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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.
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.