome in real life. With your book in mind, I’ll be careful if I ever do see one. :)

  3. Michael Dabney

    Congratulations on the book. I will probably see you at an event on Saturday. But just remember, no matter how far and wide you travel, "There’s no place like Gnome."

  4. Katy Higgins

    If I read Chuck’s gTome "How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack"(with lots of gnomenclature about attack gnomes), I might may just develop a syngdrome called "Gnomeaphobia" and stay ghome with my doors locked.

    I wonder, Chuck, do you have a Gnome de Plume?

  5. Susan Spann

    There once was a lurking blog reader/who wrote comments so people could see her/but while on her way home/she was set on by gnomes/who took their best shot to delete her.

    The worst part is, during the attack, all I could think was "there’s no place like gnome."


  6. Darrelyn Saloom

    Hard to follow Anne Gallagher’s wonderful limerick. But how could I not leave a comment when your formatting book is now saving my life?

    I’m not entering to win since I guest blog for Jane Friedman and that wouldn’t be right. I just wanted say thanks. :)

  7. Gilliad Stern

    Haha, stumbled across this page from a Twitter link of one of my followers. This looks like it will become one of my constants during my work day. I also love the book title and am going to add it to my must read list.

    "Gnome Sweet Gnome."

  8. Jeremy

    Garden you glad that reader’s digest is helping people get to gnome you? wait wait. I can do better than that. How about: "You’re mention in Reader’s Digest just proves you’ve unlocked the genome of the Garden Gnome attack." Sigh. That’ll have to do. Sincerely, congratulations! I enjoy your blog and thank you for giving us all a laugh while educating us in avoiding deadly gnomenclature.

  9. Casey

    Your book sounds great, and I love your helpful advice. While I am not *gnomally* a big fan of lawn sculpture, I never realized my aversion might have more sinister *roots*.

    Also, if you have not already done so, you should check out the game Gnome Wars at Brigade Games. They obviously are taking the gnome threat very seriously, as well they should.

  10. Kate

    Every reference library should include a copy of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. The literary world has been inundated with references and survival guides when faced with zombies, vampires, werewolves, and even hooded, soul-sucking wraiths á la Harry Potter. But until now, no one has ventured to expose the potential invaders that lurk in our gardens and backyards. Kudos, Chuck, for being the first to provide these essential defense techniques.

    By the way, "to gnome me is to love me" :)

  11. Jo Lawler

    I believe this book may become the ultimate handbook of suburban outdoors men and women everywhere – there is sure to be an uprising, just as the cave men are fighting back for being maligned in commercials.

    So, will you be writing about how to survive a cave man attack next?

    Thanks a million!

  12. Christy King

    I read about your book in the October issue of Reader’s Digest and I must say that it is a must read for me. I am deathly afraid of gnomes and must know how to defend myself. Congrats on the inclusion and on your book.

  13. Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

    Congratulations on both the publication of your book and the nice spread in the Reader’s Digest! I would be out buying issues at every supermarket, discount store, and drug store if my book was so featured – then handing the copies out to all my friends, relatives, neighbors, and the lot.

    I have your book on my "must read" list because after all, I have a few gnomes of my own outside my home and thought it would be wise to prepare in the event of attack!

  14. Janet Boyer

    In noticed your Gnome book when compiling my New Releases page several weeks ago and told my Facebook friends about it (what a funny title–great Gnomenclature). I’m also a WD subscriber, so I’ve already read it; was happy to see the Gnome book mentioned!

  15. JK Willis

    Hello, Chuck. Congrats on your book. I love what you do with this site, and it is mandatory reading for me Monday through Friday. I have ordered this book. I’d like to paraphrase the famous muppet newscaster from my childhood Gary Gnu and say: "No Gnome is good gnome."