Eric Smith

@ericsmithrocks

Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Next, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress, Jan '20) and BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .

Philadelphia, PA

P.S. Literary Agency

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Mar 20

Hey writers!

During this downtime I’m reading a lot! Here’s my #MSWL!

✨ Genre blending literary fiction! Give me that weird stuff.

🌈 Diverse, inclusive YA! Give me books that reflect the world!

😳 Non-fiction that surprises and delights!

Let’s go! ericsmithrocks.com/mswl

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Feb 21

Whenever I talk about wanting more adult fiction, I get DMs and emails asking for specifics, so... here’s an explanation and a starter pack.

I like genre-blending novels that are character driven, and far more about relationships than world building. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Feb 21

Started watching Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet and... wow, I so would love an adult novel about working in game dev.

I remember adoring You by Austin Grossman, and would just love something a bit more contemporary. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Feb 12

I can't tell you how often I think about films like Birdbox and A Quiet Place, and how badly I want to read more novels about parents fighting for their kids and found families in apocalyptic settings.

I mean, I also DON'T want to read them, but also I do.

Send me those! #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Feb 7

Annual evergreen request...

Send me your kid-lit, adult novels, essays, memoirs... you name it, centered around your adoptee experience. I want those close and personal stories, both in fiction and non-fiction.

Let's make it happen. #MSWL is here. ericsmithrocks.com/mswl

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Jan 6

It begins. I'm open to queries again at @PSLiterary!

You can check out my #MSWL over on my blog.

Happy New Year, let's make some books. ericsmithrocks.com/blog/2019/12/2…

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Jan 3

I open up to queries again at @PSLiterary on Monday, so I've updated my wishlist!

I'd love to see more adult fiction and non-fiction this year. Send me your messy genre-blending stories, niche cookbooks, and complex memoirs.

Details on the blog! ericsmithrocks.com/blog/2019/12/2… #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 8 Dec 2019

I’m reading a manuscript that’s reminding me of Lost Planet, and goodness, do I miss that game.

I wish the sequels had kept up with all the wonder of the first one. Someone reboot it, thanks.

Also, more fantasy adventure novels with giant monsters and snow please. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 30 Oct 2019

Annual reminder that if you're the person writing the origins and history of Homestar Runner book, to email me.

I'm THE agent for this I swear. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 7 Oct 2019

I'd really love to see more parenting books (guides, memoirs, etc.) by authors of color in my query box.

My wife and I had a hard time finding those when it was baby time, and I'd like to work on that. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 24 Sep 2019

Some fun specific #MSWL things I'm looking for in YA:

A teen birder.
Teens really into snorkeling and diving.
Kids interning in national parks.
Teens really into rock climbing.

Give me niche, specific stories about passion projects, with all the unique terminology and language.

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 24 Sep 2019

To get a better idea of the kind of projects I've worked on, visit my website and check out the books I've sold: bit.ly/2lqFs8v

And then, check out my whole wishlist, which I've written out here: bit.ly/2GG1M7r

Happy querying! Good luck! You've got this! #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 24 Sep 2019

I also work in non-fiction, handling cookbooks, memoir, pop-history, and more!

If you've got a platform and a story to tell or gorgeous food photography (or both!), I want to chat. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 24 Sep 2019

I'm dying to find more accessible adult sci-fi and fantasy novels, along the lines of @ChuckWendig @pengshepherd @DelilahSDawson and @KatWithSword.

I've read everything they've written, and would love to find a SFF novel that makes me feel like The Book of M. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 24 Sep 2019

As always, I'm looking for YA across all genres.

I'm especially looking for LGBTQ+ reads and smart horror.

See (and buy!) the collected works of @Kim_Liggett @tomryanauthor and @AdamSilvera for great comps. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · 24 Sep 2019

I'm looking for genre-blending literary fiction, stories that give us something magical or speculative alongside prose that stirs up FEELINGS.

Perfect examples: The Night Circus by @erinmorgenstern, Here & Now & Then by @mikechenwriter, Station Eleven by @EmilyMandel. #MSWL