We Wish You a Merry Christmas: Booklover Carols Part Four

Some of you have been reading this blog long enough to remember that each Christmas I “gift” you with new Booklover Carols. For those who hoped I would forget this tradition, my apologies. For those who crave more, you’ll find links to tongue-in-cheek carols from previous years at the end. 

This year we highlight the “publishing world” with a brand new duo.  “Borders, the Bookstore,” honors, well, you can figure that out from the title.  I find it ironic that just last year I honored the many independent bookstores that had closed.  Who will be next?

Manuscript is Coming to Town,” honors all my colleague who so often are stuck with December deadlines somewhere along the endless parade of finishing the book, receiving revision letters, receiving edits to go over, receiving copy edits to go over, and finally, receiving galleys.  Personally I’m working on edits due next week, so this one seems appropriate.

Without further introduction, 2011’s Booklover Carols. 

Borders, the bookstore
(sung to the tune of Frosty the Snowman)

Borders the bookstore
Was a jolly, happy place
With coffee to sip and pages to flip
And smiles on every face.
Borders the bookstore
Is a cautionary tale
If decisions come down from out of town
Even jolly bookstores fail.
There must have been some magic
In those aisles of books they say
‘Cause readers stood on line to buy
Them every single day.
Oh, Borders the bookstore
Was alive in time and space
But now it’s gone and Amazon
Has taken Borders place.
Thumpety thump thump
Thumpety thump thump
Sadly Borders goes
Thumpety thump thump
Thumpety thump thump
Sadly watch it close.


Manuscript is Coming to Town
(sung to the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.)
You’d better watch out
You’d better not cry
You’d better not pout
We’re telling you why
Manuscript is coming to town.
We made you a list
Checked it all twice
Parts of this book just
Will not suffice.
Manuscript is coming to town.
We see you when you’re sleeping
You should be wide awake
You’ll have success if you fix this mess
For everybody’s sake. 

Oh, you’d better watch out
So what if you’re peeved?
Who promised you sleep
On Christmas Eve?
Manuscript is coming to town.  

Booklover Carols Part One 

Booklover Carols Part Two

Booklover Carols Part Three



  1. Marna on December 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

    It’s not a funny scenario you paint, but Manuscript made me laugh. Hope your edits go smoothly and you’re sipping something by the tree soon! Merry Christmas.

    • Emilie Richards on December 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      I didn’t know these great responses were here. So some of you read my silly carols after all? You do know this encourages more next year?

  2. Debbie Hearne on December 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Love it! Thanks for sharing, now I have these tunes in my head!

  3. Leslie on December 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Loved #2, as you knew I would. (I sure hope I get a new bullwhip for Christmas. The old one is getting pretty worn out from flogging athors. *g*)

    (Explanatory note to everyone who doesn’t know me, just in case: It’s a JOKE! <– said in my best Craig Ferguson voice)

    • Emilie Richards on December 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      For the record, I’ve never heard of this Leslie Wainger before. Oh wait, could this be my editor?

  4. Casey on December 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I love your booklovers’ Christmas carols. Did you hear me singing along? You are so clever. Thanks for putting a smile on my face. With all the hectic rush of Christmas, I needed that!

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