Literary Agent | Writer

submission guidelines



My current wishlist

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

  • Fantasy — I am always looking for a great ghost story (adult or MG) and witches (Practical Magic-esque).

  • Middle-grade with a great voice — especially funny and/or spooky.

  • 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.

  • Graphic novels (MG).

I am not looking to add YA, Sci-fi, horror, memoir, or picture books to my list at this time.

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

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.

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.



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


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!



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

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!


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
Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop
Dayton, Ohio

October 2-4, 2020

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


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

November 8, 2020


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