Sonali Chanchani

Sonali Chanchani is an associate agent at Folio Literary Management, where she represents character-driven upmarket and literary fiction with a strong, distinctive voice. In particular, she’s drawn to smart women’s fiction; quirky, heartfelt family stories; nuanced psychological mysteries; and rich, atmospheric historical projects with a touch of magical realism. On the nonfiction side, she’s interested in narratives and collections that illuminate some aspect of our society or culture — especially reported narratives in the areas of race, class, gender, and politics. Sonali earned her degree in English and Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California and began her career in publishing at Kaya, an independent press dedicated to publishing authors from the Asian diaspora. Committed to fostering inclusivity in the publishing industry, Sonali is keen to represent a diversity of voices.

What I'm Looking For

Literary and upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction. In both fiction and nonfiction, I look for character-driven stories with a strong, distinctive voice.

Sample Titles or Authors

Masuma Ahuja
Julie Rodgers
Jennifer Pullen

Specializes In

FICTION: Chick Lit, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Investigative Journalism, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Women's Concerns


FICTION: Crime, Mystery, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: History, Memoir, Politics, Psychology, True Crime