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Ms. Tasneem Motala

The Rights Factory

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Tasneem Motala

The Rights Factory

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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Chick Lit
  • Fantasy, Contemporary/Urban
  • Fantasy, Magical Realism
Graphic Novel
Picture Book
Science Fiction
Short Story Collections
Young Adult
  • Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Young Adult, Fantasy
  • Young Adult, Historical
  • Young Adult, Literary
  • Young Adult, Mystery
  • Young Adult, Paranormal
  • Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
  • Young Adult, Romance
  • Young Adult, Science Fiction


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03/23/2023 09:20 PM
OK an agent with a biais discrimination against white people and form Canada too.
03/02/2023 01:39 PM
Only taking BIPOC submissions, per the QM form.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
02/28/2023 10:47 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries. Genres updated.
01/24/2023 10:56 AM
EQ: Dec. 16/22
Form Pass: Jan 24/23

YA Fantasy
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
01/06/2023 10:51 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries. Thanks aloopratha
01/06/2023 02:18 AM
Closed tonight to queries, according to Twitter and QM.
12/28/2022 07:45 PM
It looks like Ms. Motala read the query herself, rather than have an intern do it, give her props for that. Her response time was 33 days, which is acceptable. The rejection is pretty generic, but it didn't mention the usual too many manuscripts not enough time response, which is pretty standard.

09/23/2022 04:45 PM
FQ: 6/3/22
Full Request: 6/29/22, sent same day
Form Rejection: 9/23/22
Adult Fantasy 85k

Thank you for sending me the manuscript for__. While I did enjoy certain aspects of it, your project overall does not seem like a fit for me at this time, and so I will have to pass.
Thank you for the opportunity to read your manuscript, as well as for considering me in your search for the perfect agent, and best of luck with your future queries.
Good luck,

08/29/2022 06:57 PM
#DVpit like on 6/1
Queried: 6/1/22
Rejected w/ NEGATIVE feedback: 6/15/22
I don't even want to write the feedback I got. I will say she mistook my entire genre, which was a red flag.

MG Fantasy 35k
08/18/2022 03:20 PM
Rejected with standard copy/paste rejection letter. Didn't even give me a chance.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
08/01/2022 06:35 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
07/27/2022 11:45 AM
Form query: June 9, 2022
Form rejection: July 27, 2022 (on my birthday, LOL!)

66k YA Contemporary Romance (BIPOC)
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
07/01/2022 04:58 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
06/30/2022 04:19 PM
FQ: 5/19 Pit Dark like
Full Request: 6/8 Sent same day
Nudge with offer of rep:6/22
Kind step Aside 6/30
82k Rom Com
06/05/2022 09:24 AM
Late entry:

Form Query: 1/3/22 - #PitMad request
Form Rejection: 1/9/22

92k YA contemporary fantasy
05/28/2022 10:27 AM
reps Ellen Chang-Richardson
04/06/2022 03:40 PM
@LUV4NA I do agree with you on the backgrounds and perhaps a different world view and I wholeheartedly support that. But I also believe that there is a difference between stating the perspective you are coming from and opening up to that and saying that because you don't look like this, I'm not going to take you. It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Again, though, my point remains if your story is marketable it will get picked up. And your skin color should have nothing to do with it <3
04/05/2022 10:28 PM
You...are clearly missing the point. Let BIPOC write their own stories and let them have the same platform as non-BIPOC writers. Mentioning you're BIPOC is not asking for special treatment. It's alerting the agent what perspective they're writing from and what lived experiences could be incorporated in their work. Diversity in client lists, work settings, audiences, etc are important for so many reasons that I won't get into here because this comment section is meant for query updates and not for a debate like this.

This will be the last time I comment about this. Please educate yourself because the low number of published stories by BIPOC should bother you way more than an agent who is only seeking BIPOC queries.
04/05/2022 07:56 PM
Yes. I am. Stories that can be marketed get published, not because of skin color. Fixing discrimination with discrimination is like saying two wrongs make a right. Furthermore, why would you mention your race when you query unless you wanted special privilege? I have never mentioned my race and it doesn't matter unless you're specifically looking for it. And no one should look at a book and go, "wow, it's great, the writing is well done and it's totally marketable. I just wish the author were a different race." That's crazy. Let your work speak for you. My skin color is not a barrier unless I make it one.
04/04/2022 11:31 PM
Patrick, do you know if she recently moved to New York? On her twitter page it still says Toronto and this page still has the Canadian flag and not the U.S. flag.
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02/28/2023 - Open to queries. Genres updated.
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