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agent, vice president, foreign rights : soumeya@hgliterary.com
SOUMEYA BENDIMERAD ROBERTS
HG Literary
6 West 18th Street, Suite 7R, New York, NY 10011 US
http://www.hgliterary.com
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/soumeya_b

Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts joined HG Literary in 2017, where she is a Vice President and Literary Agent. She represents a select but powerful list as well as handling International Subsidiary Rights on behalf of the agency. She seeks to amplify and cultivate writers whose work advances the cultural conversation, shifts the center of who we think of as a hero of a story, and writers whose intellect and voice are a surprise and a delight to read. Soumeya feels that it's her great honor to represent writers and seeks to create long-standing bonds in creating opportunities for her authors and their work. By nature drawn to the endless delight of editing her clients' work, she is nonetheless a fearless negotiator when the reading glasses come off.

Soumeya has been an advocate for authors for over twenty years and a literary agent for over a decade. She was previously an agent at Writers House and the Susan Golomb Literary Agency. She began her career in the editorial department at MacAdam/Cage, an independent publisher based in San Francisco. On moving to New York, she was a book scout for Sanford Greenburger Associates, reporting on the American literary marketplace for foreign publishing houses.

She is seeking literary and upmarket novels and collections and intelligent narrative nonfiction, design-driven proposals, and memoir. She also represents a select list of realistic young-adult and middle-grade. Soumeya is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family and their cat, Nina Simone.

In fiction, Soumeya is seeking literary and upmarket novels and collections, and also represents realistic young-adult and middle-grade. She likes books with vivid voices and compelling, well-developed story-telling, and is particularly interested in narratives by people of color and fiction that reflects on the post-colonial world. She's currently on the hunt for narratives set in enclosed settings, stylized literary takes on genre (especially literary thriller and suspense), novels set in other countries or shot through with elements of travel, family sagas, historical narratives (especially those that intertwine with the present), honest, updated, politically charged takes on the domestic family novel, and unconventional love stories. A lover of craft, she is drawn to observant writing that illuminates dynamic relationships between complex but sympathetic characters, intelligent experiments with form, and stories that enchant and transport the reader in authentic and inventive ways.

In non-fiction, she is primarily looking for idea-driven or voice-forward memoirs, personal essay collections, and approachable narrative non-fiction of all stripes: politics, current events; popular culture, (especially anything that deals with subcultures - the more minute the better), unconventional business, popular science, adventure, psychology, and more. She also represents practical nonfiction in the areas of cooking, design, craft, gardening, travel and the outdoors, humor, health, and parenting.


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Juvenile fiction, Biography, Business/investing/finance, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
Fiction:

MEMPHIS by Tara M. Stringfellow (Dial)
STATEWAY'S GARDEN by Jasmon Drain (Random House)
TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG, by Fernando A. Flores (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
THE CAPTIVES, by Debra Jo Immergut (Ecco)
WHO IS VERA KELLY?, VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY, and VERA KELLY, LOST AND FOUND by Rosalie Knecht (Tin House)

Nonfiction:

HOW TO RAISE A FEMINIST SON, by Sonora Jha (Sasquatch)
CREATIVE SHOEMAKING: A Step by Step Guide to Crafting Custom Sandals (Storey)
THE NEW PLANT PARENT: Develop Your Green Thumb and Care for your House-Plant Family by Darryl Cheng (Abrams)
ROCKING FATHERHOOD: How to Be a Dad--and Awesome at the Same Time (Da Capo Press)

Children's:
LITTLE WITCH'S BOOK OF SPELLS, by Ariel Kusby (Chronicle)
SECRET SOLDIERS by Keely Hutton (Macmillan Children's Group)
SOLDIER BOY by Keely Hutton (Macmillan Children's Group)

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
A SMALL APOCALYPSE: STORIES by Laura Chow Reeve (TriQuarterly)
THEY'RE FEEDING YOU TONIGHT:On Tour and Around the Table with Indie Musicians by Luke Pyenson and Alex Bleeker (Chronicle)
CARMEN AND GRACE by Melissa Coss Aquino (William Morrow)
THE LAUGHTER by Sonora Jha (HarperVia)
THE NEW PLANT COLLECTOR by Darryl Cheng
VALLEYESQUE by Fernando A. Flores (FSG/MCD)
MEMPHIS by Tara M. Stringfellow (Dial)
DON'T LOOK BACK by Keely Hutton and Achut Deng (FSG Children's)
YOU AGAIN by Debra Jo Immergut (Ecco)
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Board Member - AALA (Association of Author Representatives); Serves on the AALA Foreign Rights Committee
Member of the Center for Fiction; Serves on First Novel Fete Committee
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR QUERIES UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, 2022.

Please submit your query through the personal link to my query inbox here: https://QueryManager.com/SBR.

Include a query letter, short bio, one-page synopsis, and the first three chapters (or 50 pages).