New Literary Agent Alert: Erik Hane of Red Sofa Literary

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Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Erik Hane of Red Sofa Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

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About Erik: Erik Hane is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary. Erik is a writing major from Knox College, and attended the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation. His first publishing job came soon after, as an editorial assistant and then assistant editor at Oxford University Press. He then moved to The Overlook Press as an acquiring editor, working on primarily upmarket nonfiction (history, biography, pop science), but was lucky enough to work on some novels as well.

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He is seeking: literary fiction. For nonfiction, he seeks popular science, sports writing, popular culture/modern life, essays, and history.

In nonfiction, he loves seeing complex subjects written about in an engaging way for the non-expert, or energetic, incisive looks at topics not usually treated that way (looking at you, sports writing). He wants to see literary novels that place story first; no use writing beautifully if nothing’s going on.

How to submit: erik [at] redsofaliterary.com. "For fiction, I'd love to see a query letter (perhaps one that includes some comp titles) and a first chapter, and will request more if interested. For nonfiction, send a proposal that includes an overview of the project, a table of contents, a clear sense of who the author is and why he/she is the one to write the book, comparable titles, and some sample writing."

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