Eric Smith

Literary Agent

P.S. Literary Agency

Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Thanks for joining the Q&A!

Have more questions? Me and @agentvicente have TONS of free resources on our sites. Query letters, proposal guides, etc!

Stop by. #askPSLA

Maria: mariavicente.com/blog-posts

Trenchcoat Full of Corgis Pretending to be Human: ericsmithrocks.com/perfect-pitch

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Marsha S @MizzMarshaS

Any feedback / perspective in regards to crossover preferences or do you prefer clean boxes that fit in XYZ? #askPSLA
Replying to @MizzMarshaS

I feel like a lot of the adult books that I work on are ALL crossover books that don’t fit someplace neatly. And that’s what makes them so special?

Genre blending crossover books are always popular. I’m a fan! #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Alisa Hewitt @SparkleFireD

What is a piece of advice you'd give to your "younger" writing self? #askPSLA

To not have pointless goal posts set for myself.

You don’t need an agent by age whatever. A published book at age this or that. A bestseller whenever.

What you need is to take your time. Make friends. Breathe. Remember that there’s more to you than what you’re writing. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

sal @salbux

@PSLiterary @agentvicente @ericsmithrocks Are author websites important these days? What do I include if I’m unpublished and starting out? #askPSLA

I’ve signed authors with no website, but I had them make a website right away.

Because I fear @MissDahlELama and @recitrachel, but also because it’s a great way to showcase who you are. Your home base.

You don’t need to be published yet, to have a simple homepage. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Cassie Silva @cassieswriting

@PSLiterary @agentvicente @ericsmithrocks #ASKPSLA what are some trends in the market you are seeing? (especially MG/YA but interested in any answer!)

Trends in publishing are such a hard thing to point to, because often times when you spot it, it’s already happened?

I do know a lot of editor friends are asking for more MG/YA horror, and works in verse. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Nicole Buran @BuranNicole

@ericsmithrocks @jd_hathaway @PSLiterary @agentvicente Are credentials as important for memoir as for other nonfiction works?
Replying to @BuranNicole

It depends. Someone like me, who works on memoir in essays, I like to see a body of published work. Chances are your essay collection is about something. I like to see you’re an expert there.

IE: @JamesTateHill’s query is a good example. ericsmithrocks.com/blog/2021/7/26… #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

J.D. Hathaway @jd_hathaway

@PSLiterary @agentvicente @ericsmithrocks In general, does having a creative writing degree or other credentials influence whether a writer is chosen to be represented or published? #askPSLA
Replying to @jd_hathaway

Nope! It’s all about the story. Most of the authors I work with didn’t major in writing.

I only look at credentials in nonfiction, because you’re supposed to be an expert. Past publications really help in that space. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 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
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 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
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 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
Literary Agent, @PSLiterary . Author, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress), BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick). Loves @BeautyBritches .
164 MSWL
63 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