Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get a signed copy of one of your books?
First, thank you for asking! Since Dallas doesn’t currently have an independent book store that will ship signed copies, you can contact me directly for a signed copy and I’ll see what I can do. The cost is typically the price of the book plus shipping. So paperbacks are $15 and hardcovers are $20. Contact me at: V(@)VictoriaScott(dot)com.
Can I have review copy of one of your books?
First, ask yourself this question: is the book already in bookstores? If the answer is yes, then review copies are no longer available. If the book is not in bookstores yet, then you can visit my contact page and email my publicist about securing a copy. Be advised that most review copies are reserved for teachers, librarians, book reviewers, and book bloggers.
How many FIRE & FLOOD books will there be?
Scholastic has bought two books in this series. There may be a third book one day, but it’s ultimately up to the publisher and whether they decide to buy a third book.
How long did it take you to sell a book?
I queried my first book, a teen fantasy called Vanity, for about four months before getting two different offers of representation. The agent I signed with said she wasn’t sure Vanity would sell, but that my new book, The Collector, would. In the end, though it meant tabling my first novel, I followed her advice and signed with the agency. I’m still happy with that decision!
Selling The Collector to a publisher took another four months. We went on sub near the holidays so things moved painfully slow, but at the start of the new year, Entangled Teen bought the Dante Walker trilogy in a preemptive three-book deal.
How can I get published?
The first thing you have to do (if you’re writing fiction) is to write the entire book. To do this well, read as much as you can in a similar genre and write, write, write. Find critique partners and beta readers who will provide honest feedback of your work. Then edit; read it again and again until what you’re changing isn’t necessarily better, just different. At that point, it’s time to find an agent.
You don’t have to get an agent to get published, but it helps immensely. To score one, research query letters. You’ll need to learn how to write one well enough so that an agent will want to read your book. Next, make a list of agents you’d like to work with. You can find a master list at QueryTracker.com. Make sure you personalize each query letter, and don’t query too many agents at once. While you’re waiting to hear back from an agent, continue to read and write. You never know which book you pen will be your ticket to publication.
Finally, believe in yourself!
Can you take a look at my book/query/synopsis/posted chapters?
While I may not have time to read everyone’s material, I do encourage you to find a critique partner you can work with on an ongoing basis. I promise, there is someone out there that’s perfect for you, and they’re just as eager to find someone dedicated to trade critiques with.
Do you really like cotton candy?
What if you didn’t answer my question?
If I didn’t answer your question, feel free to shoot me an email at V(@)VictoriaScott(dot)com.