Sonali Chanchani

Sonali ChanChani
I began my career in publishing with an internship at Kaya, an independent press dedicated to publishing authors from the Asian diaspora. I joined Folio in 2015, where I work closely alongside Claudia Cross and Frank Weimann on a range of fiction and nonfiction projects. I’m also actively building my own list..

For me, books have always been a way into the world — a chance to experience a new perspective, whether in a far off time and place or just around the corner from me. I’ve always loved stories that lift me up and take me somewhere new — or turn me around and reframe the world I know.

In fiction, I’m looking for character-driven upmarket and literary fiction with a strong, distinctive voice. In particular, I’m drawn to smart women’s fiction; funny, heartfelt family stories; nuanced psychological mysteries; and rich, atmospheric historical projects with a touch of magical realism.

In nonfiction, I’m interested in narratives with a social justice bent or that illuminate some aspect of our society or culture (I especially love working with journalists in this space). I’m also interested in popular psychology, essay collections, and memoirs that speak to larger societal concerns.

In Young Adult, I gravitate towards contemporary realistic stories that blend humor and heart, as well as the occasional dystopian or fantasy project (with a soft spot for myth, fairytale, and folklore retellings).

Across the board, I’m a fierce advocate of authors from marginalized communities and keen to represent a diversity of voices.

How to submit to me: Please send your query letter and the first 10 pages of your project (pasted in the body of your email) to Please be sure to include the word QUERY and the title of your project in the subject line to ensure that I don’t miss your letter.