Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2 New Agents Seeking Kidlit, YA, Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Memoir and more

Updated 12/19/23

Here are two new agents seeking clients. Stacey Kondla is interested in fiction and nonfiction. Sonali Chanchani is looking for speculative YA, upmarket and literary fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, psychological mysteries and thrillers, family sagas, and historical projects with a touch of magical realism, popular psychology, humor, essay collections, and memoirs that speak to larger societal concerns.

Be sure to check the agency website before querying. Agents can close their lists and submission requirements may change.

If these agents don't suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of agents seeking clients HERE.

Stacey Kondla of the Rights Factory (CANADA)

A life-long bibliophile, Stacey’s experience includes working as a Field Representative for Scholastic Book Fairs, managing at Chapters/Indigo stores, freelance editing, and serving on the organizing committee of When Words Collide (A Festival for Readers and Writers). She joined The Rights Factory in 2018 and represents fiction and nonfiction authors across age categories and across genres. Stacey is drawn to strong narrative voices, innovative storytelling, feeling all the feels, laughing all the laughs, and also the dark and the weird.

What she wants: Fiction – Contemporary, Fantasy, Feminist, Graphic novel, Historical, Horror/Supernatural, LGBTQ+, Literary, Mainstream/Commercial (incl. magical realism), Middle Grade, Mystery/Crime, Romance (prefer RomCom's), Science fiction, Speculative fiction/myths & fairy tales, Suspense/Thriller, Upmarket commercial/Book club, Women’s fiction, Young Adult
Nonfiction – History/biography, Narrative nonfiction, Pop culture, Science, Women’s issues

How to submit: Use her form HERE.


Sonali Chanchani of FolioLit

Sonali earned her degree in English and Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California and began her career in publishing with an internship at Kaya, an independent press dedicated to publishing authors from the Asian diaspora. She joined Folio in 2015, where she works closely alongside Claudia Cross and Frank Weimann and is actively building her own list.

She is a fierce advocate for underrepresented voices and keen to work with authors from marginalized communities to amplify their stories and make sure their voices are heard.

What she is looking for: Rich, character-driven stories that combine a strong voice with a compelling hook — narratives that are emotionally resonant, inspire discussion, and provoke us to see the world (and the people who populate it) in new ways. Across the board, Sonali is drawn to character-driven stories that center historically marginalized voices.   

In fiction, she is looking for literary fiction and book club fiction with a strong, distinctive voice. She’s particularly interested in smart, funny coming of age novels; braided narratives of friendship or family; literary mysteries; and atmospheric stories with a speculative or fabulist twist. She loves novels that subvert dominant cultural narratives and engage with themes of identity, belonging, community, inheritance, and diaspora.  

In nonfiction, she is looking for narratives and collections that illuminate some aspect of our society or culture with an eye towards social justice. She is especially drawn to investigative journalism and deeply researched narratives that advance our current conversations about race, class, gender, and politics. 

Genres represented
  • Bookclub Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Narrative Non-Fiction
  • Thriller
  • Women’s Fiction

How to submit: Please send your query letter and the first 10 pages of your project (pasted in the body of your email) to sonali@foliolit.com. Please be sure to include the word QUERY and the title of your project in the subject.

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