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.
Go wish them all the congrats, and then, have yourself a healthy snack to celebrate all these happy feelings. I sure will.
Oh, hello #PitMad / #PitchMatch / 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
I’d LOVE to get the first book into more hands before the second comes out, so if you’d like a review copy to review on your blog or post about on Goodreads, drop me an email! It’s digital only, so I’ll be gifting a copy your way via Amazon or Barnes & Noble, as those are the easiest for me. Sorry, no .PDFs or anything like that.
Since it’s a digital book, it doesn’t matter where you are. This is open internationally. Just drop me an email (ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com) with a link to your blog or Goodreads profile, and if you’re an active reviewer, I’ll happily gift a book your way.
And no, you don’t have to worry about followup “omg did you review the book yet?!” emails. If you review it, great. If not, that’s fine too.