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BOOK DEAL NEWS!! or OMG, I WROTE AN MG!!

LOVELIES!!!

I hinted at this in my last post, but I can finally share one of the things I’ve been working on the last few months!!! This just went up on PM (like, seriously, five seconds ago, I know because I have been stalking the sh*t out of that site today):

Children’s:
Middle grade

Victoria Schwab’s new middle grade series about a mysterious, whimsical young guardian spirit who helps her new friends through difficult, and sometimes dangerous, situations, to Aimee Friedman at Scholastic, in a three-book deal, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (world).

What does this mean!?

Well, it means I’m writing a Middle Grade series.

It means I’m lucky enough to be writing in three categories now–MG, YA, Adult–with three amazing, amazing, amazing publishers: Disney*Hyperion, Tor, and Scholastic.

It also means I’m fairly determined to defy boxes and labels (for those keeping count we’ve got a lower YA witchy book, an upper YA library-of-the-dead series, an adult superpowers book, and an MG guardian…well, a quirky MG ;p)

What can I promise you about this series? Well, that it’s very…ME. It’s strange, and it’s quirky, and it’s important to me.

A little while back I mentioned on Twitter that I was working on a middle grade, and went so far as to say that I was writing a character who was equal parts Peter Pan and Doctor Who (one of my betas has even taken to calling my MC “Tiny Tennant”).

I would also add that she’s got a bit of Castiel to her 😉

The deal actually happened back in the spring, and it’s been so hard to sit on the news this long! In part because I’m excited and in part because I’ve been blah-blah-ing about HOW MUCH WORK I’ve had to do, and didn’t want people to think I was just blah-blah-ing. I’m so happy I can finally share.

In the next post I’ll finally get to talk a little bit about what it was like working on THREE books–THE ARCHIVED #2, VICIOUS, and this–at the same time (O_O)

But for now…*flails*

THE ARCHIVED is up on Netgalley!!!!!! You can have it!!! And SWAG!!!

Lovelies!!!

As of today, THE ARCHIVED is up on Netgalley!!!!

And there are a few THINGS you should know.

Hyperion usually has a VERY strict approval policy on digital arcs, which hinders/prevents bloggers from getting to read the book.

BUT because they know I LOVE MY BLOGGERS, they have been awesome enough to brainstorm a solution for me.

Up on Netgalley is a partial galley of THE ARCHIVED.

It’s the first 100 PAGES of the book (and you guys, the the last scene of the sample is one of my FAVORITE scenes in the entire book), and it’s AUTOMATICALLY APPROVED.

Meaning EVERYONE can read it.

And you should. Because I also happen to have just received my first shipment of SWAG.

Mmmmmmm, bookmarks.

And people have been telling me they WANT these bookmarks.

So, for 48 HOURS (it was 24, but Netgalley is being FINICKY), I’m going to give signed bookmarks to EVERYONE who downloads the ARCHIVED sample, and uses it to answer the TWO QUESTIONS in the form below 🙂

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

AAHHHHH! THE ARCHIVED COVER AND JACKET COPY REVEALED!!!

LOVELIES, THE DAY IS HERE!!!!!!!!

THE ARCHIVED.

COVER.

REVEALED.

You can click on any of the images above or the link below to go over to the Mundie Moms and see the cover that has completely stolen my heart and soul and rendered me a blob of giggle and squee on the floor. But then you have to COME BACK because I have a GIVEAWAY for you.

Okay, go see!!!

CLICK ME.
CLICK ME.
CLICK ME.
CLICK ME.

Are you back??

AHHHHH ISN’T THE COVER AMAZING YOU GUYS GAHHH I JUST. I JUST. AND THE WORDS ON THE BACK AND I JUST.

*deep breaths*

OKAY.

Onto the shiny giveaway thing!

What is it, you ask?

WELL.

It’s a KEY.

But it’s no ordinary key. You see, in Mackenzie Bishop’s world, keys don’t just mean the difference between locked and unlocked, captured and free. They can mean life or death. Keys matter a great deal.

And in keeping with that, as we get closer to release, I’m going to be giving away keys.

The keys are redeemable; there are different kinds and sizes, and they are worth different things, some as small as swag, some much bigger. The bigger the key, the better the prize. To give you an idea, the last key I’ll give away, right before release, is redeemable for a signed, finished copy of each of my books…for life.

(Incidentally, the first five people to come see me sign at BEA will get small silver keys, each redeemable for a complete Archived swag pack.)

But today, I’m giving away the very first of the big keys.

This antique French key is redeemable for ONE of the following:

A. a Skype visit for your school, library, class, or book club, including three signed books!

B. a cupcake date for you and a friend, my treat (you can either come to my city, or wait for me to sign in yours)!

C. A signed narwhal plush, and a personal vlog-o-gram (designed for the shy among us)!

And the key will NEVER EXPIRE. You can redeem your prize whenever you like. Or you can hold onto the key and see if I one day go all Suzanne Collins or something, and then cash in ;p

So, HOW DO YOU WIN?

Simple. So, so simple.

As you can see in the form, you get entries for tweets, fb posts, blog posts, and pretty much EVERY OTHER WAY you can think of to spread the cover love! This giveaway will last until NOON EST on Friday, and the winner will be announced that afternoon along with a behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot!

In summation: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*collapses*

In which I explain a bit about my two new book deals!!

First, to recap:

Root Doubles Down for Schwab

Agent Holly Root, of the Waxman Agency, sold, nearly simultaneously, an adult novel as well as a YA one for her client Victoria Schwab. In the YA sale, Abby Ranger at Disney-Hyperion took world English rights to the currently untitled sequel to Schwab’s forthcoming The Archived (which Ranger also acquired); in The Archived a teenage girl tries to uncover the secrets behind a supernatural library. In the second deal, Root sold world English rights to Schwab’s adult debut, Vicious, to Miriam Weinberg at Tor. Vicious, about two best friends whose college experiments to create supernatural abilities wind up turning them against each other, is planned for fall 2013.

TWO DIFFERENT BOOK DEALS OKAY DEEP BREATH LET’S TALK.

FIRST, THE ARCHIVED is going to have a sequel! There are no words for the excitement over here. And relief. You see, THE ARCHIVED was never really meant to be a standalone. The nature of that book’s deal was strange and wondrous, in that the deal came first, and I chose the book to fill it second. The world of THE ARCHIVED is vast and so is Mackenzie Bishop’s story, and I never thought I could fully tell it in one book. And now I won’t have to!

That said, I’m a very, very strong believer that when you have a series, each book should have its own complete arc, so the book hitting shelves in January does, you know, HAVE AN ENDING. But I’m so, so, SO happy that my publishing family over at Disney*Hyperion believes in me and in these books and wants more of them!!

I know that all I’ve really said about the first book is “Buffy + The Shining + If I Stay” or “The Archived is about a library where the dead are shelved like books,” but in the next few weeks I’ll get to reveal both the cover (!!!) and the jacket copy (!!!) for THE ARCHIVED and I am just all excited punctuation marks over here.

SECOND, I wrote an adult book! And I can finally reveal the real title for the long-time code-named project, VAGABOND PUPPIES!!!! It’s called VICIOUS and it’s got super powers and villains and all these awesome things, and I am OVER THE FREAKING MOON that you guys will actually get to read it!!

This was the book that I wrote for ME, when I needed a break from deadlines, something to disappear into. This was a project I didn’t tell ANYONE about–not even my agent!–until it was nearly done. And the more I wrote, the more I fell in love with it, and the more I desperately wanted to be able to share it, and the more afraid I was that I wouldn’t get the chance. It’s a strange little beast of a book, a comic book without pictures, a violent twist on heroes and villains, and I was terrified that no one would love it like I did. So when it went on sub this spring and sold to Tor, I pretty much LOST MY SH*T.

So this means that next year I will have TWO books out, one in winter and one in fall, and then the winter after that I’ll have another! What happens after that remains to be seen 😉

Thank you all so, SO much for all your incredible messages of love and support across the internet. I’m just thrilled to be able to write more books!!

AHHHHHH BOOK DEAL NEWS!!!!!

EEEEEEEEEEE.


CLICK HERE TO GO TO PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY TO READ THE NEWS!!!!!!!!

Explanations to follow, but for now EXCLAMATION POINTS WHEEEEE.

And ALL THE LOVE to my incredible agent Holly Root, and to my wonderful editors, Abby and Laura at Disney*Hyperion, and Miriam at Tor. I am beyond thrilled to continue to grow with D*H (3 books! It’s like a family!), and ecstatic to launch my adult career with such a fabulous house.

[ALSO: YES, VAGABOND PUPPIES = VICIOUS!!!]

EDITED TO ADD: Reactionary rocking out video, in which I dance to “We Are Young” by Fun. You have to supply music :p