On September 17th, 2017 by eric

Paternity Leave: Closed for Submissions Until 2018

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Hey everyone!

If you follow me on the ol' social media, this shouldn't be much of a surprise. But just in case you stumble across this lil' website while looking for agents, here it is. I'm closed for queries for the rest of 2017, with the exception of referrals and conference or contest requests.


I'm on paternity leave! It's baby time in the Smith household. And with a mini book tour in October, all while the baby is around... well, I'm going to need to take a breather, and dedicate my time to my family and current roster of clients, who are also much like my family. *hearts*

Book wise, things look good for the last half of the year though.

banner books fall spring

  • These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips is out now with HarperTeen! This is my first published book as an agent, so it's a big deal for me. We are gearing up to announce details regarding her second HarperTeen book, The Girl You Thought I Was, very soon. I think you're all going to love it.
  • Come the end of December, you'll also be able to catch Lindsey Smith's cookbook, Eat Your Feelings, due out with Wednesday Books / St. Martin's Press. This book is going to help a lot of people, with its body-positive messaging and mental-health angle, and I'm just so proud of it.

So yes! It's a busy last half of the year, and an awesome launch in 2018, especially with covers and release dates for Laurel Amberdine's Luminator (REUTS), Kati Gardner's Brave Enough (Flux), and Anna Hecker's When the Beat Drops (Sky Pony), all due out in the Spring of 2018, relatively soon-ish.

And there are a few book babies that are just about ready to be announced, which I'll be updating ya'll on here in between naps.

I'll still be looking at projects through Twitter pitch events like #PitMad #DVPit and the like when they are live, and conferences (I'm still attending these conferences through the fall!). I'm also happily taking referrals from colleagues and clients. But otherwise, I'm on a break, and won't be digging through the query box.

You can keep up to date with all my wonderful authors via this Twitter list, as they are all going to be up to awesome things over the next year or two.

I'll open back up to submissions in mid-January. Thanks!

2 responses to “Paternity Leave: Closed for Submissions Until 2018”

  1. Jerome says:

    Eric, I'm sincerely happy for you and the Mrs! Not just "words", as I am an experienced dad; I have a 22 year old young man, and 17 year old girl of my own. I have so many fond memories of their upbringing (insert long, exasperated happy-sigh here). It wasn't easy...but is sho-wuz-fun! Jacked up, horrific English is by design for emphasis!

  2. Lee St. John says:

    Good luck on mini-tour. Enjoy kisses with baby. Exciting times. I have an appointment with you in Atlanta. I will be that "quirky humor memoir" writer (as mentioned in 'what you are looking for' section of your website)that I'm hoping you will like. See you in a month. ~Lee

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