Associate Agent

I was drawn into the world of literature by default when my sister's growing collection of books in our tiny room began to overflow onto my bed. Bewildered by her fascination with these musty, decaying volumes, I decided to experience them for myself—and instantly fell in love. Born to Pakistani expatriates in Sri Lanka, and knowing how to express myself only in English for the first fifteen years of my life, I found comfort in reading about other culturally displaced people, unable to communicate in their native tongues, and hesitant to assert themselves in environments where there were few examples of people like them. Moving to Pakistan and absorbing what it meant to be an educated woman in a traditional Islamic society contributed greatly to my desire to learn more about similar narratives, especially from other women. In an effort to understand how it felt to be surrounded by other ambitious women with the desire to shatter patriarchal restrictions, I enrolled as an undergraduate at Wellesley College. And the rest, as they say, is history

After double majoring in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies at Wellesley, I studied modern Persian Literature at the University of Chicago, where I got involved with editing our department’s academic journal. And it finally hit me—working closely with writers to hone their craft; seeing a piece of writing from its inception through to its eventual publication; and advocating for what I believed was stellar prose worthy of recognition—this was my calling. So I interned at various newspaper and magazine publications, worked as an editorial intern at Sourcebooks, and then wound up at Talcott Notch, where I’m excited to begin my career as a literary agent.

I’m currently open to the following genres:

Adult: up-market literary and commercial fiction, romance (all subgenres except paranormal), character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries, and memoir.

Young Adult: all subgenres except paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi. I'm particularly interested in contemporary realistic YA -- anything with heart, humor, and personality. But if you've got a fast-paced, chilling mystery, I'm all ears.

Middle Grade: anything that's smart, accessible and written with flair. Whether it's quirky and funny, or just plain sweet and heartwarming -- it's no big secret that this is my favorite category. Also, I'd love anything Roald Dahl-esque.

Non-fiction: humor.

I’m looking for strong voices and unconventional narratives that really make me sit up, pay attention, and move me. Introduce me to unforgettable characters with complex, deep relationships, and show me worlds where things aren’t necessarily as they seem. Intelligent, sharp writing with soul is my biggest weakness, and if you can offer a fresh perspective on top of that, I’ll probably be sold.

Also -- and this deserves its own paragraph -- I’m all about diversity, in all its various forms. Bonus points if your book contains multicultural perspectives, and themes of immigration, displacement, and cultural adjustment.

When I’m not reading, you’ll probably find me learning another foreign language, playing Scrabble, watching a Bollywood movie, or singing in the bathroom (the acoustics, am I right?)

You can learn more about my particular interests and current wish list by checking my website ( and by following me on Twitter:

Upcoming appearances:

Writing for Young Adults Workshop : March 3, 2018

Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop : April 6-7, 2018

Long Island Romance Writers Luncheon : May 4, 2018

Slice Literary Writers' Conference : September 8-9, 2018

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Pitch Event : September 29, 2018

Saba's Latest Deals

September 30, 2019 - LIVE WITH THAT, by Kyle Lukoff

Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Author of A STORYTELLING OF RAVENS and WHEN AIDAN BECAME A BROTHER Kyle Lukoff's LIVE WITH THAT, about an 11-year-old coming into a new gender identity, all while dealing with a ghost who may or may not be their recently deceased uncle, to Ellen Cormier at Dial, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2021, by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services (world).

July 12, 2019 - LAXMI'S MOOCH, by Shelly Anand and Nabi Ali

Children's: Picture book

Debut author Shelly Anand's LAXMI'S MOOCH, about an Indian-American girl who gets teased at school for having a mustache, but then embarks on a personal journey towards accepting herself and her heritage, and eventually celebrates her mooch in all its glory, illustrated by Nabi Ali, to Namrata Tripathi at Kokila, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2021, by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services for the author, and by James Burns at The Bright Group for the illustrator (world).

May 21, 2019 - THE NINTH LIFE, by Taylor Barton

Children's: Young Adult Fiction

Taylor Barton's THE NINTH LIFE, about a teen boy who, having lived eight previous lives as a cat, finds himself discovering the complexity of human emotions while juggling feelings for the boy he's closest to and a girl he knew in his previous life, to T.S. Ferguson at Inkyard Press, with Natashya Wilson editing, for publication in fall 2020, by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services (world).

August 7, 2018 - MUSLIM GIRLS RISE, by Saira Mir and Aaliya Jaleel

Children's: Picture book

Saira Mir's MUSLIM GIRLS RISE, a collection of short biographies introducing young readers to nineteen extraordinary 21st-century Muslim women who are doing important, inspirational work to change the world, illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel, to Zareen Jaffery at Salaam Reads, at auction, for publication in 2020, by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services (world).

Rights: Terrie Wolf at AKA Literary Management

July 26, 2018 - THE COMPLICATED MATH OF TWO PLUS ONE, by Cathleen Barnhart

Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Debut author Cathleen Barnhart's THE COMPLICATED MATH OF TWO PLUS ONE, in which best friends have to figure out how to deal with their confusion and hurt when the boy's attempts at flirting go too far, to Courtney Stevenson at Harper Children's, for publication in 2020, by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services (world English).

June 27, 2018 - TARNISHED ARE THE STARS, by Rosiee Thor

Children's: Young Adult Fiction

Rosiee Thor's TARNISHED ARE THE STARS, a debut science fiction novel in which a queer outlaw mechanic must team up with her worst enemies—the son of the man responsible for a sweeping epidemic of deadly heart disorders, and the alluring spy posing as his betrothed—to save her village and the planet, to Orlando Dos Reis at Scholastic, for publication in 2019, by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services (world).

June 12, 2017 - BELABORED, by Lyz Lenz

Non-fiction: Parenting

Managing Editor of The Rumpus Lyz Lenz's BELABORED, a humorous exploration of the myths and medical misconceptions surrounding pregnancy, offering irreverent cultural criticism interwoven with personal experiences and historical anecdotes, and using the experience of being pregnant in America as a lens to examine our society's deepest-held beliefs, to Remy Cawley at Norton, in a nice deal, by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

January 16, 2017 - DEATH OF THE MIDWESTERN CHURCH, by Lyz Lenz

Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality

Managing Editor of The Rumpus Lyz Lenz's DEATH OF THE MIDWESTERN CHURCH, based on her essay for Pacific Standard, an examination of the growing challenges facing America's churches in the Midwest, including discussions on how faith intersects with politics, race, sexuality, and technology in the region, to Ashley Runyon at Indiana University Press, in a nice deal, by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services.