Your Story is Welcome, An Adoption Short Story Microsite

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A big part of why I wanted Welcome Home to happen was the lack of adoption stories floating around for kids. I wanted teenagers to see themselves in the stories they’re reading. In all ways. Happy stories, sad stories, stories that’ll make them angry.

And I also wanted to encourage them to tell stories themselves.

So, as a part of Welcome Home, I’m launching Your Story Is Welcome.

What is it?

So, Your Story Is Welcome is a microsite tied into the book. And yes. I know. I did book marketing for years. I know microsites for books are generally a bad idea. But this isn’t just about the book.

It’s about the kids the book is written for.

Here, I’m encouraging young writers and guest authors to pen their own adoption-centered short stories, and send them on over to be published on the website.

How Will it Work?

Writers can send over their short stories, and if the story is accepted (I can’t take everything!), I’ll commission a piece of artwork for the story. I’ll also be tapping guest editors for each short. You might get an editor at a big publishing house, you might get an author you love, you might get a literary agent. It’ll be a fun surprise.

I have some wonderful volunteers lined up and ready to play along, including Adi Alsaid, Sangu Mandanna, Nic Stone, and Dave Connis. Want to be a guest editor? Let me know.

The stories will be published on the microsite, and hopefully, they’ll get shared around a bit due to the joys of Tumblr. If you’re wondering who owns the story after it’s published on the website… the answer is you. Do whatever you want with the story after. Please. I don’t want the rights to anything.

Guidelines & How to Submit

Short stories should be around 2,000 words or less, and centered around adoption. They can be entirely fictional or based on personal experience. You can send your story in right to me at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com, and tell me a little about yourself. Simple as that. You’ll hear back pretty quickly.

Are you a teacher, foster parent, librarian, adoptive parent, youth center worker, etc. who knows someone that might want to participate? Do you want some flyers and postcards to share? Please email me (ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com) with your address, and I will send you a bundle of free postcards in the mail to giveaway to students and colleagues.

The postcards are lovely with gorgeous quotes on the front, and the flyers are short one-sheets that will explain how to send in a story. Thanks to Ashley Poston for designing these. Please buy all her books, past and future.

How to Download Flyers & Postcards

You can download the flyer here, and save the images from the postcards below, if you just want to print them out yourself to hang around or pass out. That’s fine too, of course!

Note, that these files are BIG, so these are going to load up pretty giant on your screen when you open them.

Questions?

I’m here to answer them. Email away. Thank you! Read more

Happy Book Birthday to Rebecca Phillips & These Things I’ve Done!

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Oh wow. Today is the day.

Rebecca Phillips’ THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is in our stores everywhere today with HarperTeen! It’s a beautiful contemporary story about friendship, loss, and trauma. Readers meet Dara, a teen girl living with the crushing guilt of accidentally killing her best friend, as she returns to her old high school to answer for what she’s done.

She’s punishing herself, even though she doesn’t have to. She feels like she deserves it. And while sure, not all of us have accidentally killed a friend (at least, I’d hope not!), the feeling of thinking you deserve to be treated poorly and deserve to suffer for something… that’s universal. And the message that you don’t have to feel that way, is just so important.

That it’s okay to let go, and it’s okay to try to forgive yourself… it’s a story I’m so proud of Rebecca for writing.

From amazing blurbs from Lauren Gibaldi, Gina Ciocca, and Charlotte Huang, to the lovely reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal (not online yet, but you can see it on B&N!), Rebecca’s book has had quite the journey, and I’m so excited for you to see what she does next.

I’m lucky enough to already know, and hopefully we can share soon.

You can order Rebecca’s book wherever books are sold; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, your local indie bookseller… you name it. And if you’re a blogger, bookseller, and/or librarian, you can still request a review copy off Edelweiss.

I got sent a bundle of agent copies, and while most of them have already gone out to bloggers who wanted to read the book (thank you!), I’ve put a few up for giveaway on Goodreads. You can enter here.

Rebecca’s also got a blog tour going on. Check out some of the stops for chances to win cool prizes and learn fun facts about the book and Rebecca’s writing process.

I met Rebecca through Carly Watters, my superstar colleague and friend at P.S. Literary, and I’m just happy she brought us together. It’s wild to think how I was still living in Philadelphia, and now, two states later, the book is here.

I cried pretty openly in a little cafe in South Philadelphia the day I got the email with her offer, right in front of my dear Allie Ilagan. I’m so happy someone was there to share that moment with me. Allie, there’s a copy of Rebecca’s book in the mail for you right now.

Huge thank you to P.S. Literary, Carly Watters, Catherine Wallace at HarperTeen and the entire Harper / EpicReads team, for this lovely moment.

And of course, to Rebecca. Thanks for letting me play a little part in your amazing writing career. Let’s get to work on that next big thing.

Nook Daily Find: The Geek’s Guide to Dating is $1.99 for San Diego Comic Con

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Whoa!

Barnes & Noble picked The Geek’s Guide to Dating as their Daily Find for San Diego Comic Con! It’s currently just $1.99 on the Nook, and will be all day today (7/20) and through end-of-day tomorrow.

My lil’ non-fiction humor book came out with Quirk Books back in 2013, and has had quite the wild ride. If you haven’t checked it out yet, now is a good time!

The Geek’s Guide to Dating: Nook, $1.99

That photo is by Lauren Reads YA, and will forever be my favorite picture of my book.

Deals: Grown Up Drinks by Sam Slaughter Acquired by Andrews McMeel

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When Sam Slaughter first queried me with his first amazing cocktail book idea, I was ecstatic. I signed him right away, we dove into the work, and got him out on submission within a month.

And that week, several major publishers purchased very similar books, and the project was dead.

But here’s the thing. To know Sam, is to know someone with limitless ideas and boundless enthusiasm. We kicked around fresh concepts, in long email threads that very likely hold the seeds of his next book. And Grown Up Drinks was born.

In Grown Up Drinks, Sam teachers readers how to make a number of original cocktails that taste just like the beverages we’ve all grown so nostalgic for. Want to make Echo Cooler using ingredients found behind your bar? How about a Capri Sun? Ssips? Remember those? Sam does. And this book collects the drinks you grew up loving, and instructs how to craft them yourself with a boozy kick.

In addition, it has a bunch of original, pun-filled cocktails inspired by your favorite TV shows and films… such as the Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum. If you just groaned a little, good. Your groans in response to Sam’s bad puns give him strength. He grows strong with each one.

The book is hilarious and the drinks are delicious, and I’m so thrilled to say it’ll be published by Andrews McMeel.

You might know the famous publisher for their work on The Oatmeal’s bestselling comic collections, or you know, CALVIN AND HOBBES. They also publish stunning cookbooks and cocktail books, like Mark Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters & Amari, one of Sam’s favorite recent books. I’m just so thrilled to see him joining this family, with an amazing editor like Allison Adler.

Here are the details from Publisher’s Marketplace:

Spirits editor for The Manual Sam Slaughter’s GROWN UP DRINKS, on how to make cocktails inspired by nostalgic 90′s beverages like Ecto Cooler and Capri Sun as well as original themed craft cocktails like Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum, to Allison Adler at Andrews McMeel, by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary Agency (World).

Head to Twitter and wish Sam all the congrats, and say hi to his new publisher and his rockstar editor, Allison Adler.

Congrats Sam! I knew we’d get here.