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Mr. Eric Smith

P.S. Literary Agency

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Eric Smith

P.S. Literary Agency

2010 Winston Park Drive, 2nd Floor
Oakville, ON L6H 5R7
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Middle Grade
Science Fiction
Young Adult
  • Young Adult, Fantasy
  • Young Adult, Science Fiction


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Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
03/10/2023 02:46 PM
Very thoughtful agent.
I queried him in December but withdrew the query in January in order to do an R&R for another agent.
He replied the same day with a quick confirmation of withdrawal.
I sent the new query to him in February.
As it was approaching the 6-week agency cutoff, I reached out with a request: If my query/ms didn't quite fit his list, could he forward it to another agent at PS who listed my type of book and comp on their MSWL?
He replied the same day and said he'd be happy to share it with them and make sure they see it.
03/02/2023 08:21 PM
Email Query: 1/08/2023
CNR (closed no response) 3/2/2023

48k YA South Asian contemporary/upmarket fiction; sad it means the entire agency said no as well.
02/22/2023 12:24 PM
EQ: 11/4/2022
Pinged 2/21/2023 and got a nice, albeit brief, rejection confirmation.
104k Contemporary YA
02/16/2023 10:50 PM
EQ: 2/16/2023
94k contemporary fantasy
02/14/2023 07:38 AM
EQ: 1/3/23
CNR: 2/14/23

Closed after 6 weeks.

67k YA Rom Com
02/13/2023 11:19 AM
Thanks @liannz and @dfwallace - good points about the podcast and his website!
02/11/2023 05:08 PM
@oceanofnotions: the query I submitted has 3 paragraphs and he requested a full.

Also, the podcast other agents from P.S Lit do (TSNOTYAW) often feature multi-paragraph queries. So I'm honestly confused why the agency has that policy since it seems like the agents don't mind.
02/11/2023 01:08 PM
@oceanofnotions: I think it's more of an agency preference than Eric's. If you go here, you'll see sample queries that Eric highlights, many of which are more than 3 paragraphs.


Hope that helps!
02/11/2023 12:50 PM
Does anyone have a sense of how strict this agent is about the "three paragraphs" for the query letter? On the agency's website, they say one paragraph for metadata, one paragraph for the hook, and one paragraph for the bio. My query letter has a multi-paragraph "hook," but it is still <500 words.
02/06/2023 04:40 PM
Email query 28 Jan 2023
Nudged with offer 6 Feb 2023
Kind step-aside 6 Feb 2023: "Thrilled for you, I loved the premise here! I can’t read on a deadline these days due to childcare, but I’m wishing you and this agent so much luck finding it the perfect home."

73k adult fantasy

02/04/2023 02:38 AM
E-mail query: 3rd February 2023
**Previously queried Ms. Claire Harris in Nov 2022, not until Eric stated in his latest and updated MSWL that he's repping Rom-com. I took the chance to message him on Twitter, for a re-querying permission. He permitted.**

82K Adult Rom-com
02/02/2023 10:25 AM
"Maria Vincente's blog/page says you can query her after someone else says no...so...??? WHY IS IT CONFUSING??" ---- She probably realized she was missing out on some great queries because people had to choose which agent is the "best" fit and so frequently it's truly just a guess between several. I would take that as being okay to disregard their policy and send to her.
02/02/2023 10:20 AM
Maria Vincente's blog/page says you can query her after someone else says no...so...??? WHY IS IT CONFUSING??
02/01/2023 08:24 PM
Their Twitter account confirmed it's a "no" from the whole agency.
02/01/2023 05:48 PM
SaraphinaMarie - I believe this agency is a 'no from one means no from all,' unfortunately. That combined with a no reply = no definitely adds stress to querying them. :(
Did you see somewhere that it's okay to query more than one agent there?
02/01/2023 05:25 PM
Are folks actually getting rejected by Eric Smith? Or are they listing their CNRs as rejections? Because I believe he is a no-response-unless-it's-a-request type of agent (grrr, so frustrating).
I'm seeing that he's made requests after my submission, so I am assuming he's passed me up, uninterested, and I should query the next agent on my list from P.S.
(They say after 4-6 wks you can consider yourself rejected and query someone else there.)
01/24/2023 10:17 AM
Email Query: 01/24

YA Contemporary 61k
01/18/2023 10:09 AM
Email Query: 01/09
Full Request by Eric's assistant, Nour: 01/17
Confirmation Receipt: 01/18

YA Historical Fiction 87k
01/07/2023 08:52 PM
Query Jan 3, 2023 ya sci fi 97,000 words
Saw on Twitter he got 150 queries after opening to queries on the third.
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Patrick (Admin)
01/03/2023 09:23 AM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
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