Double-Dealing

YA novelist Victoria Schwab has two more books on the way—and one of them is for grownups

by Margaret Renkl

May 7, 2012 Nashville YA author Victoria Schwab is a 24-year-old wunderkind who wrote her first novel, The Near Witch, while she was still in college and signed with an agent before she was old enough to buy beer. Even before the book was released last year, Schwab had become a leader in the literary community, rallying writers (and agents and editors) across the country to help in a unique fundraising effort to benefit the victims of Tennessee's 2010 floods. When The Near Witch finally appeared last August, it was to great acclaim: Chapter 16's Susannah Felts called it "an accomplished take on the [fairy-tale] form, artfully deploying many of its traditional elements: a seemingly distant time and place, a dark forest, children, a young person on a quest, and, of course, witches."

Now, even before Schwab's second book hits stores—The Archived will appear in January 2013—Schwab's agent has managed to sell, virtually simultaneously, Schwab's third and fourth books. Here's the full story from Publishers Weekly:

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.

Published Monday, 7 May 2012