Eric Smith is an author, prolific book blogger, and literary agent living in Philadelphia.
His debut humor book, The Geek’s Guide to Dating, was published by Quirk Books in December 2013, went on to be a Book of the Year selection by Amazon and PopSugar. His first Young Adult novel, Inked, came out with Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark, this past January. The sequel, Inked: Rise of the Unprinted, is due out in May of 2016. His books have sold into seven languages, sold into audiobooks, and have made mainstream headlines, from appearing on the cover of the Metro in Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore, to being spotlighted on NPR, Teen Vogue, Mental Floss, and more.
His writing has appeared locally in Philadelphia with Philly.com, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Weekly, and The Daily News. He’s also written for BuzzFeed, BoingBoing, Geekosystem (now absorbed by The Mary Sue), The Huffington Post, and has had essays published in The Bygone Bureau, The Apiary, and in The Head & the Hand Press’ print anthology, The Asteroid Belt Almanac. He’s a regular (and one of the earliest) contributor to the popular book news site BookRiot, as well as Paste Magazine’s books vertical and Barnes & Noble’s Teen Reads blog.
Before making the jump into writing and agenting full time, Eric spent five years at Philadelphia’s Quirk Books, the indie publishing titan responsible for the New York Times bestsellers Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. He worked on the marketing campaigns for all of these, as well as Ben H. Winters’ Edgar-award winning The Last Policeman. The book trailers he’s produced have been featured on Mashable, CNET, and have pulled in over two million views.
He also publishes the popular hyperlocal blog Geekadelphia, which he co-founded with Facebook’s product designer Tim Quirino. Pulling in close to 100,000 visits from around the region, the blog took its popularity and influence and launched the Philadelphia Geek Awards, a ceremony honoring local geeks. A sold-out black tie gala five years running, it’s been featured in every single Philadelphia media outlet, including front page coverage from The Daily News, Philly Weekly, and CityPaper.
Named one of Philadelphia’s favorite geeks by the Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia Inquirer, and one of Billy Penn’s Who’s Next 40 Under 40 arts leaders, occasionally, he’s been known to sleep.
Visit Eric online at ericsmithrocks.com.