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.

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: 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.

My First Full Year as a Literary Agent: Six Lessons I Learned

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So last year was my first full year working as a literary agent.

I had a lot of awesome victories that I shouted to the social media winds and posted about here. I signed a number of rockstar authors, from well-established authors to debuts. You can check out my team in this handy Twitter list. They are all wonderful. I went to a bundle of conferences all around the country, so many that I can’t remember all the places. I even sold some books I can’t quite announce just yet.

And the ones I did announce? I’m so proud of them.

And while all of that sounds awesome, there were some big hurdles in the mix, and some major lessons I took away. Because for every author I picked up, there was another I didn’t get to work with. There were conferences that were, sadly, not a good use of my time. And I’m going to try to get better at handling all of these things.

Here are some of the lessons I learned, that I hope you can learn from too. Read more

Deals: These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips Acquired by HarperTeen!

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Wow you guys. Wow.

A few months ago, I was sitting in one of my favorite cafes in South Philadelphia with my good friend Allie Ilagan, and she got to watch me cry in public over an email. And then she got to watch me get all teary on the phone when I told an author some very good news.

By “very emotional” she’s referring to the public crying and me muttering “oh my god oh my god” into my hands.

Those of you who read YA (which is likely a lot of you so hiiiii you are my people) definitely know Rebecca Phillips. She’s got two wonderful books with Kensington. Any Other Girl, which came out back in January, and Faking Perfect, which came out just last year.

I loved both of them, and was thrilled when I was given the chance to work with her, via my rockstar colleague at P.S. Literary, Carly Watters. Thanks for bringing us together, Carly!

So! About that good news.

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Rebecca Phillips’ next book, THESE THINGS I’VE DONE, has been acquired by Catherine Wallace at HarperTeen, in a two-book deal for an additional untitled novel. Readers can look for it in bookstores everywhere in the Summer of 2017, and the second book in the Summer of 2018.

It’s a non-linear, YA story told in shifting time-frames, that’s an emotional read along the lines of The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. The back-and-forth time shifting reads like Lauren Gibaldi’s The Night We Said Yes (one of my favorite YA contemporaries of last year), except… well, people die.

It’s a devastating read, really. One that made me sob in the best way possible. It’s about tragedy, trauma, family, and the power of love and friendship, and I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it.

A bit about the plot? Sure.

After accidentally causing the death of her best friend Aubrey, Dara must forgive herself before Ethan, Aubrey’s younger brother, ever will. As Dara and Ethan fall in love, their worlds fall into place—except when Dara’s parents and counselors think their relationship is a mistake. Just because they share special memories of Aubrey, doesn’t mean their love will help wash away their grief.

Yup.

I’m crying again. Because of the story, and because of my joy for Rebecca.

And of course, a huge thank you to Catherine and her team at HarperTeen. Be sure to follow Rebecca on Twitter and check out her website, and wish her all the congrats.