Dawn Michelle Hardy has been called a “literary lobbyist” by Ebony magazine for her ability to help authors reach their readership using strategic promotions, win awards and garner national and local media attention. An emerging thought leader in the constantly changing publishing space she is building a solid list in which 75% of projects are collaborative ideas birthed from pop-culture topics in the genres of music, sports, LGBT and civil rights.
In 2010 African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) Awarded her Publicist of the Year for her work with debut novelists signed to Simon & Schuster and Kensington Books.
She has spent the past 13 years managing pre-publication details and publicity elements for debut book campaigns consisting of galley mailings, development of proper angles and pitches for national and regional mediums, quote requests, coordinating and implementing book tours, award submissions and speaking engagements resulting in several bestseller lists, year-end lists, and other distinctions for self-published and debut authors including, USA Best Book Award for Fiction, Phyllis Wheatley Award for Fiction, Break Out Author of the Year (African American Literary Award Show); Essence Bestsellers; 2014 White House Champion of Change honoree. She represents fiction, non-fiction and poetry including New York Times bestseller D. Watkins, author of The Beastside: Living and Dying While Black in America, Tia Williams, former magazine beauty editor and author of The Perfect Find and Clint Smith award-winning poet, contributor to The New Yorker and author of Counting Descent, a collection of poetry.