Authors Represented

Literary Agent, Dede Cummings, has been a publishing professional for 30 years. Starting at Little, Brown as a book designer, she learned the business from the inside out! She has designed books by Thomas Pynchon, William Shirer, Mary Oliver, and others. Dede strives to take each project to its full extent, and sometimes that means putting extra time into the process, or doing research in the period in which the book was written. She has a similar approach to her work as a literary agent, representing both fiction and non-fiction writers. As her agency grows, Dede is actively seeking new writers who write with passion and conviction, who share the joy of getting lost in the pages of a book, who love a good story. . .

Thank you for reading our page, and please come back and check for updates. Submissions can be emailed to us at It usually takes 6-10 weeks to get through the manuscript. We only take on work we absolutely feel passionate about; otherwise we can’t represent a writer the best way possible. We also like to drink double tall lattes, IPA’s, margaritas, hike, walk, run, cycle, spin, and laugh a lot!

Red Sunshine

Dr. Kimberly Allison diagnoses breast cancer for a living. But as a 33-year-old healthy new mother, she never expected to be looking at her own malignant cells under the microscope. Red Sunshine is a memoir about her sudden journey from physician to patient and her attempt to make the most of this terrifying and unexpected ordeal. An uplifting story of survival, Dr Allison shares all the intimate details of her emotional journey with both humor and honesty.

The front cover I designed to showcase the soft appeal of the book, and the doctor’s health and vitality. It is a simple cover, and the book has a nice open feel.

Kimberly Allison, MD’s gripping, and sometimes humorous, tale of survival. Dr. Allison was the first author I signed, and her book about a doctor suddenly becoming a patient with a grim diagnosis is both uplifting and engrossing.

Read more about Dr. Allison here:

Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood

In this riveting, honest, and often humorous memoir, Preemie chronicles the journey of one tiny baby’s tenacious struggle to hold on to life and the mother who ultimately grew with her. I love this book, and Kasey is my agency’s second author! To learn more about Kasey and to read her blog, visit

Kasey’s daughter, Andie, is on the swing, and when I designed the front cover, that image captivated me—the freedom, the confidence of the child who almost didn’t make it out of the NICU—and continues to amaze me. Lee, Andie’s Dad, took the photo and I love the utter abandon as she practically leaves the book cover in exuberance. On the back cover, I have a layout showing Andie and her brother, Tucker, walking with the author. This photo is soft and I made a tri-tone, to soften it even further. I imagine them coming home from a walk at their home in rural New Hampshire, happy and grateful.

David’s Inferno

Here’s review that kind of says it all: “I was touched by your writing. My son was diagnosed with bipolar in March and is traveling a tough road now. I am sure he will find hope in your experience.”

Author Number 3 (I should say, “behind Door Number 3” for the humor!), is David Blistein. David is an amazing client—all the DCdesign Agency authors are amazing and have, in effect, transformed their lives to some degree—and that is something the agency shares with each author and our readers.

David’s Inferno combines intensely personal reminiscences of a two-year nervous breakdown with contemporary insights on how major depression manifests, is diagnosed, and treated.

To paraphrase the great film noir line: “There are a million stories in the depressing city, and this is just one of them.” More than a memoir, however, David’s Inferno also includes very readable (and often amusing) discussions of diagnostics, neuropsychology, prescription medications and alternative therapies. In the process, it helps people see beyond the judgments and prejudices that, all too often, influence an individual’s treatment decisions.

In addition, the book interweaves reflections on Dante’s The Divine Comedy with insights into depression’s profound short- and long-term impact on an individual’s relationships, creativity, and spiritual life—thereby showing how the experience of deep depression has the potential to be transformative in unexpectedly positive ways. In the process, it helps friends and family see into the darkness, and sufferers to see that there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

Most importantly, the book’s gentle wry humor and compassionate tone makes the experience a little less scary for everybody. For now, we can check out his website and see what a prodigious amount of work he is doing.

David’s Inferno, will be published March 29, 2013. Advance reading and/or digital review copies available in October. 20,000 first printing from Hatherleigh Press/distributed by Random House! National publicity and book tour.


More Soon-To-Be-Published Authors
Dr. Cardy Raper is one such author, and we are lucky to have her as a soon-to-be-published author for the first time in a crossover book (she has been widely published in academia) AT AGE 88!!! Her new book was published May 28th, 2013, and is already garnering a lot of attention from feminists, and readers interested in a good story. It is called

A Woman of Science: An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms

Cardy just started a new blog and you can read more about her book here:

Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children

by Krissy Pozatek: Sold to Wisdom Publications, due out in 2014.

Because we cannot control the whole world, cushion our child’s every step, and remove every obstacle from his or her path, we need to give our children the internal resources to surmount their own barriers.

Parents today often feel that their role is to protect their children from the world: to cushion them when they fall, to lift them over obstacles, and to remove sharp rocks from their path. But controlling a child’s entire environment and keeping all pain at bay isn’t feasible—we can’t prepare the world for our children, so instead we should focus on preparing our children for the world. “The solution is not removing impediments from our children’s lives,” writes Krissy Pozatek, “it is compassionately encouraging them to be brave.” We need to show our kids how to navigate their own terrain.

If our kids face small hurdles, small pains, at a young age and learn to overcome these obstacles, they will be much better equipped to face larger trouble later in life. Early lessons in problem solving teach self-confidence and self-reliance—and show us that our kids are tougher than we think. Krissy draws her lessons from her experience guiding children in wilderness therapy and from her Buddhist practice—showing us that all life is as unpredictable as mountain weather, that impermanence is the only constant, and that the most loving act a parent can do is fearlessly ready their child to face the wilderness.

Martha Moravec: Magnificent Obesity: One Woman’s Journey towards Hope and Healing

Sold to Hatherleigh Press, distributed in partnership,with Random House. Pub Date: August, 2014.

Brian Cohen’s The Bird Book

The Bird Book is an early children’s picture book for ages 4 – 8. Since parents are the primary purchasers of children’s books, we expect the book to appeal to adults for the sophistication of its illustrations and typography. The book will also appeal to adults interested in art books, small press books, printmaking, and birds. Each plate will have a description of the alpha bird on the right-hand page. The descriptions, written by Brian’s wife, Holiday Eames, can be read aloud to especially inquisitive children, or enjoyed by an adult reader alike. It is coming out in 2013 from Green Writers Press.

Writing & Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors

New research and the expanding field of narrative medicine confirm what author Pamela Post-Ferrante learned during her eight cancer surgeries: telling our stories has the power to heal.

This incredible book has been touted by Cokie Roberts as “a practical, yet beautiful, how-to for psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurses, clergy and survivors themselves, giving all the information anyone could possibly need to help those struggling with cancer express themselves by writing.”

Not only did Carolyn Kasper and I design the book, Carolyn designed this gorgeous website for Pamela Post-Ferrante, with help from our indefatigable programmer, Bahman Mahdavi, who does all our website work.


DCdesign Agency also packages books for authors wishing to self-publish
One such author’s self-published book, Dr. A’s Habits of Health, has sold over 140,000 copies!

More featured authors to come!! — This represents our agency’s published authors. We are adding more each day, and a few are under contract and working through the process of editing—I will post these upcoming agency authors soon.

Dede Cummings, literary agent, author, publishing + design
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