Welcome Home: Published Today, And a Massive Thank You

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So Welcome Home is out today.

Gearing up for the launch of this book has been a wild ride. The book almost didn’t happen, and then Flux swept in to save the day. The signings at ALA and BEA, and the panels… I’ve just been beside myself with the turn out. And the reviews have leaving me awestruck. From School Library Journal to Children’s Literature to VOYA, I’m blown away.

“Authors across a variety of genres share stories that range from the fantastical to gritty, but all will touch readers hearts (and cause a few to shed some tears).” – School Library Journal

“This volume earns a place in every YA library and it is up to YA librarians to put it into the hands of teens who need it most.” – VOYA

Just, thank you thank you thank you.

I’ll be hitting the road for a little bit next month, visiting Philadelphia, Jersey City, Nashville, and Orlando to promote the book. I’ll be reading at bookstores and talking at youth centers with a bunch of the contributors in the anthology, and you can check out the dates and stops here.

To all of you who have pre-ordered, signal-boosted, shared, reviewed, and/or talked about this little book, thank you so much. Note that, if you pick up the book today, let me know. I’ve still got a few signed postcards and swag I would be more than happy to send your way.

And speaking of thank yous.

When my editor asked me if I wanted to add an acknowledgements page for Welcome Home, I reluctantly said no. Because really, this isn’t my book. I’ve said that again and again. While I’m lucky enough to have curated this collection, it belongs to everyone inside it.

But, if it was to have a thank you page in the back, specifically just from me? This is what it would say.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

To the lovely people at Flux, especially McKelle George, Mari Kesselring, Megan Naidl, Sam Temple, and Joe Riley, who worked so tirelessly to make this book happen. Thanks for taking a chance on this project. Wrangling up contracts and edits for nearly 30 authors, and organizing signings and panels with a dozen of us at conventions.. it all felt like such an impossible thing, and you all did it.

To my rockstar agent Dawn Frederick, who listens to every rambling idea I have, and told me to get to work on this book when I brought it up on a long drive together to a writers conference… you’re fantastic and unstoppable.

When the world felt like it was crashing down, to all the publishing people, agents, editors, and authors who reached out… it meant more than you know.

To my darling wife Nena who keeps pushing me to write about topics that are deeply personal and close to me. I wouldn’t have tried if you hadn’t have pushed. You’re a force behind-the-scenes, and I will keep making sure everyone knows it.

To the incredible contributors who published their short stories in this collection: Adi Alsaid, Randy Ribay, Nic Stone, Dave Connis, Helene Dunbar, Libby Cudmore, Lauren Gibaldi, Matthew Quinn Martin, Mindy McGinnis, Sammy Nickalls, Shannon M. Parker, Karen Akins, Erica M. Chapman, Julie Eshbaugh, Shannon Gibney, Jenny Kaczorowski, Julie Leung, Sangu Mandanna, Lauren Morrill, Tameka Mullins, C.J. Redwine, William Ritter, Courtney C. Stevens, Kate Watson, Stephanie Scott, Natasha Sinel, and Tristina Wright.

This book only exists because of your words. So to you, the biggest thank you. I can’t wait to see what good this book can do, and to keep sharing every moment with you, even if you are tired of my massive email updates. They aren’t going to stop. Sorry not sorry.

To the number of authors who helped point me in the right direction while putting this collection together. To Becky Albertalli, Nova Ren Suma, Gayle Forman, Justina Ireland, Beth Revis, I.W. Gregorio, Sona Charaipotra, Kim Liggett, E.C. Myers, and Dahlia Adler… all of whom sent a number of writers my way, and made suggestions about who I should reach out to. You helped so very much. If I’m forgetting someone in here, I’m sorry. I sent out what felt like hundreds of supremely awkward emails.

To Ashley Poston, for designing postcards and swag for me again and again. Please pre-order her books and hire her for things.

To Zoraida Cordova and Adi Alsaid (again) for that week in Mexico, where I edited a lot of the stories in this book. You’re both an inspiration.

To Jeff Zentner, David Arnold, and Brenda Drake, for the kind words on the back of the book. My goodness. I have no words for your words.

And to my Mom and Dad, for giving me a story to tell in the first place.

And to my sister. I see you. This book is for kids like you. Like us.

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.

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

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis

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So, The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis is always going to hold a special place in my literary-agent-shaped-heart-

Doctor: Why do you keep joking about this? This is serious. Hearts aren’t shaped like that.

Me: Shh, not now. I’m blogging.

It’s the very first book I ever got to sell as an agent (you can see that whole story here), and I’m so thankful that Dave had me along for that ride. And watching him continue to grow as an author has just been a joy. I can’t wait for Suggested Reading, which will be out with Katherine Tegen in 2019. Be sure to add it on Goodreads!

And now, the cover for The Temptation of Adam has been revealed, thanks to C.J. Redwine and Young Adult Book Central. Head over to the site to check it out.

To celebrate, I’m hosting a lil’ giveaway of three of Dave’s favorite YA contemporary reads. The winner will get all three books, as well as a pre-order of his debut!

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  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  • How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

You can enter by following Dave on social media, tweeting about the contest, or simply adding his book to your Goodreads!

Good luck!

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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.