In attempt to meet deadlines and get more books written, I’ve had to make myself purposefully difficult to reach. It’s nothing personal — y’all know I love you. As such, I have an assistant who answers all emails, and she summarizes all messages for me once a week.

So if you want to ask a question or just want to let me know something, then go ahead and send your message to susan [at] You’ll hear back soon!

For other types of requests (subsidiary rights, events, etc.), see the below contact addresses. And of course, never dismiss the power of handwritten snail mail. Nothing makes me happier.


Sam Smith
Contact regarding events, signed copies, and all other inquiries.

Literary Agent

Joanna Volpe
New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc

Film Rights

Pouya Shahbazian
New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc

Foreign Rights

Kathleen Ortiz
Subsidiary Rights Agent
New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc

Snail Mail

For fan mail or signed swag, send your letter and SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) to

New Leaf Literary & Media
Attn: Susan Dennard
110 West 40th St., Suite 2201
New York, NY 10018


Contact me for an event

If you’re interested in working with me for an event — be it a school visit, library event, bookstore signing, whatever! — you can contact me here or contact my agent, Joanna Volpe (

I LOVE meeting readers, teachers, booksellers, librarians, and just about anyone who loves books as much as I do. I also LOVE to teach writing workshops to writers of all ages.

How I Became a Writer

This presentation is appropriate for older teens and adults. It’s about facing fear and following dreams—a lesson I learned from the heroines of my favorite novels. The PowerPoint presentation delves into my journey from a dorky, lonely preteen to a world-traveling marine biologist and eventually published author. This presentation is 30 minutes, but I often get a lot of questions after.

How I Write a Book

This presentation is appropriate for middle school. It goes through the various sources of inspiration (music, movies, video games, Pinterest, books) along with lots of images and sound bites. This presentation is 45 minutes and often leads to TON of questions from the kids.

Writing a Novel & Getting it Published

 This hour long workshop + Power Point begins with a quick description of my journey to publication as well as my sources of writing inspiration (music, movies, video games, books, etc.). Then, I delve into an organic educational component that covers the basics of writing and publication (both traditional publication as well as self-publishing) and feeds on the attendees–their experience levels as well personal goals.

Young Writers Write!

This workshop is intended for ages 12-18. In addition to an extensive workshop packet detailing the basics of writing (plot, character, how to get published), I work with students on working with (or without!) outlines, writing for fun, and dealing with as well as giving external feedback from/to fellow writers. This workshop can be tailored for 1 hour to 1.5 hours, and it involves lots of interacting.