Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Eric Smith of P.S. Literary

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 12.53.46 PMEric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary.

Eric began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University, and his MA in English at Arcadia University. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books appear on BookRiot, The Huffington Post, Barnes & Noble’s Teen Reads blog, Paste Magazine’s Books section, and more. A published author with Quirk Books and Bloomsbury, he seeks to give his authors the same amount of love his writing has received. Follow him on Twitter: @ericsmithrocks

Eric is seeking: Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), New Adult, and Literary and Commercial Fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humor, essay collections, and blog to book ideas.

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Tia Mele of Talcott Notch Literary

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 10.30.30 PM.pngTia Mele is a literary agent with Talcott Notch Literary.

She is seeking: middle grade and young adult projects in any genre. “I’m especially interested in dark middle grade and contemporary YA. Please send me your LGBT+ stories, as well as stories featuring visible and invisible illnesses, especially relating to mental health. I like everything from deep, terrifying thrillers to sweet, heartwarming romances. Sports plots are always interesting to me, especially if they involve baseball or softball. Dogs are a huge part of my life, so I’m all for dog-related stories as well!”

Tia is also seeking limited adult projects in women’s fiction and romance. In nonfiction, she is looking for anything sports related, especially baseball, football, or basketball. “I’m also open to cookbooks from chefs who have a following from a blog or channel.”

“When I was in elementary school, our library held a contest to have breakfast with the author of a popular series. For each book from the series you borrowed from the library, you got one entry into the breakfast raffle. I read as many books as my brain could handle, including the ones I’d already read in order to get extra entries, but I still didn’t win the contest. It was disappointing, but looking back, that was when I realized just how much I love books and reading. Despite being an avid reader, writer, and book-lover, I ended up in school for Music Business. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a semester into my degree, I realized my favorite class was actually the English GenEd I was taking. It only made sense to switch gears, so I transferred to the University of Connecticut and completed a B.A. in English. After finishing my undergraduate studies, I went on to earn a M.A. in English and Creative Writing.”

“When I’m not exploring new worlds in literature, you can probably find me visiting MLB stadiums (I’ve been to 10 of 30!), cheering on the Yard Goats, or hanging out with my dogs and rabbit.”