Eric Smith

Literary Agent

P.S. Literary Agency

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

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Cara Stout @CaraFoshizzle

Any trends that are selling better in the current state of affairs? Or ones that aren’t? (I’m assuming pandemic and plagues are a tough sale) #askPSLA

I feel like the tricky thing with trends, is that by the time one is happening and you see the books in the store, they are maybe over?

I know a lot of editor friends who want horror and middle grade. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Kunoichi | ∞ #BLM @Infinitii_FGC

@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris Hello Eric and Claire!

What is your ideal target word count for a thriller YA novel? #askPSLA

For me, the sweet spot in the YA thriller space is 70k to 90k.

If you’re worried about word count, use other thrillers to inform your work.

@MikalebRoehrig’s are favs of mine and right in that space, I think! #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Ashley McAnelly @ashewriter

Honestly, how do you balance write time/agent time with parent life because I need that secret now. #askPSLA

My son is trying to eat my mail right now so perhaps I’m not the best person to answer this. #askPSLA

But really, industry friends trying to juggle it all? Group messages with my colleagues going through the same helps. ❤️

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Eilene Spear @EileneSpear

Sorry if I’m asking too many questions, but I’d appreciate your thoughts on prologues in general? Any red flags? #askPSLA

No apologies, we are here for it!

I like a good prologue. The only time I can’t stand them is when it’s a character looking back. “Now I’ll tell you my story.”

Well, they turned out okay, so... why read the book? Try not to let your prologue ruin your stakes. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Eilene Spear @EileneSpear

I am ready to query, but I know my title is awful! Is that a showstopper? #askPSLA

Nope! So many titles change from agent to editor to publication.

You should still have a title that you’re proud to shop your book around under though. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Marcie Price Jackson @MissMarciePants

#askPSLA thanks for answering Qs today! I’m wondering, at what point do you shelve your MS? I’ve read various numbers- 10 queries, 50, etc.? I’ve had several full and partial requests, but haven’t found “the one” yet.

Keep going!

There are lots of stories about authors who queried 100+ agents. Just make sure you're sticking to agents who feel right for you.

It can be tempting to pitch EVERYONE, but remember. An agent who isn't a good fit for you, is worse than having no agent. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Daniel M. Clark @danielmclark

#askPSLA how important is it for an author to have a life story. I mean, does it matter that I haven’t held any excited jobs, or that I’ve never, you know, killed a guy? Is a rather dull or average life a roadblock in publishing or author marketing?

ROFL. It's not important. So many of the debut authors I've signed had bios in their query letters like "worked as a lawyer for fishermen" and "I have a corgi and like hockey."

And honestly, that stuff IS exciting and interesting to me. Life exists outside books! #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Francesca Donlan @fdonlanVCB

@PSLiterary @maureen_moretti @ericsmithrocks @readbystephanie Thank you for sharing your time. Are memoirs still viable in the industry - when you are not famous and don’t have a big following but a good story. #askagent #askpsla
Replying to @fdonlanVCB

I think so. I've sold a few.

If you're worried about establishing that platform, it is never ever too late. Publishing articles and essays on whatever you're writing about, should be a very welcome challenge.

After-all, you wrote a memoir about this! :-) #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Jenn Mecks @jomecki

What’s the number one factor in a query letter that just kills a query for you? #askPSLA #askagent

When the query starts with "Dear @ErikHane." I get it, we have the same name, but I'm-

Okay no, but really, it's just a story that I'm not interested in. I've signed plenty of authors with queries that weren't perfect.

The story is what matters. Also don't be racist. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
155 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips