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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, a snuggly pet chinchilla, a bunny rabbit that thinks it’s people, 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 an Associate 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 (soon to be ten!) 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, will be 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, and you can learn more about the adoption-themed collection here.

His next novel and first print Young Adult book, The Dryad of Fairmount Park, will be out with Flux in June 2018.

During his time in Philadelphia, his writing appeared in the Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and on Philly.com. He’s also written for BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Boing Boing, and Geekosystem (now part of The Mary Sue). He’s a regular contributor to Book Riot, Barnes & Noble’s Blog, Publishing Crawl, and Paste Magazine, writing mostly about YA books.

His essays have appeared in Philadelphia’s Apiary literary journal, the Bygone Bureau, and in The Head & the Hand Press’ Asteroid Belt Almanac.

Along with Facebook designer Tim Quirino, he co-founded of Geekadelphia, a hyperlocal blog in Philadelphia, covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love. In 2011, he co-founded the Philadelphia Geek Awards with the Academy of Natural Sciences, a ceremony honoring local geeks. He’s since handed off the blog and the show to his friends back in town.

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. He’s taught at a number of colleges, including Peirce College, Holy Family University, and Montgomery County College. His Mom keeps his degrees hanging in his childhood home, and won’t give them back.

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.

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.

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Aaron
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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!
Aaron

eric
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I’ll check it out. Email me sometime!

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[...] 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. [...]

[…] 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. […]

[…] 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! […]

[…] 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 […]

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