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Gnome Attack Roundup: Analysis of the First Six Months (Part 4)

How to Survive aGarden Gnome Attack CONTINUATION OF MY SIX-MONTH ANALYSIS: Six months ago, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack was released into the wild. It has been an interesting, and … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Analysis of the First Six Months (Part 3)

How to Survive aGarden Gnome Attack CONTINUATION OF MY SIX-MONTH ANALYSIS: Almost six months ago, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack was released into the wild. It has been an interesting, … Read more

Gnome Attack Update: New York Times Mention, and "How to Gnome-Proof Your Office"

I set up a Google Alert for my name a while back. Google Alerts are wild. You never know what you’re going to find out there on the Internet. So I was … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Some Coverage, and Analysis of the First Six Months (Part II)

How to Survive aGarden Gnome Attack Coverage & Interviews: Fangoria, a magazine and site dedicated to news about horror and the strange, included GNOMES on a fright fiction roundup review. Book Nut—a … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Analysis of the First Six Months (Part 1)

Almost six months ago, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack was released into the wild. It has been an interesting, and sometimes incredible, six months. It’s my intention to do a … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: My Protest Has Little Effect on Gnomeo & Juliet Movie

25 million dollars. That’s how much Gnomeo & Juliet brought in over the weekend alone. I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking the same thing myself. I need to load my … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Gnomeo & Juliet Must Be Stopped

Not a day passes without some kind buddy or Facebook friend telling me about this movie, have I heard of it? — it’s called Gnomeo & Juliet. Yes, I have heard of … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Gnomeo & Juliet Approaches, Christmas Rush Ends

The Christmas mad rush is over and the dust is settling. My book did very well over the holidays and I still see tweets and Amazon reviews from people who got it … Read more

Gnome Attack Update: Boston.com Mention, and More

This is my last Gnome Book update before Christmas break. If you picked it up as a holiday gift, thank you! These first three months have been a blast and I have … Read more

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 kindcomments. Happy holidays! ——————— First of all, let’s get right to my EPIC HOLIDAY BOOK GIVEAWAY. Comment on this … Read more

Christmas Ideas for Writers & Book Lovers (Vol. 1)

My big message this holiday season has been simply to support writers and bookstores by buying new books as gifts and asking for new books as gifts for yourself. This is not … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Black Friday Bump Exists, Free Book Giveaway with New Interview, and More

I was curious as to how Black Friday and holiday shopping affects one’s sales and I definitely saw a little spike (according to Nielsen BookScan) and that was nice. On this note, … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Back to the Printer for 15K More, Amazon Ranking Hits 800s, and More

My bit of big news this week is simply that Ten Speed Press went back to the printer for 15,000 more copies of my book. The first printing was 35K and this … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Book Available as eBook, Ireland Gets Prepared, and More

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack is finally available in eBook form! This is very exciting. A word of caution though: Seeing as how the book is about 30% color photos … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: San Francisco Book Review, Hilarious Gnome Video, and More

As I write this, it is 6:30 a.m., and you should know that I am not a morning person. I’m getting set to be interviewed on Tom Dunne’s Newstalk radio show in … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Cincinnati Enquirer Piece, Guest Post For KidLit, and More

I was very fortunate this week to write a guest column for agent Mary Kole’s KidLit blog — one of the best agent blogs on the Internet. My post was addressing the … Read more

Gnome Attack News Roundup: Guest Blog for Rachelle Gardner, Mention in Cincinnati Magazine, and More

I guest blogged for literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s large writing blog, talking about how writers can write for both love and money at the same time. Meanwhile, check out this mention the … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Ireland Interview Forthcoming, Book Giveaway with FNC, and More

I got a call from a news program in Ireland this week! — asking for an interview. It was exciting to see that word of gnome attacks is getting over the pond. … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Books at Macy's & Lowes, Coverage, and Recording of Jane Friedman and I Sharing Tips

GNOMES will be sold in Macy’s, Lowes and Urban Outfitters! I just got this news yesterday and was very excited. Getting into any specialty markets is cause for celebration and stores like … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Gnomevicious Tweets, Top 10 BookScan, The Huffington Post, and More

Gnomevicious Tweets!! WELL WELL WELL, it appears my ultra-nemesis, the evil garden warrior known only as Gnomevicious, is tweeting now as of yesterday. I would suggest everyone follow him on Twitter just … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Interview with AOL, Creepy Cleaning Product, and a Hello from Tucson

Wonderful news of the week was that I was interviewed by AOL News (specifically, the “Weird News” department), and that interview has been flying through Facebook and Twitter, which is very cool. … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Book on B&N Halloween Endcap; I Speak to Cincinnati SCBWI and Indiana Library Folks

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Things with my gnome attack book continue to move along in wonderful and strange ways. The biggest news is that Barnes & Noble has placed in on their “Happy Halloween” endcap, which should run for several weeks.

Besides that, my speaking schedule is starting to ramp up in support of the book. Last Monday, I spoke to the Cincinnati SCBWI (kids writers and illustrators), a great group of people that meet at the Sharonville library on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Read more

Come Meet Me in Cincinnati: Books by the Banks, Joseph Beth, and the Kenton County Library (Erlanger, KY)

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It’s a busy fall to say the least and there are a lot of good writing events happening before the holidays land. (I’ve already blogged about how I will be in Tucson, AZ, Sept. 24-26.) If you live in the Greater Cincinnati area, think about popping by to one of the following events. Read more

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 … Read more

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