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ABOUT THE AGENT:

Nour Sallam is an associate agent at P.S. Literary Agency representing adult fiction and non-fiction.

She first joined the PSLA team as an intern in 2022 before becoming a literary assistant. Nour has previously worked in editing, podcasting, communications, and journalism. She got her start at the University of British Columbia where she studied English Literature and Political Science. She then completed her publishing certificate at Toronto Metropolitan University.

“As an Arab woman and an immigrant, she particularly loves books of any genre that feature BIPOC characters, complex and nuanced histories, power dynamics, or social and political issues.”

NOUR IS SEEKING:

FICTION
“In terms of fiction, I am seeking commercial and upmarket titles, contemporary fiction with fabulist elements, speculative fiction, edgy psychological thrillers, as well as mysteries, light horror and rom-coms featuring underrepresented characters of any background. I am also actively seeking character-driven stories featuring women in power, unhinged women, and female rage. I have a soft spot for unreliable narrators, family sagas with dysfunctional families silently navigating trauma, protagonists in their 20s-30s navigating adulthood, protagonists on the cusp of major life changes, and stories that focus on friendship dynamics.
I am actively seeking projects that feature complex and nuanced histories and power dynamics, address social and political issues, or center BIPOC characters. I am drawn to titles that explore the diverse experiences of underrepresented groups and challenge our understanding of diasporic experiences and/or cultures. Bonus points if the stories are also *fun* and celebrate joy alongside acknowledging trauma.”

NONFICTION
“I welcome fresh and accessible perspectives on big ideas or industry deep dives as well as narrative nonfiction on pop culture, art, and nature. I also appreciate books that offer incisive commentary on culture, socio-economic structures, corporate underbellies, health and wellness, and lifestyle. My taste in non-fiction gravitates towards books that generally challenge what we know or explain what we might not know.”

Nour is especially seeking: BIPOC-centered narratives in the psychological horror, horror, mystery, suspense, and thriller genres; Gen-Z/Millennial financial literacy book (with accessible writing and information); contemporary novel-in-stories where the characters are connected through one event, place, or person; the “unhinged woman” narrative with BIPOC characters; a heist story with high stakes and gritty tension (think SIX OF CROWS for adults, minus the fantasy); and anything that you can read to the soundtrack of  Taylor Swift’s Reputation album.

Nour prefers tropes such as: Found family, setting as character, child protagonists in adult fiction, a slow burn will they/won’t they romance, a second chance relationship (romantic or otherwise!), and murder mysteries with a villainous victim.

Nour is (currently) not looking for: Strictly memoir, self-help, true crime, epic fantasy with heavy world-building, historical fiction focused on WWI, WWII, or Cold War conspiracies and/or spy-adjacent books, cookbooks, or kidlit/ YA.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Nour only accepts submissions via email. Please direct all queries to: query@psliterary.com.

If you would like to send a query to Nour, please review the submission guidelines on the agency’s website. Please title your submission email “ATTN: Nour Sallam / PROJECT TITLE / GENRE / CREATOR NAME”

P.S. Literary Agency will reopen to queries on January 2nd, 2024.

 

 

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