Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2020 Starts Monday!

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John ScalziEvery year as the holiday season begins I run a gift guide for the holidays, and over the years it’s been quite successful: Lots of people have found out about excellent books and crafts and charities and what have you, making for excellent gift-giving opportunities during the holiday season. I’ve decided to do it again this year.

So: Starting Monday, November 30, the Whatever Holiday Gift Guide returns! If you’re a writer or other creator, this will be an excellent time to promote your work on a site which gets tens of thousands of viewers daily, almost all of whom will be interested in stuff for the holidays. If you’re someone looking to give gifts, you’ll see lots of excellent ideas. And you’ll also have a day to suggest stuff from other folks too. Everybody wins!

To give you all time to prepare, here’s the schedule of what will be promoted on which days:

Monday, November 30: Traditionally Published Authors — If your work is being published by a publisher a) who is not you and b) gets your books into actual, physical bookstores on a returnable basis, this is your day to tell people about your books. This includes comics/graphic novels and audiobooks.

Tuesday, December 1: Non-Traditionally Published Authors — Self-published? Electronically published? Or other? This is your day. This also includes comics/graphic novels and audiobooks.

Wednesday, December 2: Other Creators — Artists, knitters, jewelers, musicians, and anyone who has cool stuff to sell this holiday season, this will be the day to show off your creations.

Thursday, December 3: Fan Favorite Day — Not an author/artist/musician/other creator but know about some really cool stuff you think people will want to know about for the holidays? Share! Share with the crowd!

Friday, December 4: Charities — If you are involved in a charity, or have a favorite charity you’d like to let people know about, this is the day to do it.

If you have questions about how all of this will work, go ahead and ask them in the comment thread (Don’t start promoting your stuff today — it’s not time yet), although I will note that specific instructions for each day will appear on that day. Don’t worry, it’ll be pretty easy. Thanks and feel free to share this post with creative folks who will have things to sell this holiday season.

— JS

9 Comments on “Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2020 Starts Monday!”

  1. Sounds like fun for me. I am an Indie writer. I would love to get my book mentioned on your Holiday Gift Guide. How do I get started?

    The name of the book is Flying with Dad, and I can provide a wonderful review from Midwest Book Reviews and professional photos.


    Yvonne K. Caputo

  2. I’m keen to see the work of hobbyist artists & crafters who, because of COVID, found themselves stuck at home, un- or underemployed, with time on their hands. There must be scads of people who’ve converted their pleasurable leisure-time activity into a source of income. Which: hurray!

  3. Hi there,
    This sounds fun. Love to spread the Aloha. The more the merrier. I am a printmaker currently living on Oahu. I have some Handprinted goodies great for holiday and housewarming gifts. I am interested in learning more about this promotion.

  4. Hi
    I am a hypnotherapist from Sydney Australia who does Skype sessions. I wondered if this would fit in the fan fav section? There may be a Scalzi who wants to email me for an offer

  5. Thanks so much for doing this every year. A lack of cons wiped out most of my income this year, and online marketing is hard!

    Can’t wait to see what everyone else posts, too!