THIS SAVAGE SONG makes the Indie Next List! And an important reminder about preorders……

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A couple of weeks ago I got the wonderful news that THIS SAVAGE SONG, which comes out in just 6 weeks, made the Summer Indie Next List, a pretty hard-to-land-on list of new and upcoming titles that will be featured in independent bookstores across the country. And as someone for whom indies have been absolutely vital, I couldn’t be happier.

Here’s the review that landed me on that list:
This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab
(Greenwillow Books, 9780062380852, $17.99, available July)
“August and Kate live in a broken world where violence breeds actual monsters. Kate wants to embrace her monstrous side, while August would do anything to be human. This Savage Song takes the darkness of the world around us and gives it form. Schwab has gifted readers with a fascinating — if gory — urban fantasy world, a pair of unforgettable protagonists, and a question that will linger long in the minds of readers: What does it mean to be inhuman in a world where humans do such monstrous things?” —Nicole Brinkley, Oblong Books & Music, Millerton, NY
And while we’re talking about indies, now’s a GREAT time to remind you that if you pre-order THIS SAVAGE SONG through either Parnassus Books or Books of Wonder (two of my favorite indies), you will receive:
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–A signed/personalized hardcover!
–A set of limited edition HUMAN/MONSTER tattoos!
–My undying affection!*
*Pre-ordering a book is like a gift from present you to future you. It’s also one of the best ways to show a publisher there’s excitement for a book/series. It’s not a necessary thing, by any means, but it really does help.

On Little Gods

I’ve been thinking a lot about control. As a writer, you sculpt a world from scratch, populate it with people, with stories, and control them all. From the geography to the folklore, the smallest details to the largest plots. It’s in your hands.

In that sense, as a writer, you become a ‘little god’.

But in publishing–that business side of the art, your control dissolves.

You don’t control whether the book sells.

You don’t control the marketing budget if he does.

You don’t control the publisher’s investment.

You don’t control your place in-house.

You don’t control the sales plan.

You don’t control the cover art.

You don’t control the jacket copy.

You don’t control how the book is portrayed, publicized, given, sold to the world.

You don’t control anything.

Or at least, it can feel that way.

Because, of course, you still control one thing.

The words.

The content between the front cover and the back.

In the cyclone of publishing, it’s easy to forget how important that is. Easy to feel like the words don’t matter as much as a six-figure marketing campaign, a national tour, a lead title push.

They can feel like big gods.

It can be terrifying, if you let it.

(Sometimes I let it.)

But it can also be freeing, if you let it.

(I try.)

Because marketing is fickle. Publishers are fickle. The industry is fickle. And in that cyclone, the solid ground–the only patch of solid ground–is the story you want to tell. Your words on the page.

Yes, marketing matters.

Yes, a good cover helps.

Yes, you’re fighting an uphill battle to be seen, to be heard, to be read.

But.

The single greatest thing you can do–the only thing you can do–is write.

The big gods will throw around money and mountains, but the little gods with their delicate sculptures, those are the ones that matter. Those are the ones that last.

So go.

Pick up your pen.

Tune out the noise.

Focus on the thing in your control.

And write.

Behind the scenes of the ADSOM TV deal!

Hi lovelies!

So, it’s a well-known fact that publishing is 90% waiting, and a large part of that waiting for me lately has been waiting to share a piece of news! I hinted at it now and then, mentioned working on a script, but yesterday, Deadline finally broke the news…

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You guys.

You guys.

ADSOM is being developed for TV! Not just for TV, but for a limited series. Think Game of Thrones, or Daredevil, or any of the incredible shows rocking the 10-12 episode format.

I’ve been sitting on this news for the last 6 MONTHS. 6 months of working hand in hand with my producer Danielle as she showed me the ropes of script-writing, and worked tirelessly with me to get it right.

Here’s what Danielle had to say:

“Victoria is the ultimate world builder. I knew I had to be a part of this project when I started dreaming in Red London. Schwab’s writing is so vivid you start to see it and imagine it all around you. She has a very special gift. We are thrilled to be a part of helping her bring ADSOM to life.”

Excuse me while I draw hearts around that quote.

I actually went out to LA in the fall to meet with Danielle and talk through the project, and she surprised me with an ANTIQUE MAP OF LONDON. You guys. We’re meant for each other. I think Danielle has read ADSOM even more times than *I* have.

Now that the news has broken, there are a few things I want to address:

Q: You’re writing the script?!?!

A: I am indeed. When the producers asked me if I wanted to write the pilot, I thought long and hard about whether it was the right decision. One of my primary reasons for agreeing to adapt the material was the creative control, the opportunity to dictate the aesthetic and story. My producers have involved me in every decision, and promise to continue doing so, and I’m immeasurably grateful. This means that if ADSOM comes to TV, it will do so with my seal of approval.:)

Q: Have you already written the script?

A: I’ve been working on the pilot script for the last 6 months! It’s buffed and polished and almost ready to conquer the world. Or at least LA.

Q: Please don’t mess this up.

A: I am trying very hard not to.

Q: Does this mean that ADSOM will definitely be airing on my TV?

A: Of course not, nothing is that simple. As with most high-risk, high-reward pursuits, there are many doors left to unlock. BUT ADSOM is off to an incredible start, and we’ve got a lot of people on our side, including YOU. The best thing you can do for the series is keep reading it, so those people in Hollywood know it’s worth the time and money.

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Everything you need to know about the GATHERING OF SHADOWS tour!!

Hey there, lovelies.

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC just came out in paperback this week, and it’s hard to believe we’re little more than a month away from the sequel hitting shelves!!

It’s also hard to believe that Tor is sending me on my first ever official, national tour.

This post will serve, as the subject suggests, as a source of EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

First, the official tour schedule on my site looks like this:

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What that list DOESN’T tell you is all the AMAZING authors I’m signing WITH. So, a breakdown:

Friday, January 22nd
Livonia Barnes and Noble @ 7 p.m. (with Susan Dennard, John Scalzi, Wesley Chu, Max Gladstone, Greg van Eekhout, Lawrence M. Shoen, Tom Doyle, Cherie Priest)Livonia, MI

Tuesday, February 23
Parnassus Books @ 6:30 p.m.
Nashville, TN

Wednesday, February 24
Blue Willow Bookshop @ 7 p.m. (with Rachel Hawkins)
Houston, TX

Thursday, February 25
One More Page @ 7 p.m.
Arlington, VA

Friday, February 26
Rediscovered Books + Downtown Boise Public Library @ 7 p.m.
Boise, ID

Saturday, February 27
Borderlands Books @ 3 p.m. (with Margaret Stohl and Stephenie Kuehn)
San Francisco, CA

Sunday, February 28
Barnes & Noble @ 2 p.m. (with Gretchen McNeil and Marie Lu)
Los Angeles, CA

Monday, February 29
Mysterious Galaxy @ 7:30 p.m. (with Kiersten White and Cecil Castellucci)
San Diego, CA

Tuesday, March 1
Third Place Books @ 7 p.m. (with Jason Hough, Kerry Schafer, and A.R. Kahler)
Seattle, WA

Wednesday, March 2
Old Firehouse Books @ 7 p.m. (with Brenna Yovanoff and Emily Hainesworth)
Fort Collins, CO

Thursday, March 3
Poisoned Pen @ 7 p.m. (with Sam Sykes and Rae Carson)
Scottsdale, AZ

Saturday, March 5
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café @ 3 p.m. (with Jessica Khoury, Delilah S. Dawson, and Ryan Graudin, moderated by Beth Revis)
Asheville, NC

Tuesday, March 8
Joseph-Beth Booksellers @ 7 p.m. (with Gwenda Bond and Julie Kagawa)
Lexington, KY

Next…

this past week I also revealed the super exclusive fifth AGOS card, available only to those who come to see me on tour. Here is the two-sided RHY IN TORMENT/RHY IN MAJESTY.

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Onto some FAQ:

*All answers are about my personal preferences and don’t apply to all authors.*

NOTE: Most bookstores understandably require you to buy at least one book at the event, but it doesn’t have to be mine (I am signing with some AMAZING authors), and I am more than happy to sign as many books as you bring with you, too.

NOTE: Please don’t record an event without asking.

NOTE: I often get asked if people can bring me things (it’s a very sweet gesture), and while I LOVE presents, I will ask that you please don’t bring homemade treats. My favorite things, if you’re so inclined, are: fanart, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, hugs.

NOTE: I am more than happy to take photographs!

NOTE: The thing about authors to remember is that we’re as scared of you as you are of us. Don’t fret about being nervous, or awkward. We are nervous and awkward and most certainly not judging you.

A Year in Review, A Year Ahead

I’m writing this post on New Year’s Day from my parents’ house in France, which looks–quite fittingly–like something out of a fairy tale.

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My New Year’s Eve…

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A lot of people tell me I’m brave for being willing to up and move across the world, to take my roots with me or trust in them to hold, but my parents are truly inspiring. My father has been a Type 1 diabetic since he was a child, and was told he’d never see 50. This past year he turned 66, is in better health than most people half his age, and followed a dream he had since his 30’s–to buy a home in France.

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My mother, who didn’t speak a word of French (though she’s learning), agreed to pick up her entire life and go with him, to help make that dream happen. If that’s not bravery, I don’t know what is.

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Looking back at *my* year, it certainly had its own adventures.

I finished a graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh, and earned a Masters of Science in Medieval Art History.

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My Tor editor, Miriam, and I spent a week in Edinburgh celebrating ADSOM, plotting the final installment…

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…and toasting our new four-book deal!

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I finished SPIRIT ANIMALS, A GATHERING OF SHADOWS and THIS SAVAGE SONG.

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I got a tattoo to mark the things I’ve already accomplished, and those still ahead.

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A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC took 2nd in the Goodreads Choice Awards, right below NEIL F*CKING GAIMAN.

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I read a whopping 104 books:

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I celebrated the release of A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC on two continents. And that book would go into 5 printings in the first month. It would sell in Brazil, Germany, Poland, and China. It would become a major success. I, of course, had no idea.

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I fostered a crazy Pyrenees puppy named Zeke.

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I fell madly, deeply in love with Scotland.

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And I bought my very first apartment in Nashville.

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Whew.

I don’t know how to top that in 2016. I don’t know if it’s possible. But here’s what’s in store.

In 3 weeks, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC hits shelves in paperback.

In 7 weeks, A GATHERING OF SHADOWS will come out in hardcover. In 7 months, my new YA, THIS SAVAGE SONG, will hit shelves in hardcover.

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With AGOS, I’ll go on my first major publisher-sponsored tour.

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Over the course of this year, I plan to finish writing the ADSOM series. I plan to write the sequel to THIS SAVAGE SONG. I hope to finish the sequel to VICIOUS, as well as a new MG project.

I’m setting another 100-book reading goal, because I honestly feel like that intense immersion in words and styles was an education unto itself.

My two words for the year are DISCIPLINE and SANCTUARY. At first they might seem incompatible, but both are essential for a sane and productive environment. I need to hold on to my writing discipline, but I also need to carve out safe and healthy mental space. That means not looking at reviews, not engaging in toxic or self-destructive behavior, not ego-surfing or dwelling overly on things out of my control. It’s going to be a challenge, but I hope I can rise to it.

Overall, I am simply hoping for a healthy, productive year. And who knows, maybe a few adventures around the bend😉

 

Give the Gift of *MAGIC*

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.” ~Neil Gaiman

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I’m always talking about how books make wonderful presents, and I’m of the (admittedly biased) belief that ADSOM makes a particularly nice one. That’s why, this holiday season, I want to reward people for giving the gift of MAGIC.

And so, to that end…

If you:

-Buy A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC for someone on your holiday list, &

-Send proof of purchase* to viciousveschwab@gmail.com by Dec 18th, along with a mailing address and the name of the recipient (even if it’s you)…

I will:

-Send you a signed/personalized bookplate to put with your book under the tree!

*Proof of purchase can be a screencap of an online order, a picture of the receipt with date, or a photo of you standing at a cash register holding the book and making a thumbs up.

*Open internationally.

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And in case that’s not enough tinsel for your tree…

REMINDER: If you pre-order A GATHERING OF SHADOWS and send proof of purchase to viciousveschwab@gmail.com, you’ll receive these gorgeous AGOS art cards illustrated by Victoria Ying.

Announcing the ADSOM fan-art contest!

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When it comes to fan-art, the ADSOM community has been truly magical. Over the last 8 months, we’ve seen SO many amazing pieces of ADSOM art. Now, to celebrate the readership’s penchant for the visual, as well as the upcoming launch of A GATHERING OF SHADOWS, the amazing team at Tor has launched an EPIC fan-art contest!!!!

Now, if you can’t draw, do not fear. Fan-art takes many forms, from illustrations to cover designs to quote art to cosplay. And all of them are eligible. (Keep in mind, you can’t use copyrighted images.)

Here are just a few ideas:

–Dress up as Lila!

–Draw a picture of Sad Holland!

–Redesign the book covers!

–Fan-edit the Dane twins!

–Doodle Rhy in all his princely hotness!

–Design Holland’s curse!

–Make Kell’s necklace of coins!

I really, really hope you’ll enter! I even put on pants and made you a video!

Feeling fired up?

For contest details and entry, go HERE.

Today I got a key tattoo. Let me tell you why.

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Today I got a key tattoo. I want to tell you why.

It is not, in fact (or at least, not exclusively), a key to the Archive. It’s based on a very real antique skeleton key I carry with me, a relic from a little market in the corner of Paris.

This key is the culmination of planning, of waiting, of earning.

This key is my author icon. Rather than a pen or quill, or set of letters, this is what marks me as a storyteller, a gatekeeper, providing my readers with the keys to new worlds, whether or not they choose to step through the door.

This key is my personal totem, so that all the doors in life–or at least, the right doors–will open for me.

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And this key is my reward.

For moving to another country.

For finishing three books and surviving grad school at the same time.

It is my reminder that I can take risks, push myself, and succeed.

My reminder that I can take the hard door.

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Announcing the GATHERING OF SHADOWS pre-order campaign!!!!

ETA: OPEN!

We are getting more AGOS trading cards in stock in December! That means this offer is officially reopened!

ETA: CLOSED.

So many people turned in their preorder receipts in the first week that we ran out of stock. Hopefully we’ll be able to offer more closer to release, but in the meantime, this giveaway is closed. Check back later.

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Hello, lovelies!

Over the past week, Tor has been teasing the gorgeous AGOS art cards designed by Victoria Ying. And now that they’ve finally been revealed in all their glory, it’s time to kick off the pre-order campaign!

First a moment to appreciate these beautiful cards, featuring four of the tournament magicians in A GATHERING OF SHADOWS. Those who’ve read A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC will recognize two of them😉

  

Long-time readers know that I love providing incentives for those dedicated enough to pre-order, both because I love my readers, and because publishers pay a lot of attention to pre-release statistics.

So here we go!

I have 200 sets of these cards! The giveaway is open internationally, and all you have to do is send:

-proof of pre-order (ex: screencap of receipt)

–a mailing address to:

viciousveschwab@gmail.com

Also, a sneaky little heads-up! There will be a super exclusive FIFTH card featuring a certain prince, and available ONLY at in-person events next spring😉

I HAVE BOOK DEAL NEWS!!!!

You guysssssss.

Late last night, a Monday PW post went up early and broke the news.

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First of all, let’s have a moment of OMG FOUR BOOKS FOUR BOOKS FOUR BOOKS.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

OKAY.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system…

  1. What are these four books?!?!
    1. Well, one of them is the sequel to VICIOUS!!!! And one is the third book in the SHADES OF MAGIC series!!! And one is the ‘Devil Book’ I’ve mentioned here and there around the internet–aka the book of my dark soul and probably the only love story I’ll ever write–and the fourth is a secret.
  2. I thought VICIOUS was a standalone!
    1. VICIOUS was, in fact, always designed to be the first in a series, but I feel very strongly that first books should always be able to stand on their own. That said, many people who’ve finished VICIOUS have rightly suspected that I wasn’t done with Victor Vale and the rest of the book’s motley crew.
  3. How many books are in the SHADES OF MAGIC series?
    1. That’s a very good question! I thought it was going to be a trilogy, but it’s safer to think of it as a series. I have always had the arc planned out, and known where it was going and how it would end, but as the world and cast have grown, the adventure has, too. I don’t believe in adding for the sake of adding, so the series will only be as long as it needs to in order to tell the story. Whether that’s 3 or 4 books, I’m not totally sure.
  4. Wait let’s get back to VICIOUS!!! Does the sequel have a title? When is it coming out? What can you tell me??
    1. Haha, right now, I can only tell you what’s in that PW announcement😉 You’ll have to stay tuned for more.

Right now I just want to say thank you. Thank you to my incredible agent, Holly, the hardest-working champion in the world. And thank you to my amazing editor, Miriam. I want to make book babies with you forever.

But most of all, thank you to my readers. NONE of this would happen without your love and support. Thank you for buying books, for spreading the word, for demanding more Victor Vale. Thank you for helping me make this dream of mine a reality.

Thank you.

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