INKED: Pre-order the Book, Get Swag!

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Now that the cover is revealed (again, thank you, Adam Silvera, Susan Dennard, and Publishing Crawl!), and the blog tour is scheduled, it's time to announce the pre-order campaign for INKED, my debut YA novel coming out with this month with Bloomsbury Spark, the digital imprint of Bloomsbury.

Why throw a pre-order campaign? Not just to drive sales. Not just to support the fabulous Bloomsbury marketing team (and fabulous they are!). But to say THANK YOU for supporting the book early on. Plus, since this is a digital exclusive series, I wanted to be able to hook my readers up with something tangible. Something you guys can hold on to.

The book is currently available for pre-order via:


If you pre-order the book, send me an email with a photo or a screenshot of your receipt (ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com), and that's that! You'll get your swag, limited swag, or awesome prize, should you win it.

Okay, so, here's what we've got. (more…)

Daft Punk & The Joys of Finishing What You've Started

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In the Spring of 2012, my pal Tim Quirino and I had a wacky idea. Let's dress up like Daft Punk for our annual show, the Philadelphia Geek Awards.

We had a few months, so we saved our pennies and hunted down some custom helmets on Etsy. I went with the Guy-Manuel, while Tim opted for the Thomas Bangalter look. Then we spent a few weeks working on the gloves, which we had to cut out, sand, polish, and paint ourselves. You can check out all the steps for that business here. Took quite a while.

Instead of the awesome Daft Punk leather jacket (or the Get Lucky sparkly suit jacket), we would be wearing our tuxedos, since this was our black tie event and we wanted to actually enjoy it helmet-less. I promised myself I would get the jacket at some point, take some pictures, etc... but the helmet and gloves simply sat on my shelf, collecting dust.

With the Fall here in Philadelphia and the world outside as gorgeous as it is (seriously, Philly is BEAUTIFUL in the Autumn), I found myself really wanting to take some nice pictures outside. But you know, in a costume. Because I'm an adult. I have plenty of Master Chief suit pictures, and the Rocketeer isn't quite done...

I spotted my Daft Punk helmet on the shelf, and knew what had to happen. It was time to wrap this one up. Jacket. Pants. Shoes. Let's do this. (more…)

And We Have a Cover!

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And we have a cover! Hooray!

Last week, while I was on a little writing retreat with one of my best buds and my fiancee (I'll write more about that in a future post), Publishing Crawl revealed the cover to INKED, my debut YA novel with Bloomsbury Spark.

It was a really exciting day, with the reveal hitting at 9AM on Monday. It was an absolute thrill to see so many of my friends tweeting and posting about the unveiling! Author buddies, publishing pals, friends from Philly and back at home... you guys were all over this, and for that, I sincerely thank every single one of you.

After the reveal, the book cover appeared on MediaBistro's GalleyCat, fed into JacketFlap, and a number of blogs I adore, including Lauren Reads YA, M&EM Reads, A Reader of Fictions (in her Cover Snark column, yes!), Cuddlebuggery, my friends at BookRiot, Nicole's Novel Reads, The Book Loving Nut, and more!

If you posted about the reveal and I missed you, let me know!

It's also now on over 350 bookshelves on Goodreads. Before the reveal, it was just barely beyond 100.

So yay! Thanks again for everyone who shared and promoted the reveal, especially Adam Silvera and Susan Dennard, the two stellar authors over at Publishing Crawl who made it happen. And be sure to go meet Jenny, the stellar designer who created the cover. She rules.

Stayed tuned for more news, including the pre-order campaign, book trailer, blog tour... all that good stuff that leads up to book release. We are going to have a fun time, you guys.  (more…)

On Writing Blurbs: A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne

hero-coverBack in mid-July, Alexandra Edwards (please go follow her on Twitter, she's awesome) over at Big Bang Press shot me an email about one of the first books the new publishing house would be putting out; A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne.

When I told her I'd love to check it out, what arrived in my inbox was one of the funniest, smartest pieces of YA I've ever read. I was thrilled to write a blurb for the book... and I fretted over what I would write for quite a while. I'd never written a blurb before!

I'd been asked, but the few times I've been approached for blurbs it was for books that weren't quite my thing. You shouldn't blurb a book if it isn't something you would want to read, or isn't aligned with your interests. This book? An incredibly geeky YA novel? Yes. Definitely my thing. Bring it.

I was thrilled that my first proper blurb (not including excerpted reviews from BookRiot or The Huffington Post) was for this book. I ended up writing:

“With a mix of sharp, witty dialogue and a detailed, engrossing fantasy world, A Hero at the End of the World reads like a Harry Potter novel written by Douglas Adams. A wonderfully imaginative, hilarious debut novel for geeks of all ages.” —Eric Smith, author of Inked and The Geek's Guide to Dating

And I meant it!

The book comes out next week, and I highly recommend putting in a pre-order for it. I've never read anything quite like it, and I think Erin is going to blow up.

Oh, and here's the blurb from the back of the paperback. And it's in very good company!