David Hale Smith

Head of Literary

David Hale Smith is a Literary Agent with InkWell Management LLC. He represents authors of commercial and literary fiction, and nonfiction from narrative to cookbooks. Smith started his own literary agency in Dallas in 1994, just a few years after graduating from Kenyon College as an English major. His fiction list includes authors Ania Ahlborn, Taylor Adams, Matthew Fitzsimmons, Gary Phillips (writer for FX series Snowfall) and New York Times bestselling novelists Greg Rucka (screenwriter of Heart of Stone, starring Gal Gadot, and the #1 Netflix hit The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron) and Blake Crouch, author of the genre-benders UPGRADE, DARK MATTER and the multi-million selling Wayward Pines trilogy (adapted into the FOX television show). In nonfiction, Smith represents James Beard Award-winners Jordan Mackay and Rajat Parr; Texas Monthly BBQ Editor Daniel Vaughn,Top Chef stars John Tesar and Isaac Toups; journalist Skip Hollandsworth, and Texas barbecue superstar Aaron Franklin. Smith enjoys developing projects from concept to finished book, and is very active in selling film and television rights and original concepts for his clients.