Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 8, 2019

February’s Agent of the Month – Dawn Frederick

I am happy to announce that Dawn Frederick, owner of Red Sofa Literary is February’s Agent of the Month.

Submission Guideline for a chance to get a first page Critiqued by Dawn is at the bottom of this post.

Red Sofa Literary

Dawn Michelle Frederick is the owner/literary agent of Red Sofa Literary, established in 2008. She brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table, bringing multiple years of experience as a bookseller in independent, chain, and specialty stores; sales, marketing, and book development experience; previously a literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency. She has a B.S. in Human Ecology, and a M.S. in Information Sciences. Dawn co-founded the MN Publishing Tweet Up, is the current President of the Twin Cities Advisory Council for MPR, and a teaching artist at Loft Literary. You can find her on Twitter at @redsofaliterary.

· Biography-Historical, media-related, political—ABSOLUTELY NO PERSONAL MEMOIRS
· Creative Nonfiction — It needs to be smart, with noticeable platform, and commercial. I enjoy a wide range of topics.
· History – Books that will engage the commerical reader.  ex:I listen to a LOT of MPR and NPR (all the shows, most of the podcasts)
· Humor – I love a good laugh (I represent the CHOOSE YOUR OWN MISERY series)
· Pop Culture – Especially Americana, and anything quirky
· Social Issues/Current Affairs—Women’s Studies, GLTB Studies, Social Sciences, and more.
· Sports — Less mainstream, more extreme sport, ex: Roller Derby, not so much into traditional sports
· Women’s Narratives – women’s nonfiction, diverse stories please!
· Young Adult – Fiction, Nonfiction
· Middle Grade – Fiction, Nonfiction

HERE IS WHAT DAWN IS LOOKING FOR:

A some craft books that pop culture themed – think Joss Whedon, OITNB, Boardwalk Empire.  Odd, offbeat, fun.

A CYOA (choose-your-own adventure) Graphic Novel (4 yrs in a row of asking for this)

More extreme sports YA novels for both genders.

More GLBT novels, with diversity, but also a little more light-hearted too.

More geek, all the time, for YA and MG novels and nonfiction

I generally want books that I can emotionally connect with, that go back to the teenage Dawn who was equally eclectic then, and books that have dark, contemporary themes for both fiction and nonfiction.  Nothing didactic, overly sappy, or overly boring.  No memoirs, no vampires, no mermaids, no wolves, you name it. But give me a good robot book, or gamer story and I’ll be turning the pages. And last but not least, a roller derby middle grade novel would made my derby heart really happy.

Submission Guidelines

We highly encourage everyone to send an email and/or query letter initially, before attempting to send a full book proposal or sample chapters. If there is an interest, we will directly contact the author. Once these materials are received, there is usually response time of 4-6 weeks, sometimes sooner.

If querying via email, please only put the contents of your query IN the email. We will not open attachments unless they have been requested in advance.

Dawn’s email: dawn@redsofaliterary.com

We highly encourage everyone to email a query initially, before attempting to send a full book proposal or sample chapters. If there is an interest, we will directly contact the author. Once these materials are received, there is usually response time of 2-3 months if it’s the Fall/Spring/Winter, this will depend with our individual conference schedules and commitments to our current authors.

Materials to have ready, should we request your book:
1. The full ms (should we request a partial or the full ms)
2. A full book proposal with Author Bio, Competition, Market (WHO will read the book), Promotion (HOW readers will learn about the book), Chapter Summaries (for non-fiction), and a Synopsis/Overview.
3. Sample chapters (if nonfiction)
4. Sample artwork (if a graphic novel)

CHECK BACK NEXT FRIDAY FOR PART ONE OF INTERVIEW WITH DAWN.

HERE ARE THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR JANUARY 2019 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES:

In the subject line, please write “FEBRUARY FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE”  Example: Paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).

REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED!Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page.

Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be passed over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: February 22nd.

RESULTS: March 1st.

CHECK BACK NEXT FRIDAY FOR PART ONE OF MY INTERVIEW WITH DAWN.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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