Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. “Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan” is her debut adult fiction book, and her children’s early reader series “Yasmin” will be published by Capstone in August 2018. She has been featured by Oprah Magazine in 2017 as a woman making a difference in her community. She is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband and children.
My first book was a nonfiction academic-style book about grantwriting and the nonprofit sector. It was published in 2009. I began writing fiction in 2014 and my first short story collection Brick Walls was published in 2015 by a very small press. I also wrote several short stories for literary magazines during this period. In 2015-17 period I wrote several other fiction books and tried to find an agent. These included a chapter book, an MG, two adult novels and a picture book. I entered many online Twitter pitch parties as well as querying agents. Finally, I found Kari Sutherland through Twitter. Capstone (my current publisher) offered to buy my early reader series about a Pakistani American girl Yasmin in 2017. I am currently on submission for an adult novel as well.
I have a writing business, in which I assist clients write all sorts of things including grant proposals, marketing materials, websites, newsletters and much more. I routinely help other writers improve their queries and manuscripts and give them advice based on my own publishing journey.
As an immigrant, I learned one thing: you can’t do anything alone. There have always been people in my life who have helped me in numerous ways: they’ve guided me, given me invaluable advice, connected me to others, given me a boost, etc. Those people are a big reason why I’ve been successful. I believe it’s my duty to pay it forward, to help others just like I’ve been helped.
I’m hoping to mentor aspiring writers from a South Asian/Middle Eastern background, because our stories are important to tell but sometimes we need someone to tell us that.
I’m open to almost everything!
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
I’ll review the manuscript and make notes in the document as I read. Then I’ll write a big picture edit letter to tell the writer what I think is working and what’s not in terms of themes, characters, narrative arc, etc. I will then schedule a Skype or phone call to discuss the letter and see if the writer agrees with my suggestions. I will be available for back-and-forth guidance via email as he/she improves the manuscript. I will also be happy to answer any questions about the publishing process and connect them to my networks if needed.
Somebody from a South Asian/Middle Eastern background, perhaps Muslim but not necessarily.
Muslim stories, South Asian stories, immigrants, refugees, second-generation, multi-generational stories, Middle Eastern folklore, South Asian folklore, historical fiction set in South Asian and the Middle East.
DO NOT SEND ME:
I’m open to almost everything!
I grew up on British books – Enid Blyton as a child, then Shakespeare as a teen. My recent favorite shows included The Crown on Netflix and Reign on the CW. I was the nutcase bawling my eyes out at the end of Coco in the movie theater.