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Me? I'm an author, blogger, and literary agent. I write, read, and live in Ann Arbor with my beautiful wife, my darling son, a pet chinchilla, and an overexcited corgi.

That's the short of it. Here's my longer bio in third person.


Eric Smith is an author, blogger, and literary agent in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

By day, he can be found working as a Literary Agent for P.S. Literary. Curious about what he's looking for? Check out his wishlist. What he's worked on? Here are his recent deals.

When he isn't seeking out new voices and their writing, he fusses over his own.

His first humor book, The Geek's Guide to Dating, was published by Quirk Books in December 2013, and was an Amazon 2013 Best Book of the Year selection in Humor, as well as a Best of the Year pick by PopSugar and Wired's GeekDad. He still can't believe that happened. It was an IndieBound bestseller and has since sold into eight languages.

His debut Young Adult novel, Inked, published with Bloomsbury's digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark in January of 2015. The sequel, Branded, was published in May 2017.

He also occasionally dabbles in short stories, and his anthology, Welcome Home, was released in September 2017 with Flux Books. It features a number of amazing authors, like New York Times bestselling rockstars C.J. Redwine and William Ritter.

His next novel and first print Young Adult book, The Girl and the Grove, will be out with Flux in May 2018.

You can listen to him twice a month on Book Riot's HEY YA podcast, co-hosting with Kelly Jensen. He's also occasionally blogs for Book Riot, Barnes & Noble's Blog, Publishing Crawl, and Paste Magazine, writing mostly about YA books.

Before he became a literary agent with P.S. Literary, Eric could be found at Quirk Books, an indie publishing house in Philadelphia. Here he had the honor of working with a number of awesome people, New York Times bestselling authors, and scores of wonderful books, like William Shakespeare's Star Wars, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Last Policeman series, and the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies series.

Eric holds a B.A. in English from Kean University and an M.A. in English from Arcadia University, two schools he adores. He uses those fancy degrees to teach composition and mentor MFA students at Arcadia University from afar. His Mom keeps his degrees hanging in his childhood home, and won't give them back.

In another life, he used to photograph and tour with rock bands. He was a serious scene kid and even once won a photography award from Alternative Press. Don't believe the scene cred? Check out this Silverstein music video. See someone familiar? That should tell you enough.

A native of New Jersey (don't hate), he currently lives in Ann Arbor after ten years in Philadelphia and one year in Richmond. You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks. His writing is represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary.

13 responses to “About”

  1. [...] Author Eric Smith appeared as an extra in what music video by Fall Out Boy? [...]

  2. Aaron says:

    Hey, Eric!

    I saw that you helped to fund "Alpha" on Kickstarter. My production team (Conspire Films) is working on a campaign to fund our first feature, a horror film about a haunted sky-scraper. I thought you might be interested in supporting us: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/798607634/human-resources-a-corporate-horror-satire

    We're going to be filming a lot of Human Resources in Philadelphia, where bunch of us live. I really hope you consider supporting our local project. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  3. Holy Crap says:


  4. [...] Eric Smith is a blogger, gamer, and publishing geek living and writing in Philadelphia.  He is the co-founder of Geekadelphia and the Philadelphia Geek Awards.  His latest book, The Geek’s Guide to Dating, is due out in December from Quirk Books. [...]

  5. […] Eric Smith appears to be always running through Philly. He has written The Geek’s Guide to Dating and co-founded the popular website Geekadelphia. When not writing at a city cafe, organizing the Philly Geek Awards, or emceeing a local story slam, Eric is making books shine for the independent Philly publisher Quirk Books. He has just published his own YA novel, INKED, and agreed to answer a few questions about writing, tattoos, and all things us literary types like to geek out about. […]

  6. […] Nothing like a good vacation to get you caught up on your reading! Although my vacation was not filled with lying poolside or on the beach, I did get to have some quality time with my Nook on my flights to and from Orlando. And that meant I finally got to finish Inked by Eric Smith! […]

  7. […] Eric Smith, author, literary agent and the original Philly geek, will surprise us with a reading. Eric was one of the first people to pay Chris for freelance writing, way back when Chris wrote about fun Philly things to do for uwishunu — so basically some of our earliest dates were funded by Eric. […]

  8. […] thrilled to announce that I’m now represented by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary! I’m so excited to be working with Eric — he’s a stellar agent who’s also a published […]

  9. […] those books right now to work on a crime thriller. Also, a short story of mine will be part of Eric Smith‘s anthology Welcome Home which features work centering around the themes of adopted and […]

  10. If this is how you write for your bio, then I desperately need to read A Geek's Guide. This cracked me up.

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