Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary seeks middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction and adult fiction

Red Sofa Literary
St Paul, Minnesota

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Red Sofa is a boutique literary agency. Its mission is “to celebrate a life of reading and geek culture, where brains always win over brawn.” 

Dawn Michelle Frederick is the owner of Red Sofa Literary. She brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table from multiple years of experience in an independent bookstore. She was previously an agent at Sebastian Literary Agency, and she’s a teaching artist at Loft Literary.

Dawn is seeking various kinds of nonfiction: 
Biography-Historical, media related, political. No personal memoir. 
Creative Nonfiction. “It needs to be smart,” says Dawn. The book should be commercial and the author should have a noticeable platform.
History – Books that will engage the commercial reader. 
Humor – Dawn loves a good laugh. She represents 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

Query Dawn at: 

Send a query only; no sample chapters until requested.
Note: Dawn was recently the victim of cancel culture. See the story here.
Literary agent Paige Sisley en route to
our 2018 workshop in Collingwood
If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our upcoming How to Get Published workshops Saturday, Oct 3, in Toronto with Evan Brown of Transatlantic Literary Agency (see here) and Saturday, Oct 24, in Guelph with Paige Sisley of the CookeMcdermid agency (see here).

And if you’re specifically interested in writing and publishing Kid Lit, don’t miss Writing for Children and for Young Adults, with Anne Shone, Executive Editor, Scholastic Books, Saturday, September 12, in Mississauga (see here) and the Writing Kid Lit weekly class this fall on Thursday evenings, online (see here).

Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take shape...

Two writing retreats:
Algonquin Park Retreat: Join me for a magical weekend at Arowhon Pines Resort, an outpost of luxury in the middle of the wilderness,  for a writing retreat. Friday, Sept 4  Monday, Sept 7. Details here.
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Burlington: Raising the Stakes How to increase your story's tension, Saturday, 
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Online: Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday evenings, Oct 13 – Dec 15. Details here.
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Online: Writing Kid Lit, Thursday evenings, Sept 24 – Nov 26. Details here.
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More workshops:
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OnlineHow to Write a Bestsellerwith New York Times bestselling author
     Kelley ArmstrongSaturday, Nov 7. Details here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor,  Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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