The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Picture of Agent Rayhané Sanders

Rayhané Sanders

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty, 2018

Rayhané Sanders is an agent at Massie & McQuilkin ( and an independent book editor available for hire ( She attended NYU and began her publishing career at Newsweek Magazine. She then moved to book publishing, working first for Penguin’s Dutton and Gotham Books and then for William Morris Endeavor, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors and recipients of such honors as the PEN/Hemingway Award, PEN/New England Award, Guggenheim and Wallace Stegner Fellowships, and National Endowment for the Arts grants, among others. Rayhané began to represent authors at Wayne Kabak’s WSK Management, where she worked with a slew of internationally bestselling authors and broadcast journalists, and added a New York Times bestseller and winners of, among others, the Hopwood Award, Oregon Book Award, and Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award to her list. She represents and is on the lookout for literary and historical fiction, upmarket book-club fiction and comic novels, select YA (no speculative elements, please), propulsive narrative nonfiction, linked essay collections, and select memoir. She likes projects that are voice-centered and site-specific, whether that be a place, profession, or subculture. Though quality of writing is the most important factor, she is particularly interested in fresh voices telling fresh stories we haven’t heard before (including for YA audiences), and is fond of immigrant stories and stories concerned with race, sexuality, specific cultural settings, cross-cultural themes, and notions of identity.

Selected Media

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

"MASSIE & McQUILKIN is a full-service literary agency that focuses on bringing fiction and non-fiction of quality to the largest possible audience. We work closely with our clients at every stage of a project’s development, submission, and placement—staying involved in all issues of design, publicity and sales, long after the ink has dried on a contract, to ensure that the author’s needs are being met by his or her publisher." Authors include Kim Addonizio, Kate Bernehimer, Peter Ho Davies, Roxane Gay, and more.