The Winter YA Scavenger Hunt is Here!

Welcome to the winter YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Victoria Strauss, and I write fantasy and historical fiction for adults and teens.

The tri-annual Scavenger Hunt was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

At this Hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the Hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed [...]

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Archway Publishing: Simon & Schuster Adds a Self-Publishing Division

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Well, it’s happened again. Another traditional publisher has added a pay-to-play “division.” Yesterday, venerable trade publisher (and one of the Big 5) Simon & Schuster announced the launch of Archw… [...]

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PASSION BLUE Virtual Book Tour Stop — Black Friday!

It’s Black Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’m staying away from stores and malls today. On the craziest shopping day of the year, I’d rather hang out with friends and look for bargains online.

Today’s stop on the Passion Blue Virtual Book Tour: An author spotlight and giveaway at Writers’ Alley. I’m chatting with S.A. Larsen about writing, publishing, and whether or not a debut author needs a platform. You can also win a signed hardcover of Passion Blue.

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Publishers Hate Authors? Really?

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Without a doubt, the silliest publishing-related article I read this week was this one: “Why Book Publishers Hate Authors” by Michael Levin. (Although this one, which argues that e-reading isn’t really read… [...]

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PASSION BLUE Virtual Book Tour Stop for Friday, Nov. 16

Today’s stop on the Passion Blue Virtual Book Tour: I’m chatting about writing YA, and my research for Passion Blue, at Katie’s Book Blog. Katie is also kindly hosting a giveaway for a signed hardcover and swag.

There’s still time to enter my own giveaway for an awesome Passion Blue prize pack.

Next tour stop: an interview with Natalie Aguirre at Literary Rambles on Monday. For the full tour schedule (more giveaways to come!) click here.

PASSION BLUE Virtual Book Tour Stop for Thursday, Nov. 15

Today’s stop on the Passion Blue Virtual Book Tour: a fun interview at Get Lost in a Story, in which I answer questions about writing, reading (and responding to) reviews…and tea.

Tomorrow’s tour stop: an interview and giveaway at Katie’s Book Blog.

There are many more tour stops coming up this month, with more reviews, interviews, and giveaways! For the full tour schedule, click here. And don’t forget to check out my own giveaway to win a fabulous Passion Blue prize pack.

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PASSION BLUE Virtual Book Tour Stop for Wednesday, Nov. 14

Today’s stop on the Passion Blue Virtual Book Tour: Cindy of Books Complete Me is very kindly hosting my guest blog post about writing historical fiction, writing fantasy fiction, and why I think the skillsets involved are so similar. Fantasy writers create worlds that never were, while historical writers re-create worlds that no longer exist–both are acts of imagination, fueled by research. I think that’s why I’ve always felt so comfortable moving back and forth between the two genres.

Cindy will be posting a review of Passion Blue next week.

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Guest Blog Post: Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I’ve seen a slew of bad publishing contracts lately, which makes this guest blog post by author Kfir Luzatto especially resonant for me. Turning down a publishing offer when you have one in hand is one of t… [...]

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PASSION BLUE Virtual Book Tour Stop For Monday, Nov. 12

Today’s stop on the Passion Blue virtual book tour: a review, guest post, and giveaway at The Bookish Babe. From Andrea’s lovely review“A story of fate, choice, and love beyond romance, Passion Blue is a story that will make you think and make you feel.”

My guest blog post is about Passion Blue’s complicated journey to publication. Every book has an origin story; this is mine!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed hardcover plus swag.

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PASSION BLUE Virtual Book Tour Stop — Sunday, Nov. 11

Today’s stop on the Passion Blue Virtual Book Tour: Tammy Sparks of Books, Bones, & Buffy interviews me about art, astrology, and my research for Passion Blue. Tammy is also hosting a giveaway! You can enter for a chance to win signed hardcovers and swag.

Read Tammy’s four star review of Passion Blue here.

Tomorrow’s virtual tour stop: interview and giveaway at The Bookish Babe. (For the full tour schedule, click here).