An Update on Branded: Coming in 2017


Hey friends!

So, you might notice my next book, Branded, had a publication date change. It’s not coming out tomorrow.

Earlier this Fall, my rockstar editrix Meredith Rich left Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark, for another awesome gig. Branded wasn’t quite done yet, which put the book in an odd little limbo. That’s one of the quirky things about digital publishing. You can keep editing until a few months before the release date.

She’s still editing away, freelancing for Bloomsbury while doing cool things at her new publishing house, but instead of it being released this month, it’ll like come out in January 2017.

I’m patient, I know it’ll be out in the world eventually, so this shouldn’t reflect poorly on anyone involved. I adore Meredith and the team at Bloomsbury, and I’m excited for Inked’s sequel to be in your hands. It’ll just be a little longer.

So hang in there! The adventure continues in 2017.

Book Blogger Giveaway: Awesome Fall 2016 YA Books


Yes, yes, Foxheart isn’t YA. I know.

Hey friends!

It’s been a while since I did one of these. I get sent a lot of awesome books, and don’t get to write about all of them. And sometimes I get sent a finished copy, and don’t need the ARC anymore. Whatever the case, there’s only so much time! But, I know just how important it is for authors and publishers to get reviews of their books.

So, I like to give them away to folks that’ll review them. Plus, ya’ll know how much I love my book blogging friends.

Want to win one of these eight fantastic Fall 2016 titles? That’s easy!

To enter, leave a comment about which book(s) you’re interested in, with a link to your blog. You can also enter using the Rafflecopter for extra entries, but make sure you leave a comment with a link to your blog, so I know you’re actually a blogger.

This is only open to U.S. bloggers, because even though I care, I can’t really go that out of pocket, you guys. I’ll pick a winner sometime next week, as I have to make a post office run for some giveaways I did last week. The post office workers are gonna hate me.

Links go to their respective Goodreads pages, so you can learn more. Good luck!

Transcendent by Katelyn Detweiler (Finished Hardcover): When terrorists bomb Disney World, seventeen-year-old Iris Spero is as horrified as anyone else. Then a stranger shows up on her stoop in Brooklyn, revealing a secret about the mysterious circumstances surrounding Iris’s birth, and throwing her entire identity into question. Everything she thought she knew about her parents, and about herself, is a lie. Suddenly, the press is confronting Iris with the wild notion that she might be “special.” More than just special: she could be the miracle the world now so desperately needs.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (ARC): A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

Foxheart by Claire Legrand (Finished Hardcover): Twelve-year-old Quicksilver dreams of becoming the greatest thief in the Star Lands. With her faithful dog and partner-in-crime Fox, she’s well on her way—even if that constantly lands them both in trouble. It’s a lonesome life, sleeping on rooftops and stealing food for dinner, but Quicksilver doesn’t mind. When you’re alone, no one can hurt you. Or abandon you.

A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray (Finished Hardcover): A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny. The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom…

The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill (Finished Hardcover): Rick Gutierrez is . . . the Cat King of Havana! A cat-video tycoon turned salsa-dancer extraordinaire, he’ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution! At least that’s the plan. It all starts when his girlfriend dumps Rick on his sixteenth birthday for uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he should be out experiencing…

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin (ARC): Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb.

Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley (ARC): Where is home when you were born in the stars? Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend Jason is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She’s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if you’ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that your song can change the world. As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (ARC): Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden…

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So I Favorited Your Tweet in a Twitter Pitch Event [Updated]

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Oh, hello #PitMad / #PitchMatch / #DVPit etc. participants! I didn’t see you there. Come on in, have a seat.

Did I favorite your tweet during a pitch event on the ol’ Twitter? Awesome. That means I want to read your stuff. Gimme. Here’s what to do to make sure I get your query and partial manuscript:

1. Start composing that email! You’re going to want to send your query on over to Please don’t use my personal email here on this blog. When you send an email to the query box, all the agents at P.S. get to see it. That way, if it isn’t for me, someone else might scoop it up. We like to share!

2. In your Subject, put Twitter Request for Eric and the title of your book. There are almost always a few P.S. Literary agents participating in Twitter pitch events, so you want to make sure yours gets to me.

3. In your email, include your Twitter handle, your Twitter pitch, your full query letter, and attach the first 50 pages of your manuscript. Attaching those pages is important. If you paste that much, it’ll probably get cut off.

4. Click send!

If I’m interested, you’ll certainly hear back from me in a few weeks.

Note, this blog post idea was gleefully stolen from Maria, another agent at P.S. Literary who is awesome. Be sure to follow her on Twitter and follow her blog on Tumblr.

Deals: Eat Your Feelings by Lindsey Smith Acquired by St. Martin’s Press


A few months ago, I met Lindsey Smith, The Food Mood Girl at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference.

It was my first time attending my former hometown’s writing conference as a full time literary agent, and I’d been to a number of pitch sessions like this over the past year. It’s the sort of event lots of agents go to, to potentially meet new authors, discuss publishing with people, and network.

When Lindsey sat down and handed me her 40+ page proposal, detailing her platform, biography, publications, and more… it took everything in me not to cry. And ya’ll know I love crying.

The proposal had everything I wanted in a non-fiction author and in a cookbook project, which was something I’d been looking for since I started agenting. During my time working at an actual publishing house, I absolutely adored working on cookbooks and with the passionate food blogging community.

Lindsey’s story is a fantastic one. After being hospitalized for anxiety at a young age, she focused her life on health, happiness, and eating well. Years later, she’s teaching stress management classes to her high school peers. Fast forward a bit more, and she travels the country, inspiring tens of thousands of people to live well and be healthy.

Recently, she’s written about depression for The Huffington Post, had her posts on body image featured on Elite Daily, did a fantastic TED talk, and will be on TV in her town of Pittsburgh. She’s a rockstar. I highly recommend checking out her inspirational blog. The recipes, the advice… everything is so positive and full of humor, wit, and sunshine. It’s impossible not to love.

And now, she’ll have a book out with St. Martin’s Press in the Fall of 2017.


I am THRILLED to say that EAT YOUR FEELINGS has been acquired by St. Martin’s Press by Laura Apperson, and will be in stores everywhere next Fall.

Where most books about emotions and eating have to do with academia and diets, Lindsey’s is a cheerful take on all that. I can’t wait for people to read this, and see a positive, fun-filled way to feel good about themselves, with delicious recipes, encouraging words, and her trademark wit and humor.

You can follow Lindsey at @LindseySmithHHC, and of course, St. Martin’s Press and her new (awesome) editor Laura Apperson at @StMartinsPress and @LCatAp respectively.

Go wish them all the congrats, and then, have yourself a healthy snack to celebrate all these happy feelings. I sure will.