Sonali Chanchani

Sonali is an agent at Folio Literary Management, where she represents literary and upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction. Across the board, Sonali is drawn to character-driven stories that center historically underrepresented voices and deepen her understanding of the world around her.

In fiction, Sonali is particularly interested in smart, funny novels about identity and coming of age, braided narratives of friendship and/or family, and nuanced psychological suspense. In general, she has a soft spot for small towns, quirky characters, witty perspectives, magical realism, and elements of folklore or mythology.

In nonfiction, Sonali looks for narratives and collections that illuminate some aspect of our society or culture with an eye towards social justice. She is especially interested in reported narratives that advance our current conversations about race, class, gender, and/or politics. 

Sonali began her career in publishing at Kaya, an independent press dedicated to publishing authors from the Asian diaspora. She is a member of the Association of American Literary Agents, where she serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Sonali is available for consultation and submission assessment.