Upcoming Bookish Events this Spring

Wow, this month has been a whirlwind of awesome. I ran around like crazy during Philly Tech Week, participated in an awesome gameshow event at National Mechanics, and had my (sold out!) Creative Mornings talk earlier this month.

I should have a video of that soon, but for now, here’s my favorite picture.

And here are a few more fun things coming up soon.

Hang On With Aaron Nevins: Friday, April 18th
A local comedy talk show in Philly, featuring celebrated comedian Michellen Biloon as a guest.

Reading & Signing @ University of Penn Bookstore: Tuesday, April 22nd
Togather and Barnes & Noble College invited me do three talks and signings in the Philly area. This is the first one, at the Penn bookstore. I’m excited about this, since the last time I read there was when I self published my first novel years ago.

Signing at C2E2 in Chicago: Saturday, April 26th
I’m heading to C2E2 with Quirk, and will be signing on Saturday. 2:30PM, Booth 520.

Reading & Signing @ Drexel University Bookstore: Monday, April 28th
The second reading with Togather and Barnes & Noble College, this time at Drexel.

There will also be a release party for The Asteroid Belt Almanac (Head & the Hand Press) sometime in the middle of May at Indy Hall. I have an essay in that book, along with my friends Christopher Wink and Christine Neulieb. Really excited to see that on my bookshelf.


Found in Translation: The Geek’s Guide to Dating [Update: German!]

OMG you guys. I’m super excited to announce that The Geek’s Guide to Dating is getting translated! I’m keeping a running list here, and will update as more come in.

As of now, the book will be appearing in five languages. German, Croatian, French, Portuguese, and Simplified Chinese. Details about each translation and the publisher are below!

UPDATE: More good news! DuMont will be publishing the book in GERMAN. You can learn more about the publisher on their official website. More details on that soon. Five translations! What a dream!

Profil Knjiga (Profile Books) will be publishing the book in CROATIAN. You can check out their blog here, and follow them on Twitter here. Publication date is TBA.

Bragelonne, a publisher in France, will be publishing the book in FRENCH, with a publication date set for this June! Which means I’ll definitely be posting the cover soon. I seriously can’t wait to see what they do with it. You can check them out on Twitter here, and scope out their official website.

Gente Editora, a publisher from Brazil, will be publishing the book in PORTUGUESE. The publication date for the Brazilian edition is TBA, but for now, you can follow the publisher on Twitter, Facebook, and check out their official website.

Shanghai Dook Publishing will be publishing the book in SIMPLIFIED CHINESE, the character set they use in Mainland China. Pretty amazing to be working with this publisher. They published this guy in China.

Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited. I can’t wait to post pictures of the books when they come in. A huge thank you to Quirk’s legendary Subsidiary Rights & Licensing Manager, Katherine McGuire. You are amazing at what you do!

Signing Books in Chicago @ C2E2!

Hey friends!

I’m heading to C2E2 with Quirk Books, April 25th to the 27th, and will be signing books at the convention on Saturday, April 26th. If you happen to be at the con, swing by the #520 booth at 2:30pm.

I’ll be there all weekend working the con with Quirk too, of course. So really, come say hello whenever.

Oh, and head on over to the Quirk blog, where you can enter to win some books! See you at the convention!

Textual Healing Going Out of Print

Back in November of 2010, I self published my first novel.

A silly little rom-com that I’d been working on during my undergrad and through graduate school, Textual Healing was a book I had a great time writing. It was a love letter to a lot of people in my life, with characters I named after people and places I adored throughout the story. When I couldn’t find a literary agent or a publishing house to take it (though it was close!), I decided to put it out myself. Tim designed the cover, I had some friends look over the copy, and off it went.

The results were fun! I had an awesome release party with some of my close friends, the book got some nice press locally and from book bloggers. I gave a reading at Penn, a talk at Arcadia. It introduced me to my pal Peter, who wrote a song inspired by the book. My pal Jay did too. And so did my friend John Landers.

Man, I need to post their music up here soon.

Also, it helped me introduce my writing to colleagues, and taught me a lot about the world of publishing. Especially what’s required of an author. I wrote a post about what I learned, which still gets a lot of hits, here.

However, the book was full of typos, grammatical mistakes, and lots of other issues. And now that people are coming across my writing with The Geek’s Guide and my YA novel, they’re coming across this book with all its errors. And the reviews are… not good. Which is totally understandable. And it isn’t really an accurate representation of my writing anymore.

So, I’m taking it out of print with AuthorHouse this month.

Not quite sure what’ll happen with the book after. Maybe I’ll get it re-edited and re-packaged, and release it as a free Kindle book. Or maybe my agent and I will pitch it around again. Who knows! What I am going to do, is order a box of them just to have and to send to people. So if you’d like to request a copy before it goes away, let me know. You can email me at ericsmithrocks@gmail.com, and we’ll figure something out.

And to my friends and family who supported this little novel, thank you. It had a good run, and you helped make it. <3