Update: Samira's debut has been re-titled Love, Hate & Other Filters! You can add it on Goodreads here!
Here we go.
Back in February, during one of the many publishing pitch events on Twitter (#PitMatch, a team up between the crew of #PitMad and #MSWL), I came across Samira Ahmed's query, which, and I've said it multiple times and in emails to editors, I favorited so fast I nearly broke my mouse.
Here's that original tweet:
— Samira Ahmed (@sam_aye_ahm) February 11, 2016
Four days later, I called and offered to represent her. She dishes about all that here.
Four days. That's how fast I read this manuscript. Faster, really. I read it in a single weekend. It was beautiful, hilarious, and heartbreaking. It felt important and utterly needed. A story of a girl torn between worlds, the one of her family and the one she wants. Of her family's dreams and her own. Of two boys. Of two futures. And it all comes falling down when a terrorist attack hits a nearby city, and the alleged bomber shares a last name with her and her family.
It asks a gripping question. What happens to the one Muslim girl, and the one Muslim family, in a town suddenly rocked by fear and peers driven by misguided hatred?
It's my belief that this book will give Muslim teenagers a powerful place to see themselves in literature, during a time when hatemongers are continued to be given a platform in our media. I hope they see this book and know they are wanted. That their voices matter.
In fact, while discussing the book on Twitter this weekend, one teenager sent out an excited tweet about the book, and it made me tear up:
— Aneeqah N. (@hianeeqah) July 23, 2016
This book tackles important themes with grace and breathtaking prose, and I'm so thrilled to announce it'll be on shelves soon.
LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed has been acquired by Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen, the YA imprint of Soho Press. Daniel worked on my favorite book of 2015, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, and is an incredibly talented editor who understands and believes in this book's message. It'll hit shelves everywhere in the Spring of 2018.
Epic thanks to Daniel at the team at Soho for taking this book on. Be sure to follow Samira on Twitter, and send her all the congrats.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some more crying to do.
And remember, querying authors. Social media is a fantastic resource. Samira and I found each other there, and just a few months later... here we are.