Saba Sulaiman


Literary Agent at Talcott Notch. Eternally recovering from maternity leave. Probably hiding behind the crib eating cake. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Talcott Notch Literary

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · Jun 21

YES TO THIS 👇🏽👇🏽 if you knew your genre inside out, you wouldn't say this and you wouldn't feel superior to others writing in it, because you'd be too busy figuring out how best to honor it for having made you the writer you are today.


Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 21 Feb 2017

Gentle reminder: please finish writing + revising your book before you query. You'll have a better sense of how to go about it. #querytip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 16 Feb 2017

Here's @ml_keller on why + how you should avoid being vague in your pitches and query letters:…

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 17 Aug 2016

When an agent says they want to see more of your work, they mean it. It's a demonstration of faith in your talent and potential. #querytip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 21 Dec 2015

Perhaps not the best approach

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 2 Nov 2015

Can deliberately misleading an agent into reading your query ever work? #QueryTip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 22 Oct 2015

If we've met at a conference, don't forget to mention WHERE we met when you follow up with me. #QueryTip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 20 Oct 2015

Unless you're querying me for personal reasons, I don't need to know you found me via our website/WD. Open w/ your pitch instead. #QueryTip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 18 Sep 2015

Two queries this week with the deliberately misleading subject line "Requested Materials."


Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 3 Sep 2015

Please don't pitch your YA novel as the "ideal read for teens with their ADD tendencies." I mean... just don't do it. #QueryTip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 20 Aug 2015

"Although my book isn't exactly what you're looking f—"


Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 3 Aug 2015

I implore you: please don't open with the weather. It may not = an automatic rejection but it puts you at an instant disadvantage. #querytip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 29 Jul 2015

"Although this isn't what you asked for, I hope y—" Stopstopstop. Pointing out that your book isn't on my wishlist won't help you. #querytip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 30 Jun 2015

Been receiving quite a few queries soliciting feedback for incomplete projects. Newsflash: this is not an agent's job. #querytip #agenttip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 25 Jun 2015

Please don't send a follow-up query moments later HIGHLIGHTING a typo. You know I may have missed it, right? #querytip #yougottahavefaith

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 9 Jun 2015

Please write a query letter. I'm seeing many "My Writing Speaks For Itself" emails with just the pages, and... that's not okay. #querytip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 8 Jun 2015

You should know your book's genre. Telling me that you don't, or that it "could be" X or Y means you haven't done your research. #QueryTip

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 2 Jun 2015

Your subject line is valuable real estate, and putting my name in it does nothing for you. Mention your genre/title/hook instead. #querytip