The Geek’s Guide to Dating: $3.99 eBook Sale [And a Bonus Contest!]

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Get your eReaders ready, kids. For the whole month of May, The Geek’s Guide to Dating is on sale for only $3.99!

You can pick it up on the following eReaders:

Now sales are great, but hey, let’s have a BONUS CONTEST.

If you buy The Geek’s Guide to Dating on any of those platforms and email me a screenshot of your receipt, you’ll be entered to win some awesome prizes.

ONE lucky winner will get their likeness illustrated by Juan Carlos Solon, the artist behind the gorgeous pixel images in The Geek’s Guide to Dating.

You might recognize a lot of his work from places like Wired, BuzzFeed, and awesome, awesome video games. You can check out his crazy portfolio here. It’ll come printed and framed. Here’s what his pixel people look like, as seen in Chapter 2′s opening page:

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THREE winners will win a framed, signed copy of The Geek’s Guide to Dating poster. There are only a handful of these left, and Quirk gave them out at places like New York Comic Con, C2E2, and more.

And there you have it! Just send me proof of your order (ericsmithrocks@gmail.com), and I’ll enter you into the contest. And yes, this is open internationally.

Good luck, and happy reading!

And Lauren, that’s still my favorite photo of my book EVER. You’re amazing.

Events in May: Sabaa Tahir @ Doylestown Books, Book Expo America, & More!

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Well, most of Spring was hella busy. Between starting a new job and heading to AWP, I was pretty all over the place. It was all kinds of fun, and it looks like May is shaping up to be just as fun.

Here’s where you can find me this month!

Sabaa Tahir @ the Doylestown Bookshop
Thursday, May 7th
It’ll be my great pleasure to host a conversation with Sabaa Tahir at the Doylestown Bookshop in early May!

She’ll be signing copies of her astonishing debut, An Ember in the Ashes, which is one incredible YA novel. I listed it as one of the most anticipated reads of 2015 over on The Huffington Post, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I’ll be re-reading it next week so I have good questions, promise.

If you’re in the area, come on out. I suspect a lot of fabulous local authors will be there, and it’ll be a really fun evening.

Chatting with the Brandywine Valley Writers Group
Tuesday, May 19th
My pal Jim Breslin is part of the Brandywine Valley Writers Group, a group of authors who meet every month at Ryan’s Pub in West Chester, PA. I’ll be hopping the SEPTA and swinging by to chat about publishing, agenting, writing… all that good stuff.

It’s open to anyone, as they are always looking for new members, so swing by and have a drink!

Tell Me a Story @ Shot Tower Coffee
Wednesday, May 20th
Two events in two days? EEK! I’m really excited to be returning to Hilary Rea’s wonderful Tell Me a Story storytelling event at Shot Tower Coffee. I participated in one last year, telling stories from my days of touring with bands, and this time around… well, I’m not quite sure what I’ll ramble about, but I’m psyched never the less.

Book Expo America
Thursday, May 28th – Saturday, May 30th
AH! It’s time for BEA! My favorite convention of the year. This is the first year I’ll be attending as a literary agent / press. I’ll be there looking for cool new books with BookRiot, and scouting out new authors when I can.

So personal author events scheduled just yet, but you’ll definitely see me wandering the floor and hanging out. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, and say hi!

Listen to Live @ the Kelly Writers House

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Last month, I had the absolute pleasure of reading at the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, something that’s been on my “OMG I WANT TO DO THAT” list for a very long time.

I was joined by a number of local authors I adore and admire, including E.C. Myers (@ecmyers), Katherine Locke (@bibliogato), Lauren Saft (@lsafticle), I.W. Gregorio (@iwgregorio), and Tiffany Schmidt (@TiffanySchmidt). Everyone read a lil’ something, answered a question or two, and hung out afterwards to chat with the many people that showed up.

I was thrilled to see familiar faces from graduate school in the audience, a number of local friends, as well as a bunch of blogger / author buddies who came on out. Those of you who came, thank you SO much!

If you missed it, don’t worry! The Kelly Writers House uploaded the reading to their website this weekend, and you can listen to all of us read. You can even hear me gush about E.C. Myers and how he helped with my manuscript. It’s a true story, and I’ll never stop saying thanks. Read more

A New Chapter, Turning a Page, [Insert Additional Book Metaphor Here]

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At this point, most of the Bookternet seems to know. But in case you didn’t hear, after five years at the fabulous Quirk Books, I’m packing up my little toy-decorated office this week.

Several New York Times bestsellers, books that won numerous awards, a dozen (mostly) viral book trailers, several bookish websites, plenty of social network profile launches, the publication of my own book, tons of conventions, and thousands upon thousands of books mailed to bloggers… it’s been a really wonderful and fulfilling experience, working with all the awesome people at Quirk.

But, it’s time for a new chapter, as they say. A new challenge.

This month, I’m jumping into a new career as a literary agent with P.S. Literary. Read more

Spring Events: Conferences & Readings in Philly and Minneapolis!

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The weather is getting warmer and my calendar is getting fuller. At last, I can go outside again.

The Spring brings with it a lot of fun events. I’ll be flying out to Minneapolis for a few days for AWP and a book event, and doing some really exciting things around town in Philadelphia at the end of March.

Here’s a quick roundup! If you’re going to any of these events or conferences, give a shout!

Philadelphia Stories’ Writers at Work Conference
March 22nd, 2015
What the… Eric Smith, opening keynote? This is happening, at an awesome writers conference right outside Philadelphia. I’ll be dishing out advice for authors on using social media.

Should be a fun time, and I’m joined at the conference by the fantastic Colleen Reese. More info on the conference can be found here.

Live at the Kelly Writers’ House
March 30th, 2015
This is going to be one magical Monday. I’m joining E.C. Myers, Lauren Saft, Katherine Locke, and I.W.Gregorio at the Kelly Writers’ House for at YA night and discussion.

We’ll all be reading a little something and answering questions, and I’m just so excited to actually be reading something I wrote at the KWH. What an honor! And I get to hang with authors I admire! It’s open to the public, so come on out, Philly friends! 7pm!

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
April 8th – 11th, 2015
So I’m hopping on a plane to Minneapolis for the AWP conference. I’ll be on a panel Thursday night, April 9th, with Meredith Rich (my super editor at Bloomsbury Spark) and Dawn Frederick (my awesome literary agent).

We’ll be discussing the revision process, and how editors, agents, and authors best work together. More information on the panel can be found here.

Reading & Signing at SubText Books
April 11th, 2015
On my last day in Minneapolis, I’ll be reading and signing books with the one and only Steve Brezenoff, author of Guy In Real Life, my absolute favorite book of 2014. Needless to say, I am incredibly psyched about this. There’s a Facebook event page open for it, so if you’re in town, RSVP!