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

D Ryan Rentz @DRyanRentz

@ericsmithrocks In my query letter, does it actually help to mention that I have a previously published novel? Thanks!

#askLitAOC

I think so! You should want to talk about your previously published works. It shows you've had support for your writing before. Plenty of my clients had books published before me. #asklitAOC

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

Justin Matsen @JustinMatsen15

#asklitAOC A question I’ve been sitting on for awhile... is it a turn-off to use wildly successful stories like Star Wars or Hunger Games as comp titles in your query?

Not always. I mean, when I think about TRACKED by @readjennymartin, I remember it being called "Stars Wars meets The Fast and the Furious" and how do you NOT read it right away?

If the comps work, they work. Books tend to hook me better, but it's not a deal breaker. #asklitAOC

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

heidi heilig @heidiheilig

You folks are SO IMPORTANT. What can your fellow publishing professionals and other folks in the industry do (either personally or by lobbying the industry) to support established and aspiring agents of color? #asklitAOC

Keep being open to hiring agents who work remotely. And remote interns. Be accessible. If I had to move to NYC, I wouldn't be here.

And at the publishing house level, more diverse staff. And when they are there, SUPPORT that staff. Too many leave. #asklitAOC

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

Melissa See @melissasee

Is it appropriate to follow up with an agent who has had a full manuscript for a month (or more)? #asklitAOC

I'm a big believer in following up and nudging. Just be sure to check submission guidelines, see how long the agent / agency tends to circle back with authors.

Agents spent 47% of their life following up with editors [citation needed]. You can followup with them. #asklitAOC

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

Samara Lo @Ms_SamaraLo

#asklitAOC Does being an agent or author outside the US have any limits/affects if you're looking to be published in the US? E.g. Would you be targeting US publishers or local connections first?

Not in my opinion! I'm lucky enough to work with authors in the UK and in Canada, and have secured them deals with US publishers without a problem. The Internet and email makes the world smaller. <3 #asklitAOC