Mina Hamedi

Janklow & Nesbit Associates

My Manuscript Wish List®

Mina Hamedi is an agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. She grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and is of Turkish/Iranian descent. She moved to New York in 2010, completing a B.A. in Creative Nonfiction and Identity from NYU’s Gallatin School and pursued an M.F.A. in Nonfiction at Columbia University School of the Arts. She worked at David Black Literary Agency and Writer’s House while finishing her graduate degree and freelance editing and translating. She started working at J&N with Lynn Nesbit in 2018.

Mina wants to help shape the careers writers from all over the world but especially Turkish and Iranian authors whose work she can bring to wider audiences. Her wishlist includes (but is not limited to):

  • Narrative nonfiction about pop culture, essay collections, memoirs or hidden histories like TRICK MIRROR, MINOR FEELINGS, THE BOOK OF UNCONFORMITIES, FUN HOME, PRIESTDADDY, THE EMPATHY EXAMS, HEADSCARVES AND HYMENS
  • Literary fiction/story collections with focus on friendships, sisterhood, family, traditions, mythology, and horror like GOODBYE VITAMIN, SEVERANCE, AFTERPARTIES, HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD, CIRCE, MEXICAN GOTHIC, A LITTLE LIFE, THE IDIOT

In general:

  • Strong POC characters
  • Distinct sense of place/setting (if outside the US, a plus)
  • Experimental writing style
  • Intergenerational, family stories
  • Engagement in contemporary social issues
  • Coming-of-age
  • The uncanny, twisted, or unsettling
  • The empathetic or hopeful

Fun facts about me:

  • I have a cat named Saffron who was formerly a street cat in Istanbul, Turkey
  • My best friend and I are co-founders of NAUSIKAE, an art magazine and collective based in New York City
  • I write about my big, Turkish family often (you can find links to work on my website)
  • I’ve seen the Northern Lights in Iceland, lemurs in Madagascar, rode on motorcycles with my father in South Africa and can’t wait to travel again soon

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to mhamedi@janklow.com

Please follow the submission guidelines listed on our website.

*Query letter + first ten pages!