Here’s How to Request Review Copies of Books by Rebecca Phillips, Samira Ahmed, & Dave Connis

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So, over the next few months, a few of the first books I’ve sold as an agent will be rolling out, and I’m so very proud of each and every one of them.

And guess what? You can request free review copies! NetGalley! Edelweiss! Physical copies that I want to re-home! Here’s how.

THESE THINGS I’VE DONE by Rebecca Phillips: This beautifully devastating book will be out with HarperTeen in… gasp, two weeks! And you can still request free review copies via Edelweiss, here. https://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=0062570900

Word on the street my agent copies are on their way, and I will want to re-home a few of them to bloggers who will post about and review them. Want a physical hardcover copy of the book? You are more than welcome to email me with details about your blog. I’ve only got ten though, so supplies are limited. I’ll cross this out when they are all claimed.

THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM by Dave Connis: Fun fact, Dave’s debut was actually the very first book I got to sell in my first months as a Baby Agent™ in 2015, and now it’s here!  You can request a copy on Edelweiss, here. https://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=1510707301.

For those of you who prefer NetGalley, you can request it here. https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/118159

I’ll be getting a few agent copies in August, but don’t have any agent ARCs to send out. If you want to request a physical ARC, you can email the rockstar publicity team at Sky Horse via their website.

LOVE HATE AND OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed: You can currently request Samira’s debut on NetGalley and Edelweiss, here.

Now, if you’re interested in a physical review copy of any of these, feel free to email me (ericsmithrocks@gmail.com), and I’ll forward you on to the respective publicity team. Can’t make any promises, but I’m happy to send your request forward.

Deals: Brave Enough by Kati Gardner Acquired by Flux

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I’m so happy this day is finally here.

When Kati Gardner pitched me her novel, I inhaled it immediately. After I turned off my iPad and stopped crying, I was moved to take on Kati as an author and represent her work not just because her novel was a stirring contemporary read, but because I think it’s important for someone like Kati to be able to tell a story like this one.

Kati’s debut, BRAVE ENOUGH, is about a teen ballerina who loses a leg to cancer… and Kati herself is an amputee and a cancer survivor. The world is full of books with characters living with disabilities and disease, written by people who have never experienced the truth of their fiction.

That needs to change.

Kati’s done sensitivity reading for a number of writers over the past year or so, and at now she gets to tell her own story.

I’m thrilled to say that BRAVE ENOUGH will be published by Flux in the Spring of 2018.

In BRAVE ENOUGH, readers meet Cason, a ballerina pushing herself to the limit, with the opportunity of a lifetime on the line… a scholarship and the chance to join one of the most prestigious ballet troupes in the country. And then there’s Davis, a recovering drug addict, volunteering in his old oncology unit, with the same people who saved him from the cancer that drove him to drugs three years ago.

The two of them collide when Cason is hospitalized, setting them on a path of physical and emotional recovery, as they navigate their new relationship and get ready to attend cancer camp together.

It reads like a mashup of Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, Bunheads by Sophie Flack, Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and I can’t wait for you to read it. 

Here’s the blip from Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf:

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Be sure to send Kati all the congrats on Twitter, and wish her and her editor (hi McKelle!) well.

Kati, I’m so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished. It has been such an honor getting this book out there, and I can’t wait for whatever you do next.

Deals: Speak the Ocean by Rebecca Enzor Acquired by REUTS Publishing

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My goodness, I loved pitching around the first book by Rebecca Enzor.

Whenever I described this quirky genre-blend-of-a-book to people, whether I was talking with friends or querying editors, I talked about it being a mashup of the documentary Blackfish and The Little Mermaid.

Everyone I talked to about it agreed… it sounded weird and wonderful. And that’s exactly what this surprisingly steamy, contemporary-fantasy novel is. A mashup of genre in a book that’s hard to classify, but with story that’s gripping and characters that are just so very lovable. It reminded me of reading Morte by Robert Repino, a book that challenges you to define it, and is unquestionably amazing.

And that’s the sort of book Rebecca has written.

In Speak the Ocean, we meet Finn, a trainer at the world’s first mermaid theme park. He’s got his assumptions about mermaids, or the Mer as they’re known to us humans, but when he meets Evie, all of that goes out the window.

Suddenly he has to risk his life and turn his back on the people he cares about, to let the world know that the park’s ill-treated mermaids are just as human as we are. Because Evie is no ordinary Mer. She’s an ocean princess… and she can talk.

I’m thrilled to say this wonderful book will be published with REUTS next year. I really love this indie press. They took on Laurel Amberdine’s Luminator, which is set to come out in the Spring. They’ve got a passionate team who I just adore, and I’m so glad to see Rebecca’s book in their hands.

Here are the details from Publishers Marketplace:

Rebecca Enzor’s SPEAK THE OCEAN, pitched as THE LITTLE MERMAID meets BLACKFISH, in which a trainer at the world’s first mermaid theme park has to risk his life and turn his back on the people he cares about, to let the world know that the park’s ill-treated mermaids are just as human as we are, to Kisa Whipkey at Reuts, for publication Fall 2018, by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency (World English). Translation: Taryn Fagerness Agency

I often say at conferences and sometimes on Twitter, that if you’re not sure where your book belongs on a bookshelf, it belongs in my inbox. For me, Rebecca’s novel is the definition of that. It’s tough to pin down, and that’s what makes me love it.

And I can’t wait to see Rebecca’s book brought to life, so you can all meet Evie, Finn, and Niku, the most cantankerous dolphin you’ve come come across.

Book Expo & Book Con 2017: First Signings, Accessible Conferences, & POC in Publishing

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I’ve been going to BEA for the past eight years, and Book Con for every year it’s existed… but this year’s Book Expo America and Book Con was extra special. I feel like a little recap is required this time around.

So. Here we go.

The great thing about conferences like these, is you’re able to sit down and talk to industry people in-real-life. Publishing is a personal business. Books and reading taste, it’s all subjective. Being able to talk about what you’re reading, what you love… that in-person experience doing that is so valuable. And I’m so thankful for all the editors who wanted to hangout while I was in town.

But the most emotional part of the entire event, was watching one of my authors do a signing at the convention, and get a copy of her book for the first time.

First up, Wednesday. Read more

Deals: Sangu Mandanna’s Spark of White Fire Trilogy Acquired By Sky Pony Press

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When Sangu Mandanna first pitched me her novel, I shared the query with some of my colleagues at P.S. Literary. I even told a few book nerd friends. I was absolutely freaking out. I’d loved Sangu’s debut novel, The Lost Girl, which came out with Balzer + Bray a few years ago. I was such a fan. I’d even blogged about her before.

No, seriously, see this blog post from early 2015 over on Barnes & Noble’s YA blog.

The response from friends? “Calm down go read the book.” On the agency side of things? My coworker and pal Maria told me to “drop everything and read it.”

So I did.

I mean, of course I did. Not only did I adore Sangu as an author already, but her new book sounded incredible. A YA sci-fi / fantasy mashup space opera inspired by the Mahabharata?! WHAT?! And as I dove in, the prose was gorgeous. The story was heartbreaking. The characters and the world were diverse and lush. And it felt so very important.

Sangu pitched me on December 14th. I requested the full manuscript that day. I sent her a very professional Twitter DM six days later to tell her how much I loved the book. No, really. I did. I am a professional. Read more