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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Book Wrecked

Lookie what I got in the mail!


Ooooh. Aaaaaah.

Yep, my massive, shiny, brand-spankin' compendium of holiday wreckage will be on shelves in just two short months!

Note that it isn't just Christmas wreckage, either. I also tackle Turkey day...


(Not to mention a little Halloween, New Year's and Hanukkah.)


Offer gift suggestions...

For people you "love."


Slip in a little sci-fi...

Hey, I gotta be me.


And of course offer lots and lots of "classic Christmas fun" like this:

 There's also a new and "improved" version of Night Before Christmas that's sure to become an instant family classic. Assuming you're really warped. (Which - let's be honest - if you're reading this blog, you probably are.)


As with the last book, Wreck the Halls includes a mix of fan favorites from the site and plenty of new, never-before-seen wreckage I've been hoarding. It's also a hefty 220 pages, which makes it excellent for head-whacking. (Not that I'd endorse such a thing, of course. You might scratch the finish.)



Can YOU spot what literally hundreds of individuals including professional copy editors, layout and graphic designers, marketing gurus, book retailers, and even John and I missed, but that Wrecky Minion Julianne spotted in approximately 3.7 seconds? Huh? CAN YOU??

I hope not, 'cuz they're already printed.


Besides, when life gives you a book wreck, make a cake! Or something!


And now that I've hypnotized you into a mindless trance wherein you simply cannot rest until you've pre-ordered at least a dozen copies, you can find Wreck the Halls at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble for less than $10 (Dude. Really? Who signed off on that??) and also at IndieBound (prices vary).


Note: Yes, the cover will probably be "fixed" before you get it. Meaning there may be a shiny new sticker on it. That'll just be our little secret, mmkay?

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Reader Comments (141)

Should it be Pre-order or Pro-order?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghanF

Well, It could've been "Cake Rex". I spotted it, but in the small pic it could be missed. Regards!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoberto

Hard to tell, but does the little star in the corner say Prefessional?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Oh, Jen. You're such a prefessional.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

does that say "prefessional?" boy howdy! :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy

Ummmmm..... "bestseller"?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Was it an intentional typo? Even, one would say, a professional one?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRook

This "professional" copy editor found it -- she's really good at her job :) Looks like a great book -- one that I might just have to fork over the cash for! Can't wait!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

That's such a prefessional-looking book! It's great.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaevrim

Did they just put a hill in hilariously? I'm looking on such a small screen, I can't quite tell.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

"Prefessional?" Nice. :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Before you become a professional, you must first become a prefessional.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Does that say prefessional?

Oops! At least it's a vowel haha.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Oh, they're "Prefessional," huh?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Can you come out to California to sign this one, too?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteabunny

This Graphic Designer thinks you need to fire that "Prefessional" and hire this "Professional" to design your next book cover!!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Prefessional, is that, like, before confessional?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne

How perfect!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Congratulations! And typos slip through in just about every book, don't worry too much. The mind has an awesome autocorrect feature. ;)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA. B. England

That's unprefessional, girl!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLessa

I must prefess my love for all things wrecked!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Um ... I hope they don't fix it. I'd rather have a prefessional copy of a book of Wrecks than a pro one, anyway. Makes it that much more awesomer. :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrea

I'd argue the book is correct and wave the urban dictionary around for evidence

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJtn

Oh, the irony! I vote it stays jest like it is! ;-)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlindaloujane

Is a prefessional the same as an amateur?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara S.

I want a copy without the corrective sticker...

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLissy

I love the poster that said you have to be a prefessional before you can be a professional!!!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Hancock

I think you should leave it, and say it was intentional! :)
Just goes to show you that you always need "fresh" eyes to catch those things.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

Run fer the hills, it's a prefessional Epcot!!! I think it should stay as is, no shiny new sticker required. Wreck on!!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

I almost never pre-order things, but this is going to be released on my birthday, which means I'll get super happy exciting mail on my birthday!! Happy birthday to me! (You know, in a couple months.)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Prefessional is what you are before you enter the confessional, the you are postfessional.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTesstarosa

"Course I can edit good - I'm a prefessional!"

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

It appears the person editing must have been in the beginning stages of becoming a professional. Perhaps they majored in pre-editing. :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie P.

heh heh heh.


I hope you got a truckload of those there prefessionally edited books... you could totally sign them and 1-give them away in contests or 2- auction them off for your favorite charities.

"Prefessional" sounds like a WV!! Or some sort of qualifying statement you'd make before a confessional... you know, a prefessional..

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstaxia

Now you need to write another book about post-fessional cakes.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I had to squint to see if that was an "o" or an "e"

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Nope, didn't notice it. But I desperately need to get my eyes examined!

The comments helped...

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynsayshi

Please, may I have one before it gets fixed? :)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelej

Lol - karma's kickin' your ass! You absolutely need to send those out as they are!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I'm such a "prefessional" spelling Nazi, I spotted it in 2.5 seconds. Top that, Julianne! LOL.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Hahahaha! Highly prefessional, Jen.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergormster

It's kind of appropriate, when you think about it--the book is filled with pictures of prefessional cakes, after all.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

i think it's prefect! ;)

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterheather

The sub-caption should also read "Cake Wrecks Get "Festive" " Not "gets." We are speaking of multiple wrecks, enough to fill an entire book, not just one general festive wreck. An example would be: Cats get festive (more than one cat getting crazy for the holidays) versus Cat gets festive (one lonely cat donning a santa hat).

So if "professional" is also misspelled (it's too small to see on my screen), then you have two errors! Misspelling AND subject/verb agreement. Go you!

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKali

It's kind of appropriate, when you think about it-- the book is full of pictures of prefessional cakes, after all.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Oh, I thought it said profossional.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy W.

Oh the irony.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

Unrelated to your book - at one of my prior employers, we got a message about the importance of being prefessional. In a different memo (same company) they started off a sentence with "Ass always." So, one of my friends and I always used to joke that "Ass always, we must strive to be true prefessionals." That company was ultimately bought out by a much larger one, which hopefully had staffers that knew how to spell.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

I think the typo is classic. I still have my spelling bee trophy from 6th grade. The organizers (the Las Vegas Jaycees) had not noticed that their name was spelled "Jaycess" on the trophies. I pointed it out to them, but flatly refused a "corrected" trophy to be delivered to me later.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNeedSun


August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Cellophane

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