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 · Sep 24

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 · Sep 24

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 · Aug 29

Floating a little wishlist item out to the universe, but I really want to see more kid-lit non-fiction in my inbox.

Young Adult and Middle Grade non-fiction, specifically. #MSWL

I’m so proud of the work @IamGMJohnson and @robin_stevenson are doing, and I’d love to see more.

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Aug 19

Where is my YA historical novel about teens trying to make it in a ska band in the mid-90’s you cowards. #mswl

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Aug 17

Annual #MSWL request:

Novels about adoptees, written by adoptees. Adult or YA, I want those stories.

Send me your books, friends. <3

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Jul 30

A YA Ocean’s 8 style heist novel.

Except...

It’s an anthology.

With eight authors each writing one character.

#MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Jul 18

*floats this out into the ether*

Hi I want to work on more YA anthologies please. They make me so happy. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Jun 10

I keep thinking about how badly I want to read more smart, unnerving YA horror.

I don't want gore. I want a story that makes me ask questions that I don't want an answer to. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Jun 4

An eternal #MSWL request:

YA novels about adoptees, written by adoptees.

Give me those genuine voices.

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · May 8

I almost tweeted "YA rom-con" instead of "YA rom-com" and I officially want to read a YA contemporary novel about two teens planning a heist who OOPS also fall in love. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Apr 19

Still getting the occasional DM asking if I'm open to queries... and I am! :-D

Here's what I'm looking for:

Most genres of YA.
Genre blending literary fiction.
Accessible sci-fi and fantasy.
Memoir and essay collections.
Cookbooks.
You?

Query me! ericsmithrocks.com/mswl #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Apr 11

Every time I type “bbs” instead of “babies” I’m reminded how badly I want an early 90’s YA novel with a teen running a bulletin board system (BBS) on their computer.

“Who is the audience for dawn of the Internet niche YA-“

Shush! Gimme. #MSWL

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Apr 1

Ryan Ramkelawan @ryanramkelawan

Have you ever accepted a query of an MS that wasn't in your wishlist or do you always preferred MS within your Wishlist only? #askLitAOC

Definitely. Agents use #MSWL for our specific requests and wishes (ie: I'm dying for a survivalist, plague-filled YA but... I want other stuff too), and always welcome surprises that are still within our interests. #askLitAOC

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Mar 12

Someone write a geeky YA novel about teens competing in a Street Fighter video game competition so we can call it DOWN RIGHT FIERCE. #MSWL