Soumeya B. Roberts
Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts joined the Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency in 2017, where she is an agent and Rights Director. She represents a diverse list of nonfiction, memoir, literary fiction, upmarket/book club fiction, and select realistic young-adult and middle-grade, and 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. Soumeya is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband 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.