Before I moved away from Philadelphia, I spent every other weekend holed up with my YA writing group (hi Randy, Lauren, Katherine, and Julie, I miss all of you terribly), fussing over a book that was challenging the hell out of me.
Much like the drive to curate my adoption-themed anthology Welcome Home, I wanted to write a novel for adopted kids. Teens who were wrestling with finding a sense of identity, the way I did when I was younger. I wanted there to be magic, friendship, a diverse cast of characters. I wanted to talk about how we treat the world around us, and how it reflects on how we treat one another.
I wanted a lot.
I affectionately referred to this book as “The Nena Book” whenever I talked about it, as my wife pushed me to try and write this. To talk about transracial adoptees (like me), and to write a story that was incredibly close and personal to me.
It was absolutely the book of my heart. And now, it’ll be published by Flux in the Spring of 2018. Read more
The book features short stories across genres from over two dozen authors, and I’m so proud of it. And this is your chance to read it almost half a year before it comes out! Whoa!
Also, be sure to add it on Goodreads? You can expect some giveaways there soon, as well as other really cool news regarding the book (a top secret microsite project, pre-order campaigns, posters!) soon.
Interested in requesting a physical ARC? Flux has a limited print amount that they are sending out to reviewers. If you’d like one, you can email me at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com, and I’ll forward your request.
BRANDED, the sequel to INKED, comes out with Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark, on May 23rd. It’s also up on NetGalley (is this really happening?), and you can request it here.
If you haven’t read the first book, and you’re interested in reading it… let me know! I would be more than happy to gift a copy of Inked your way. This is an eBook exclusive series though, so only ask if you don’t mind me sending you a Kindle of Nook code.
Branded, the sequel to Inked, had a pretty wild ride. But now, it’s finally almost here, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
To celebrate, I’m running a little pre-order giveaway. Since my duology is a digital-only series, I wanted to be able to give my awesome readers a little something to actually hold onto.
So! If you pre-order Branded, you’ll get a set of signed postcards of the covers, an Inked and Branded quote postcard set designed by rockstar author and illustrator Ashley Poston, and a handful of temporary tattoos!
As you know from Inked, the characters have magical, moving tattoos. And the nature imagery is a big deal in the book. So I’ve ordered a ton of these fantastic Tattify tattoos. Every pre-order-er will get a few, and you can request gold or silver when you email me.
You know, because the books are about tattoos and magic and stuff.
You can pre-order it from anywhere eBooks are sold:
All you have to do is send your proof of pre-order to me at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com. It can be a screenshot of your order, a forward of the email, whatever you want. And since the swag items are light and made of paper… this pre-order campaign is international! Hooray! Swag will be mailed out the week the book is published.
As for the story in Branded… well, it’s been about two years since Inked, so here’s what it’s all about, taken right from the Bloomsbury website, because they are way better at explaining my writing than I am:
In Inked, Caenum discovered his destiny.
Now, in Branded, he must fight for it.
As the final battle approaches, Caenum must choose his own path one last time… or it will be decided for him.
After narrowly escaping the soldiers of the Citadel six months ago, farmboy-turned-rebel Caenum is now at the head of the rebel army. He and his fellow Conduits, practitioners of an ancient, forbidden magic, have spread across the Realm, freeing city after city from the Citadel’s tyrannical grip. But in the midst of their rebellion, a traitor lurks. And when their safe haven is destroyed, Caenum and his friends must flee deeper into the wilds than ever before. Because he has something the Citadel wants–a weapon that could change everything. A weapon he must protect at all costs.
In this thrilling new sequel to Inked, Eric Smith delivers a heart-pounding conclusion to the battle between magic and free will.
But without fail, at every conference I attend, there are certain questions I ask that seem to trip writers up. And sometimes, not having answers to those questions sends up serious red flags.
So I thought I’d do a little post, to dish out some tips for those of you pitching agents and editors in-person. Because while you may have polished that pitch to perfection, you’re going to need to answer these kind of questions. Read more