How I Got Rich Off Publishers Weekly

This could be the start of something big!

I’m the first to admit everyone makes mistakes. Even me. Okay, especially me. But nothing prepared me for the online confusion that surrounded my big news last week.

A week ago Monday (on April 10) my book Confessions of a Band Geek Mom got a great review by Publishers Weekly. And by the way (quick sidebar), if you haven’t read my book by now, you need to do so pronto! Here’s a little of what Publishers Weekly had to say:

This laugh-out-loud funny parenting memoir from standup comedian Dymalski (The Vixen Chronicles) will keep readers entertained, whether they want children, have children, or want nothing to do with children…Full of hilarious and memorable moments and including chapters titled “The Art of Using Scissors (Blood and Gore, Part 1),” “Working Off Fat Season,” “Mom Jeans,” and “Excuse Me, I Volunteered for What?” Dymalski’s book will engage readers cover to cover.

What I look like if I were a cartoon

You can purchase this dazzling book as a hardcopy on Amazon or you can get it for your Kindle. Makes the perfect baby shower or Mother’s Day gift. So hop to it! Your mom is waiting for a good laugh! And if you just had a baby, you’re probably on the brink of losing your sense of humor, so Confessions of a Band Geek Mom will keep you from falling into that dismal abyss brought on by lack of sleep combined with the smell of Destin butt cream.

Now back to my story.

I found out about this review through a Google alert on my name. Happily I read the opinions of this brilliant literary reviewer and then tweeted it. Shortly after that I started getting emails from people asking me what I was going to do with all that money. Thinking these people were trying to be funny I volleyed back by saying I’d use it to teach texting teenagers the proper use of real words and that LMFAO is not an adjective to describe a YouTube video of cats playing ping-pong using pork chops as paddles.

And that’s when all hell broke loose.

I started getting emails from altruistic endeavors inquiring if I could find it in my heart to give to their humble causes. It was like being asked at Whole Foods if I wanted to donate my bag credit to charity…times a thousand. Even though I was immensely flattered that these people thought my book was destined to be a huge “Dave Barry-esque” best seller, I thought it was a little presumptuous of everyone to hit me up BEFORE I had the cash.

You mean I DON'T win a million dollars for a great Publishers Weekly review?

But then FINALLY someone I knew forwarded me an email in which the subject line read “Author/Comedian Wins PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE!” Holy cow, do they mean me?! Last I checked Ed McMahon never graced my front door with balloons and a gigantic check, which would’ve been really creepy since he died in 2009. Plus, I think he worked for American Family Publishers (not Publishers Clearing House)…and by the way, I didn’t win that either.

I quickly responded letting everyone know that there’d been a huge million-dollar mistake. I didn’t win any money I just received a wonderful review of my book. Not that I’m not grateful, but let’s face it, there’s a gargantuan difference the size of Donald Trump’s ego between Publishers Weekly and Publishers Clearing House.

Turns out when one of my kindhearted friends sent out a message from her smart phone about my review she mistyped “Publishers Weekly” in such a way that the autocorrect replaced it with “Publishers Clearing House.” She didn’t notice the error (because the fonts on those smart phones are so dang small) so when she launched this big news into cyberspace it procreated faster than horny hamsters on a hot day.

Nobody was more surprised than me to learn of my windfall, especially since I happen to be in debt up to my nose hairs and I’ve got two kids staring down college. Which leads me back to that buy-my-book thing. I may not have won Publishers Clearing House, but I did get a fabulous book review by Publishers Weekly. To me that’s just as valuable…um, except for the not winning any money part. Other than that they’re exactly the same.


Did you like this post? If so, please click on the banner below to vote for me as a Top Mommy Blogger on I don’t win anything except a higher search engine ranking, plus bragging rights to my kids that I’m not as dorky as they think. (Okay, well maybe I am that dorky, but at least I’ll be easier to find on the Web.)

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Stacy Dymalski is a stand-up comic who gave up the glamorous life of coach travel, smokey comedy clubs, and heckling drunks for the glamourous life of raising kids (who happen to be bigger hecklers than the drunks). This blog is her new stage.

And if you haven’t figured it out already, Stacy wrote a hilarious book called “Confessions of a Band Geek Mom,” which is available on and Kindle.

33 comments on How I Got Rich Off Publishers Weekly

    1. Thanks, Emily. Given that you’re a brand new mom I think you’ll really appreciate it. Trust me, it’s your future! And congrats on your first Mother’s Day (coming up soon) as a mom. I can’t wait to read your post about that!

  1. A review like that has just GOT to be worth some dough…eventually anyway. Your book is every bit as funny as Dave Barry’s and Erma Bombeck’s. This will help get the word out. I, for one, am very excited. (Not to hit you up for money, I SWEAR…really…)

    1. Thanks! I hope this review gives a little boost to book sales. Every little bit helps! And thanks for your comparison of my writing to that of Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck. I’m sure Dave and Erma (if she were still around, God rest her soul) would appreciate the compliment! 😉

    1. Thanks! I’m looking forward to you reading it, too! I think you’ll relate. At the very least you’ll get a good laugh at someone else’s expense. And really, aren’t those the best kinds of giggles?

    1. Hey, not winning $1M now just gives me something to look forward to later, right? I don’t want to shoot my wad all at once. Too much good news all at once will undoubtedly make me think danger is lurking around the corner. Because I’m just weird that way.

  2. Congrats on the great book review, though that may make you feel like you’ve won the lottery all the odd emails just sucks the fun right out of it ! Try to enjoy it anyway !

    1. Actually, all the odd emails simply renewed my belief that the Internet is a better gossip fence than anything my grandmother ever swapped stories over. Those odd emails didn’t suck the fun out of my good review, so much as made me step back and reflect, “Now that’s just crazy!”

    1. You know, I tried to pay the house payment once by letting Citibank feast their monolithic eyes on my good looks and dazzle them with my snappy repartee, and they were unimpressed to the tune of a $35 late charge. I’m here to tell you, they have no sense of humor.

    1. Absolutely! In fact, many of my readers are dads, grandfathers, and uncles. Turns out they buy the book for the female counterparts in their lives, but then end up reading the book BEFORE they give it to their intended recipients.

      In fact, one of the best reviews on the book’s Amazon page is by a dad. The fact that he’s also my brother is beside the point. Seriously, if you’re interested in what a dad had to say about the book read this Amazon review:

      Thanks for asking! Great question! (And thanks for checking out my blog. I really appreciate you taking the time to read it and comment.)

  3. Ordered your book last night on my Kindle (love the instant gratification) and couldn’t stop reading it! I love the beginning story about your adventure with your father, followed by what we really learn about our parents by the adventures that they offer us. Quite honestly, I prefer the simple times in life; they always produce more important lessons.

    Maybe this is a sign that the Publisher’s Clearing House is right around the corner ~ here’s hoping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Oh, Carol, when I got up this morning and saw your comment you absolutely made my day! What a glorious thing to wake up to! I really, really appreciate your kind comments and I love that you’re enjoying my book. Thank you so much for purchasing it and giving such great feedback.

      Once you’re done, if you’re so inclined, would you mind posting a review on the book’s Amazon page? A lot of people have read the book, but only three have posted reviews. I would love to get more comments like yours on the book’s Amazon page.

      Thanks again for being so supportive! I’m going to walk around all day today with this wonderful creative high because of you! 🙂

      1. Stacy… I will definitely write a review on the Amazon page, as well as write one on Goodreads. Are you a member of Goodreads? I have written several reviews on that site and and they are looked at quite frequently, so I’ll hit that target as well. I really need to update my books read, to read, and reading on the site.

        I’m leaving the computer to go read more of your book. It’s pulling me………. !!! 🙂

        1. Thanks, Carol! Yes, I’m a member of Goodreads. Just search on my name or the book’s name and you’ll find the book. I would love for you to post reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads. Thank you so very much!

          1. Will do! I’m still reading, as there’s a lot going on with the yard-work and all. So far, your book rocks! I have laughed out loud (having been there and done that), been inspired, and have been swayed to rethink my stand on personal involvement… let’s just say modify my stand. Great job Stacy!

  4. Stacy, I love the creative lengths you will go to as you try to shake the news of your the 7 figure winning.
    However, I still need that loan we spoke about. The future is all about Alpaca!

    1. Dear Jude,
      This week it’s alpacas, last week it was breeding albino alligators. When you finally settle on something reasonable, like mass-producing Vietnamese flea circuses, let me know. Maybe by then I’ll have more than 72 cents left over at the end of the month and then we can talk.

  5. Offer to ‘donate’ a copy of your book to each of the people asking for money in exchange for the minimal contribution of $15 to your kid’s college fund and a ‘like’ on your Facebook page! What a great win-win, eh?

    1. Annette, you’re brilliant! Can I hire you as my marketing mentor? And if you can figure out a way to include girls spa weekends in there as a business expensive then I’ll pay you double!

    1. Thank you so much, Leona! Yes, a published book with good reviews is fantastic and I appreciate it so much. Now if I can find a way to add the money element to those two things I’d have the Trifecta in publishing!

    1. Thanks, Linda! I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog and that it made you laugh. I have to admit for a nanosecond my heart stopped because I thought I might have won something, but then I quickly remembered that I never entered Publishers Clearing House or anything like that. So I just assumed I was being punked, cynic that I am. 😉

      And a HUGE thanks for reposting on your Accountability blog. That’s fantastic! You’re the best.

  6. I loved reading your book. I’m always reading serious self-help books and it was such a joy to sit down for a bit of light-hearted reading. I nice belly laugh, or two, were much appreciated also. Congratulations on the wonderful book review! And cheers to your future million dollar check!

    1. Thank you so much, Erika! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book and I really appreciate your kind comments. It means a lot to me when someone like you (a parent juggling family and career) connects with it because YOU are precisely to whom I was speaking when I wrote the book! I’m glad you could relate!

    1. Thanks! Even though I loved the great review for my book, I have to admit winning a million dollars in a sweepstakes would’ve been nice, too. Unfortunately, I’ve already spent that money I didn’t win. When will I learn!

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