35 days till THE ARCHIVED. Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. The next blog post will be the ONE MONTH GIVEAWAY and it is epic and might involve some of my favorite books of the year, ARCHIVED preorders, and a key worth signed books FOR LIFE. Just saying.
But we’ll get there on the 22nd. Let’s talk about now.
I emerged from the deadline cave this week, alive if not unscathed. I turned in the latest draft of THE ARCHIVED #2 a few short days ago. I not-so-affectionately refer to this book as SOUL KILL, and anyone who follows me online knows that it has lived up to its nickname in the past few weeks. I had a full hour (well, 45 minutes) of freedom before diving BACK into the revision cave for another book (the first of the chapter books I’m writing for Scholastic).
In other, far more interesting news, fun things happened during my (relative) return to the living!
First, Horn Book loved THE ARCHIVED!!!
From their review: “…both poignant and intellectually piquant…[Schwab] writes of death, sorrow, and family love with a light, intelligent touch and inventive vigor.”
Wooo!!! I’m still waiting on a few of the others, but I’m thrilled to put this one up there with the Kirkus love.
Also, APPARENTLY MY BOOK EXISTS OMG HOLD ME.
This is not my hand, but this is my book. The real, FINISHED book. I can’t wait to get my author copies so I can 1. roll around on top of them, and 2. take more photos/a video so we can all savor the material glory (also, the reason my name looks darker is because it and the key are both spot-glossed, so it’s harder to photo them evenly). ALSO apparently the endpapers inside are GORGE and ugh why is it not in my hands, lovelies??? SOON.
ALSO! I got my very first foreign cover for THE NEAR WITCH!
It’s the German edition (my German publisher, Heyne, will also be publishing THE ARCHIVED!) and I am mildly obsessed with it. The title is VERFLUCHT!!! It means CURSED.
Agh I love it. It’s so very different from the US cover, and so loud and paranormal-y and there’s a kid in the woods and ughhh yes.
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LAST AND BEST. THE MUM! ON CAMERA!.
You guys, after FIVE YEARS of trying to coax the Mum to make a video, I finally convinced her to make one for my Making History series!!! Please, please show her some love! The wonderful Emily over at Emily’s Reading Room is hosting her video, as well as a giveaway.
To watch THE INFAMOUS MUM, click HERE.
And don’t forget to swing by the Youtube channel HERE and see the other histories. This week is #14!! Crazy.
And now, lovelies, I must retreat back into the revision cave. But I want to know how you’re all doing. <3 Leave your thoughts after the beep.