Ayesha Pande Literary is a New York based boutique literary agency with a small and eclectic roster of clients.
We love to work with writers who dare to innovate, take risks, express something meaningful about our world. We bring conviction and passion to everything we do: from developing concepts and ideas to strategizing long-term career goals, selling foreign, film and other subsidiary rights, brainstorming marketing and publicity plans; and advocating for our authors.
We are especially passionate about discovering and nurturing talented new voices, and we work hard to procure and negotiate contracts and guide authors through the bewildering publication process. We work with clients on setting career goals; consult with them on creating an effective online media platform and advocate for their interests with the publishing companies. We believe good writing is everything and bring our extensive editorial experience to bear in editing and polishing clients’ work before submitting it to publishers. We provide every client with personal attention and because of this we limit the number of clients we take on.
Foreign and Subsidiary Rights
We work with a group of highly experienced co-agents throughout the world who aggressively sell translation rights on our client’s behalf. We regularly attend international book fairs in order to meet with foreign publishers and pitch our clients’ projects to them.
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Pande Lecture Management is a forward-thinking speakers’ management agency, dedicated to helping our clients connect with their optimal audiences and build their platforms as public intellectuals. Though our speakers come from diverse backgrounds, areas of expertise, and perspectives, all of them prove that public lectures can be entertaining as well as edifying, and all leave their audiences with fresh, relevant and timely insights on a variety of topics. Please click on the speakers tab on the home page to see biographical information on our speakers. To inquire about our speakers’ availability and fees, contact us at email@example.com.
The Digital Revolution
We believe that the publishing industry is in a period of profound transition and plan to be on the forefront of the new business models that are emerging. We strive to be part of the digital revolution. We embrace technology and social media and urge our clients to become proficient in using these to promote their work. We believe online marketing and publicity are becoming increasingly important elements in publishing a book effectively. We appreciate the growing importance of digital publishing and are establishing contacts with the key players in this exciting new realm of publishing.
About Ayesha Pande
Ayesha Pande has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before launching her boutique agency, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. She is a member of AAR (Association of Author’s Representatives), PEN, the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, Women’s Media Group and sits on the advisory board of the German Book Office. She has attended numerous writing conferences and has taught college level courses in editing. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. Her interests are wide-ranging and include literary as well as popular fiction, young adult, women’s, African-American and international fiction. She is also seeking authors of nonfiction, including biography, history, economics, popular culture, cultural commentary, memoir, and graphic novels. She is particularly drawn to distinctive, original and underrepresented voices.
About Anjali Singh
Anjali Singh started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout. Most recently Editorial Director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vintage Books. She is is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. She has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Zoe Ferraris, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos, Enid Shomer and Brigid Pasulka. As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or non-fiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, literary thrillers, memoirs, YA literature and graphic novels. She is a member of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
About Serene Hakim
Prior to joining Ayesha Pande Literary, Serene Hakim worked at Laura Gross Literary Agency in Boston. She has also interned at David Godine Publisher and Chase Literary Agency. Serene holds an M.A. in French to English translation from NYU and a B.A. in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Kansas. She loves to read anything she can get her hands on, but is particularly drawn to fiction with strong female voices, both YA and adult fiction and non-fiction with international themes, and LGBTQ and feminist issues. She is always on the lookout for great YA sci-fi and fantasy, realistic YA, and anything that gives voice to those whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized. As a child of Lebanese immigrants, she is especially interested in stories dealing with the Middle East and the variety of immigrant experiences out there.