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Me? I’m an author, blogger, and literary agent. I write, read, and live in Richmond 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 Richmond, Virginia.
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, will be out 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 writing has appeared in the Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and on Philly.com during his time in Philadelphia. 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 BookRiot, Barnes & Noble’s Blog, 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 Rosemont College and 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 Richmond after ten years in Philadelphia. You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks. His writing is represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary.