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

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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, please forgive my little bit of self-promotion here and know that the book makes an excellent holiday gift purchase for a friend or loved one, especially those into gardening.

After the holiday season comes and goes, and then we see how the release of the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet (Feb. 2011) affects sales, it will be interesting to see if success comes in little waves. I will do a full analysis of the first 6 months when the time comes. This week celebrates the three-month anniversary of the release of Gnomes.

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If you haven't nabbed a copy of GNOMES
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Coverage & Interviews:

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Poetry Prompt

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Dr. Munish Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido: Entertainment and Outrage

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