Color Song
Skyscape (Amazon Children's Publishing)
September 2014

The combination of page-ripping plot and insight into the creative process is as rare and luminous as the color Strauss imagines.
- Kirkus –

Readers will identify with Giulia’s determination and doubt in equal measure in this story, which is classically romantic and lush as a painting of the time.
- Booklist -
Passion Blue cover
Skyscape (Amazon Children's Publishing)
November 2012

A rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion.
- Kirkus (starred review) -
* A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012 *

[C]ompelling…absorbing…An intriguing historical novel inspired by accounts of women artists in the Italian Renaissance.
- Booklist -

Welcome!

I’m Victoria Strauss, author of novels for adults and young adults. I’m also a freelance writer, a former book reviewer, and a publishing industry blogger.

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Kindle Scout: The Pros and Cons of Amazon’s New Crowdsourced Publishing Program

Yesterday, Amazon’s brand-new crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, opened for voting by the public.The concept is pretty simple:

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.

Authors can submit their full manuscripts of 50,000 words or more (including cover art, various metadata items, and an author photo), about 5,000 words of which are posted on the Kindle Scout website for a 30-day “campaign”. Readers can then browse books and nominate their favorites. If a manuscript they’ve voted for gets published, they receive a free ebook.

Continue reading at my blog…