Deals: MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Samira Ahmed Acquired by Soho Teen

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Let me tell you. It has been such a thrill watching Samira Ahmed and her debut, Love, Hate & Other Filters, find fans in readers, reviewers, and authors in the YA sphere. An important, beautiful book about family, friendship, and fighting against racism, it’ll hit bookstores everywhere in January, and Samira is gearing up for some great things.

She’s also kept herself busy, preparing for the launch of her book… by writing another one.

And I’m thrilled to say that Samira will be publishing another book with the amazing Soho Teen team in the Fall of 2019!

In MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW readers are swept away on a literary mystery on the streets of Paris with Khayyam, a Muslim teen who summers annually with her parents in France, and a teen boy named Alexandre Dumas, who yes, is related to the person he shares a name with.

As they try to unravel the secrets behind the story of cherchez la femme– a mysterious raven-tressed lady who first appears in letters between the classic author and his friend, the painter Eugène Delacroix, they are wrapped up in questions about poetry, literature, and art. 

And as the mystery surrounding Leila, the girl in the painting, unravels… her story as a Muslim woman living in Paris in the 1840’s is mirrored with Khayyam’s as a Muslim teenager in the present day. And as Khayyam explores a Parisian world full of literature, history, poetry, art, and forbidden love, she wrestles with her feelings for Alexandre… and the boy that may or may not be waiting for her back home.

It’s a story about trying to discern truth from fiction, and how the line between the two isn’t always clear, and I’m so excited to see Samira with another book with Soho and legendary editor Daniel Ehrenhaft, who has quickly gone on to become one of my favorite humans. If you don’t follow him on Twitter already, fix that.

MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW reads like a YA take on Possession by A.S. Byatt, mashed together with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s a blend of romance and history, and lovers of literature, poetry, and art will find so much to adore in Samira’s latest book.

Here’s the blip from Publisher’s Weekly:

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Congrats Samira! I can’t wait for readers to meet Khayyam and Alexandre.

Paternity Leave: Closed for Submissions Until 2018

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Hey everyone!

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.

Why?

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.

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  • 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!

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

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