Paternity Leave: Closed for Submissions Until 2018
If you follow me on the ol' social media, this shouldn't be much of a surprise. But just in case you stumble across this lil' website while looking for agents, here it is. I'm closed for queries for the rest of 2017, with the exception of referrals and conference or contest requests.
I'm on paternity leave! It's baby time in the Smith household. And with a mini book tour in October, all while the baby is around... well, I'm going to need to take a breather, and dedicate my time to my family and current roster of clients, who are also much like my family. *hearts*
Book wise, things look good for the last half of the year though.
- These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips is out now with HarperTeen! This is my first published book as an agent, so it's a big deal for me. We are gearing up to announce details regarding her second HarperTeen book, The Girl You Thought I Was, very soon. I think you're all going to love it.
- Come the end of December, you'll also be able to catch Lindsey Smith's cookbook, Eat Your Feelings, due out with Wednesday Books / St. Martin's Press. This book is going to help a lot of people, with its body-positive messaging and mental-health angle, and I'm just so proud of it.
So yes! It's a busy last half of the year, and an awesome launch in 2018, especially with covers and release dates for Laurel Amberdine's Luminator (REUTS), Kati Gardner's Brave Enough (Flux), and Anna Hecker's When the Beat Drops (Sky Pony), all due out in the Spring of 2018, relatively soon-ish.
And there are a few book babies that are just about ready to be announced, which I'll be updating ya'll on here in between naps.
I'll still be looking at projects through Twitter pitch events like #PitMad #DVPit and the like when they are live, and conferences (I'm still attending these conferences through the fall!). I'm also happily taking referrals from colleagues and clients. But otherwise, I'm on a break, and won't be digging through the query box.
You can keep up to date with all my wonderful authors via this Twitter list, as they are all going to be up to awesome things over the next year or two.
I'll open back up to submissions in mid-January. Thanks!
Happy Book Birthday to Rebecca Phillips & These Things I've Done!
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
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 (email@example.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.
My First Full Year as a Literary Agent: Six Lessons I Learned
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. (more…)
Cover Reveal Celebration: Rebecca Phillips' These Things I've Done