Crafting the Query Letter: A Two Hour Webinar
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by Eric Smith
6d ago
Goodness. The last one of these I did was back in the summer of 2021, at the absolute height of me missing conferences and wanting to try what so many of my colleagues had been doing. It was a lot of fun, and I’ve been meaning to do another one of these. I could never quite find the time, but now the time feels very right. One of my good pals here in Philadelphia needs a hand with medical expenses after some surgeries and hospitalizations that have been going for the good part of the last two years. She’ll be launching a GoFundMe soon, and I’ll be sure to link that up. Combine that with some ..read more
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A Collection of Favorite Resources From Authors & Industry Insiders
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by Eric Smith
3M ago
One of the things I absolutely delight in when it comes to working in publishing, is trying to push as much free information as I can into the hands of people who have questions. Sure, you can see my own query tips page here, where I have query letters, book proposals, and all kinds of good stuff available. But so many of my wonderful colleagues in this business have their own collection of free and accessible tips and insights, just waiting for you to gobble them up. I thought I’d pool together a bundle of my favorites, and I hope you’ll find some good tips in here. In fact, I know you will ..read more
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Crafting Non-Fiction Book Proposals: Fight Magic Items by Aidan Moher
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by Eric Smith
4M ago
Much like Mary Kenney (I posted her proposal for Gamer Girls just the other day), Aidan Moher is another non-fiction author I was following for a long time before we ended up working together. And as always, I have to preface a project like this with exactly that. Some non-fiction happens because an agent or an editor sees what you’re up to, and reaches out with a “hey I think you’ve got a book in you” sort of email. This was the case with Aidan and Fight Magic Items, a book that was born of his fantastic, moving essays about playing JRPGs. How did the proposal come together? What did it look ..read more
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Book Deals: Steven Underwood's Memoir Forever for the Culture Acquired by Beacon Press
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by Eric Smith
4M ago
As an agent, it’s always such a thrill when you finally find that right project with a writer you’ve been a fan of for a while. And Steven Underwood is definitely a writer I’ve followed for a while. His pieces on MTV, BET, Essence, and Level are frequently moving and illuminating, and I’ve sent his essay on Tor.com around to so many people. And in 2024, I’ll get to send his memoir around to folks. FOREVER FOR THE CULTURE: NOTES FROM THE NEW BLACK DIGITAL ARTS RENAISSANCE, is a blend of personal memoir and social commentary, discussing the fact that Black culture has been shaping the landscape ..read more
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Crafting Non-Fiction Book Proposals: Gamer Girls by Mary Kenney
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by Eric Smith
4M ago
Wow, it has been a while since I wrote one of these! Apologies, especially because you’re about to get quite a few of them. Years ago, I met Mary Kenney though her former gig at Telltale Games. I’d been a wild fan, following along, finding out what games she had written. I knew she was someone I was going to want to work with at some point. And this is why, as I state on social media all the time, it’s so important to have a homebase with your contact info, published clips, and the like, particularly when you want to write non-fiction. Agents and editors are keeping an eye out for people who ..read more
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Book Deals: K. Ancrum's ICARUS Acquired by HarperTeen!
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by Eric Smith
5M ago
I’ve said this before about working with Kayla, and I’ll say it again… I was a fan long before I was given the chance to work on her astonishing novels. I adored The Wicker King something fierce, and considered myself so wildly lucky when I got to work with her on Darling, A Murder of Crows, and well… some more things in the pipeline. Including these new books, heading your way in 2024. Let’s talk about ICARUS! Here’s the blip from Publisher’s Weekly: Stephanie Stein at HarperTeen has bought World English rights, in a two-book deal, to K. Ancrum’s romantic YA thriller ICARUS, a reimagining o ..read more
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Book Deals: Tiana Smith's Adult Debut, THE SPY AND I, Acquired by Berkley
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by Eric Smith
8M ago
Tiana Smith’s latest Young Adult rom-com, How to Speak Boy, holds a special place in my agent heart. After-all, it’s a novel centered around speech and debate, something that I made my entire personality when I was in high school. It was like she wrote that book just for me. And now, I’m so pleased to announce she’s written her adult debut, and it’ll be out with Berkley next year… with a sequel to follow! Here’s a bit more about it from Publisher’s Marketplace: Tiana Smith’s adult debut THE SPY AND I, an action-packed romcom about a case of mistaken identity, when the heroine is confused for ..read more
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Book Deals: Tawny Lara's DRY HUMPING to Quirk Books
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by Eric Smith
8M ago
I remember calling Tawny when this book proposal hit my inbox, because I needed it immediately. Her voice, her message, her history of tackling this topic… she was THE person to write this book, and a writer I desperately wanted to work with. And now, just a few months later, here we are. So happy to say that Tawny Lara’s debut book, DRY HUMPING, will be published with Quirk Books next year. Here are some details about the perfectly titled book: Contributor to Playboy, Men's Health, HuffPost, and cohost of the Recovery Rocks podcast Tawny Lara's DRY HUMPING: A BOOZE-FREE GUIDE TO SEX, DATING ..read more
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Book Deals: Adam Sass' Your Lonely Nights are Over to Viking!
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by Eric Smith
8M ago
When Surrender Your Sons hit the Young Adult scene, the vibrations could be felt. That debut novel racked up the best of lists and won a bundle of well-deserved awards. I loved watching the book world celebrate when Adam landed his major deal with Viking for his rom-coms, and well… he wasn’t going to leave thrillers behind. His latest, YOUR LONELY NIGHTS ARE OVER, has been scooped up by the team at Viking, and oh boy, it is great. Here’s some details from Publisher’s Marketplace: Adam Sass's YOUR LONELY NIGHTS ARE OVER, pitched as Scream meets Clueless, in which two gay teen BFFs find their ..read more
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Book Deals: Sophie Saint Thomas' WEED WITCH to Running Press!
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by Eric Smith
8M ago
Well, Sophie Saint Thomas is revving up to publish her FIFTH book, my friends. With Glamour Witch publishing earlier next year and this latest title, she is continuing to be an unstoppable force. Sophie’s newest book, WEED WITCH, will be published with Running Press next year. Here’s a bit more about it from Publisher’s Marketplace: Author of FINDING YOUR HIGHER SELF and SEX WITCH Sophie Saint Thomas's WEED WITCH, a witch's guide to all things cannabis: spells and rituals using weed, consuming cannabis to enhance tarot and other magical practices, incorporating CBD into a wellness routine, a ..read more
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