Rukhsana Yasmin is joining The Good Literary Agency (TGLA) as an associate agent focusing on non-fiction but also building a select fiction list, particularly genre, literary and speculative fiction.
Most recently deputy editor at Wasafiri magazine, she initially entered the industry through an Arts Council England diversity in publishing scheme and went on to work at Saqi Books, Profile and Jacaranda. In 2012 she was awarded the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing and was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2014. She is a trustee of the Centre for Learning in Primary Education, with particular interest in the representation of children of colour in books.
Agency co-founder Nikesh Shukla said: “We've long been fans of Rukhsana's work and when we discovered her desire to become an agent we jumped at the opportunity to have her join TGLA. We're excited at how her taste complements our existing team's and can't wait to see what authors she brings to the agency.”
Yasmin added: “Throughout my career as an editor I have loved working with authors to bring their books to publication. More recently I have been working with new writers from under-represented backgrounds and it has fired me up to bring these unheard voices to the attention of global readers.
“The Good Literary Agency is a fantastic base from where I can extend my reach to bring untold, or hidden, stories from the UK. The advocacy and activism of co-founders Julia Kingsford and Nikesh Shukla has been extraordinary and I am proud to be a part of it. “
Yasmin can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.