Branded: Pre-order the Sequel to Inked, Get Signed Postcards & Tattoos!

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Well, it’s that time.

Branded, the sequel to Inked, had a pretty wild ride. But now, it’s finally almost here, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

To celebrate, I’m running a little pre-order giveaway. Since my duology is a digital-only series, I wanted to be able to give my awesome readers a little something to actually hold onto.

So! If you pre-order Branded, you’ll get a set of signed postcards of the covers, an Inked and Branded quote postcard set designed by rockstar author and illustrator Ashley Poston, and a handful of temporary tattoos!

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As you know from Inked, the characters have magical, moving tattoos. And the nature imagery is a big deal in the book. So I’ve ordered a ton of these fantastic Tattify tattoos. Every pre-order-er will get a few, and you can request gold or silver when you email me.

You know, because the books are about tattoos and magic and stuff.

You can pre-order it from anywhere eBooks are sold:

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

iTUNES

KOBO

All you have to do is send your proof of pre-order to me at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com. It can be a screenshot of your order, a forward of the email, whatever you want. And since the swag items are light and made of paper… this pre-order campaign is international! Hooray! Swag will be mailed out the week the book is published.

As for the story in Branded… well, it’s been about two years since Inked, so here’s what it’s all about, taken right from the Bloomsbury website, because they are way better at explaining my writing than I am:

In Inked, Caenum discovered his destiny.

Now, in Branded, he must fight for it.

As the final battle approaches, Caenum must choose his own path one last time… or it will be decided for him.

After narrowly escaping the soldiers of the Citadel six months ago, farmboy-turned-rebel Caenum is now at the head of the rebel army. He and his fellow Conduits, practitioners of an ancient, forbidden magic, have spread across the Realm, freeing city after city from the Citadel’s tyrannical grip. But in the midst of their rebellion, a traitor lurks. And when their safe haven is destroyed, Caenum and his friends must flee deeper into the wilds than ever before. Because he has something the Citadel wants–a weapon that could change everything. A weapon he must protect at all costs.

In this thrilling new sequel to Inked, Eric Smith delivers a heart-pounding conclusion to the battle between magic and free will.

I hope you all like it. <3

How to Nail an In-Person Pitch: Some Questions You Should Be Ready For

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I love taking in-person pitches at publishing conferences.

It’s how I found Lindsey Smith (her book, Eat Your Feelings, comes out with St. Martin’s Press next year!), and I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to talk with numerous writers around the country. About their books, about their platforms, all kinds of good stuff, sharing advice as well as dishing out suggestions for their projects.

But without fail, at every conference I attend, there are certain questions I ask that seem to trip writers up. And sometimes, not having answers to those questions sends up serious red flags.

So I thought I’d do a little post, to dish out some tips for those of you pitching agents and editors in-person. Because while you may have polished that pitch to perfection, you’re going to need to answer these kind of questions. Read more

Deals: Suggested Reading by Dave Connis Acquired by Katherine Tegen Books

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When I offered to represent Dave Connis, his debut novel sold ten days later.

But that’s not what this post is about.

When Dave first queried me, I asked to read his book immediately. I devoured his hilarious and heartwrenching YA contemporary novel, Suggested Reading, in just a few days. The story of a teen that starts a black market library in her locker after her school bans classic books… well, it was one I couldn’t put down. I laughed. I cried. And the emails that Dave and I had already swapped told me we were a perfect match.

However, Suggested Reading would have to wait.

The first book of his to get acquired was The Temptation of Adam, which will be out in the Fall of 2017 with Sky Pony Press. You can add it to your Goodreads here, btw. He’s been busy editing that beautiful book with his rockstar editrix, Nicole Frail, while I’ve been off pitching his second novel.

And I’m thrilled to say that Suggested Reading will be published by Katherine Tegen Books in 2019, acquired by Claudia Gabel.

I’m psyched to see Dave joining this fantastic HarperCollins imprint. They publish stunning books by authors I’m a massive fan of, like Mindy McGinnis, Mackenzi Lee, Brittany Cavallaro, and Stacey Lee. They published the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, which launched an epic YA franchise. And I’m beyond thrilled that Dave will be alongside them.

Here’s the announcement, from Publisher’s Marketplace.

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Be sure to follow Dave, his editor Claudia Gabel, and Katherine Tegen Books on Twitter, and wish all of them congrats.

I knew you could do it Dave. Proud of you.

Found in Translation: The Geek’s Guide to Dating in Spanish

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On Valentine’s Day last week, I was sent a rather lovely surprise from the team at Quirk Books.

The Geek’s Guide to Dating, my lil’ non-fiction humor book that published in 2013, sold into Spanish. It’s out now with Ediciones B, a publisher in Mexico, and I’ve started seeing a few reviews popping up for it. Which is just so much fun.

Here are a few more photos of it. It’s the first time a translation of the book has gotten new art and a different cover, which is exciting, though I do of course love the work of my pal Juan Carlos Solon. It kinda looks like the redone work of like, Final Fantasy III, you know?

Anyhow, I love it. Big thank you to the foreign rights team at Quirk!  Read more