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submission guidelines

Thank you for popping in. As an agent with Red Sofa Literary, I represent amazing authors from around the globe in picture books, middle grade, romance/women's fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction. 

 

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Current wishlist. I will only be taking queries from these categories at this time:

  • Adult — Romance. I never met a trope I didn’t like

  • Nonfiction — I’m looking for fun, quirky, fascinating topics with strong commercial appeal and a great platform. Specifically looking for how-to books, antiques, and craft books. Please have a book proposal finished before querying. Need tips on writing an awesome proposal? Check out this bad boy

  • Graphic novels

To query, please use the contact form on this website or stacey[at]redsofaliterary.com. If I would like to see more, I will request the first ten pages of your manuscript or a finished book proposal.

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Per agency policy, unrequested attachments, links leading to pages outside of the query, and queries outside of my representative categories may be discarded unread and will receive no response.

Query and Submission Tips

  • Write tight. Keep the query short and to the point.

    • Salutation (Dear Stacey is fine).

    • If you’ve met me at a conference, read an article you’d like to reference, admire one of my clients’ work and think your project is along those lines, fantastic! Mention it, but I’m interested in your story, so let’s jump to it and get to the juicy part of the query.

    • Introduce your story efficiently. Who are the main characters, what’s their struggle, and how does it end?

      • If querying nonfiction, why is this topic a go-getter? Who is your audience? Why are you the best person to write this book right now? 

    • Tell me a bit about yourself: writing organizations you belong to, publications you’ve written for, or publishing history. No writing portfolio? No problem, the story is what will stick with me.  

    • Wrap it up with a high five and we’re done (for now).

    • Always mention genre and word count.

  • Please don’t include a synopsis, attachments, pages pasted into the body, stories about your dog (okay, maybe one), or links to your YouTube channel or your partial on your website.

  • If a partial is requested, please format your file like so: last name/TITLE/partial (or full). I load these onto my e-reader and “3chap.docx” gets lost in the shuffle. Don’t be shuffled

CLIENT NEWS

A big sofa welcome to my friend Loren Rhoads! She and I met during a haunted writers retreat years ago and I cannot get enough of her work! We're already working on fun stuff to come! In the meantime, check out one of my favorite books she's written 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die.

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Catch (get it? I kill me) the re-release of Sarah Stonich's Fishing! You don't even need a boat—but it can't hurt. 

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Congratulations to Barb Curtis on her three-book deal with Forever/Grand Central! Look for her first romance, Forever With You coming this fall!

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I'm so excited to welcome Barb Curtis to the Sofa! Big things are already afoot, stay tuned!

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I don't know how I got so lucky in one week! A huge Red Sofa welcome to Hannah Jones and Meredith Hale! Both of their projects are perfection, I can't wait to see them on the bookshelves!

 

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I’m thrilled to welcome illustrator and storyteller Jamie Ball to Red Sofa Literary!
HIGH KICK!

Pre-order USA Today Bestseller Abby Jimenez’s follow up to The Friend Zone with The Happy Ever After Playlist! Coming in April 14, 2020!

Congratulations to Heather Martinez on your deal with Random House Children’s Books for her illustrations for Welcome to Camp Coral!, continuing the SpongeBob Squarepants saga!

Congratulations Abby Jimenez on your three-book deal for The Friend Zone with Grand Central/Forever!

HIGH KICK! Abby Jimenez’s The Friend Zone is going into its 5th printing a month after its release and named a USA Today Bestseller!


Congratulations to April Snellings on her deal with 1984 Publishing for her upcoming book Fright Rags!

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Congratulations to Sarah Stonich on her two-book deal with University of Minnesota Press! I can’t wait to see Fishing and Reeling on the shelf!

Upcoming shenanigans

April 3-4, 2020 *postponed due to COVID-19
Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop
Dayton, Ohio

October 2-4, 2020

A Room with a Boo II -- Registration starts May 1!

TBA

NEW DATE! October 29-31, 2020

Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

Dayton, Ohio

November 7, 2020
Pitch, Publish, & Promote
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

November 8, 2020

AgentCon

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

ABOUT ME

Thirty years ago, I was hip-deep in Scottish mud on an archaeological dig after earning degrees in history and anthropology/archaeology at Oregon State University. Today, I write about ghosts while I help writers move to the next level. I’d love to make some deep connection about the circle of life, but I’m pretty sure Disney would send their thugs by the time I finished the first stanza. Nobody wants to see that.

I came from the other side of the literary divide as an author, screenwriter, ghostwriter, and freelance editor. I love working with writers at all stages of their careers and will use my experience in authorship to help navigate the sometimes crazy waters of publishing for my clients.

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Want a signed copy of Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls, & Other Creepy Collectibles or The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide? Contact me for details! 

CONTACT

RED SOFA LITERARY

PO BOX 40482

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA

55104

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