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I have been editing this book for 9.5 months. Longer than a pregnancy. It has been A JOURNEY. My editor has been challenging, and motivating, and inspiring. My agent has put up with many spazzing emails.


I am planning a WEEK O’ DEBAUCHERY. It involves booze, and cupcakes, and sleep. That’s how I roll.



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PM listing! AT LAST!


Many people have asked me in the past few months where my PM listing was, did they miss it, why wasn’t it up, was it going to be up, or something to that effect.

Well, it’s FINALLY HERE.

April 11, 2010

Children’s: Young Adult

Victoria Schwab’s debut novel THE NEAR WITCH, a darkly romantic original fairy tale set on enchanted moors where children are disappearing from their beds at night, and a 16 year old girl must protect a mysterious boy whom the villagers accuse of kidnapping, to Abby Ranger at Disney-Hyperion, for publication in Summer 2011, by FinePrint Literary Management (world English).


A NOTE: I feel like I’m trying to double up on my YAY! and *HUGS* and OTHER FORMS OF DIGITAL ENTHUSIASM because most of the time when people first announce their book deal they show the PM listing with it, but I had to wait on mine for various reasons, and I know it should seem like no surprise/no big deal after eight months of edits…but this is A BIG DEAL for me. It makes it seem REAL. It’s an official declaration.

It’s like, in the south, we have debuts, where you’re introduced to society. This is my debut, my introduction, and I feel like I’ve finally, truly joined the party.

And I’ve NEVER been able to sum up NW in one sentence. I marvel.

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It’s almost like she’s real!

This AWESOME picture is one of three done for me as a gift by the incredible Vania, (the others will find their way into future posts) and it’s Lexi from The Near Witch!! And oh my, it is PERFECT. It’s hard to see but she’s wearing leather boots under her skirt, and those are soo perfect, too.

What a way to kick off the new year, and certainly give me a great much-needed edit boost.

So, it is indeed a new year. Let’s usher it in right.

Before I forget, The Elevensies would like to wish everyone a wonderful New Year!

Personally, this year I want to be more present. I want to find balance, I want to be productive, driven. Sure I’ve got some concrete goals (finish two more novels, read 75 books, either go to grad school or move to NYC, etc) but most of all I just want be as present as possible. I want to live each day with my eyes open.

Whatever your goals, I hope that 2010 brings with it many wonderful surprises.

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The Witching Year!

Midnight might be the Witching Hour, and fall might be the Witching Season, but there’s no doubt 2011 will be the Witching Year!

In case you haven’t heard, there are THREE YA books (so far) (two from FLux, one from Disney*Hyperion) slated for 2011 with "Witch" in the title.

Scott Tracey’s WITCH EYES

Karen Mahoney’s THE IRON WITCH

and my own THE NEAR WITCH!

Now, what makes this Witching Year so awesome is that all three books are SO different. We’ve got gay witches in a romeo and Juliet scenario, a teen girl labeled a witch because of the markings on her, and a village where witches are those who can control the natural world.

2011 is going to be magical 🙂

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Busy Beginnings

Hell, Fall! I’m so happy to see you. Feel free to announce yourself in Nashville with some cool weather and perhaps even some changing leaves if you feel up to it.

A few cool things to kick off Fall!

1. My friend and fellow writing team member SCOTT TRACEY got a two-book deal today with Flux!! Isn’t that awesome? You better go congratulate him, AFTER you’re done here.

2. I have started my edits. Yes, that was fast. Yes, I have my work seriously cut out for me, and yes, I did spend several hours wandering aimlessly around the house murmuring to myself "it will be okay." I am still murmuring. But I’m ALSO cheering on the inside, because these edits are going to make this book (hopefully) squee-worthy. Future me, the one NOT facing the edits, is squeeing.

3. I’m still working on my Q & A. I need a couple days to get my head back in the vicinity of my shoulders and then I will post the answers to all the wonderful questions that did not make the cupcake video cut.

4. I am loving this song right now. Thank you, Emily, for suggesting this. (And I am working on a NW playlist, fyi, but that also goes under the category of “Oh dear god let me where has my head gone and is it coming back??”)

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Life Without School.

Life without school is strange.

I would be in classes by now, my schedule dictated to me, my time divided among professors (really like a dead animal among lions, leaving me to scrounge for a few minutes here or there to write).

But I’m not in school anymore, and I don’t quite know what to do about that, so naturally I am attempting a faux school schedule (only to fail miserably because I don’t actually have to keep to it. Hmm).

Anyway, things have been busy, and seeing as how they promise to get much, much busier, I suppose I should stop ditching “school” and get to work!


Things I am doing, trying to do, or contemplating doing:

-Writing up a proposal for a community education workshop on query letters (don’t laugh, I was asked to do it)

-Doing edit-prep work for NEAR WITCH (essentially mapping out the story, chapter by chapter, with emotional impact, plot, and other fun things)

-Trying (still) to finish the draft of ALL THINGS BETWEEN

-Working on my Personal Statement for Brown

-Trying to put together a list of MFA programs since I just realized I won’t have the language credentials in time for the PhD programs. So NOW the plan is to do an MFA and then consider the PhD. I don’t mind this so much, because a two-year commitment is automatically more appealing in the immediate future than a six-year commitment. And considering my first book will come out while I’m enrolled, the idea of a little more flexibility is a welcome thing.

-Contemplating a stack of French language books

-Contemplating the ever-growing pile of books I have and want to read

-Trying to take care of a household of misfit animals, where one is always sick or in need of SOMETHING


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 You guys. I have no intention of becoming one of those authors who just repeats praise and says lookie lookie every time someone says something nice. But you’ll have to forgive me this first time. Because this just made me smile uncontrollably. 

If you get a chance, go HERE

This post just MADE MY LIFE. The Dreamer Reader featured me on a WoW (Waiting on Wednesday) post. My book doesn’t come out until 2011, and she featured me, and she basically made me want to cry with joy. This is still such a surreal thing, to have someone besides my family/agency/editors talking about this book. It was so unexpected and wonderful…

I’m going to go smile myself to sleep now. 

So, really, please,  GO HERE.

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Wow, you guys.


A few more details. The book is slated to come out early 2011, which might seem like a long time, but it is NOT. The book needs to be ready to go to production JANUARY. As in four months from now. I’m starting my edits next week! Wow. This means I will be falling off the face of the earth a little this fall, but I WILL continue to post. My schedule will be: edit, Livejournal, eat cookies, drink tea. Repeat. See? There’s a place there for blogging.


I promised a Q&A in cupcake costume. This means that if you want me to dress up like a giant, glorious cupcake WITH SPRINKLES, you have to ask questions! Ha! See the trickiness?? If you don’t ask questions, I don’t have to dress up like a cupcake!

Questions can be posted through Tuesday, September 8th!

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