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agent, vice president, foreign rights :
HG Literary

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 was most recently an agent at Writers House. 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 began representing clients after moving to the Susan Golomb Literary Agency, where she served as Rights Director. While at SGLA, she handled subsidiary rights for best-selling and award-winning authors such as Jonathan Franzen, Rachel Kushner, William T. Vollmann. 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 husband, daughter and their cat.

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.

General fiction, Juvenile fiction, Biography, Business/investing/finance, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books
MEMPHIS by Tara Stringfellow (Dial)
HOW TO RAISE A FEMINIST SON, by Sonora Jha (Sasquatch)
CREATIVE SHOEMAKING: A Step by Step Guide to Crafting Custom Sandals (Storey)
LITTLE WITCH'S BOOK OF SPELLS, by Ariel Kusby (Chronicle)
SECRET SOLDIERS by Keely Hutton (Macmillan Children's Group)
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? and VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY by Rosalie Knecht (Tin House)
HOUSE PLANT JOURNAL, by Darryl Cheng (Abrams)
RELIEF MAP, by Rosalie Knecht (Tin House)
ROCKING FATHERHOOD: How to Be a Dad--and Awesome at the Same Time (Da Capo Press)
CANNIBALS IN LOVE by Mike Roberts (Farrar, Straus Giroux)
SOLDIER BOY by Keely Hutton (Macmillan Children's Group)

Member of the AAR (Association of Author Representatives); Serves on the AAR Foreign Rights Committee
Member of the Center for Fiction; Serves on First Novel Fete Committee
Not accepting queries starting April 1, 2020 and ending Sept 1, 2020.

Email submissions only, to Include “Query” in the email subject line. Include a query letter, short bio, one-page synopsis, and the first three chapters (or 50 pages) in the body of the email.

Though I appreciate each one, due to the volume of queries I receive, I can only respond to those I wish to take on.