Dawn Frederick

Projects Dawn's Worked On

  • CLAWHEART MOUNTAIN by David Oppegaard (CamCat Publishing, 2023)
  • THE MOONS by Chan Poling, illustrated by Lucy Michell (Minnesota Historical Society, 2024)
  • AT THE BASE OF THE GIANT’S THROAT: The Past and Future of America’s Great Dams (Potomac Press, 2023)
  • BLESSED ARE THE BANK ROBBERS by Chas Smith (Abrams Books, 2022)
  • A KID’S GUIDE TO SAVING THE PLANET by Paul Douglas (Beaming Books, 2022)
  • CINDERELLIOT by Rachel Smoka-Richardson and Mark Ceilley (Running Press Kids, 2022)
  • IT’S NOT NOTHING by Courtney Denelle (Santa Fe Writers Project, 2022)
  • BREE & ME by Camille Licate, illustrated by Lauren Foster-MacLeod (Imagine & Wonder, 2022)
  • BATTLE OF THE BANDS by Lauren Gilbaldi and Eric Smith (Candlewick Books, 2021)
  • YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY by Eric Smith (Inkyard Press, 2021)
  • CONSIDER THE PLATYPUS by Maggie Sandford (Blackdog Books, 2019)

Dawn Frederick is the owner of Red Sofa Literary, established in 2008. After earning her B.S. in Human Ecology and M.S. in Library and Information Sciences, she moved to the Twin Cities, to work for Oliver Press. Eventually she met Laurie Harper of Sebastian Literary and became an agent in 2002.

Between working in both chain and independent bookstores, books have played a significant role in her personal and professional lives. From working with sales reps, booksellers, and building strong relations with her bookstore customers, it was clear that truly finding a good book requires knowing what readers want. It’s no surprise she eventually became an agent, as it was a natural progression.

Dawn co-founded the MN Publishing Tweet Up, a local community social monthly meetup. She was formerly a member of the Board of Director for Loft Literary and a former President of the Twin Cities Community Advisory Council for MPR. In addition to being an instructor at Loft Literary, Dawn has taught extensively around the country on the ABCs of getting published at many writing conferences.

She lives in St Paul, with her three cats and one grumpy bird (who is 27 years old). When she isn’t chasing down a cat or gardening, she can be found attending a show at First Avenue.

You can see her submission wish list here.