Brian DeFiore started DeFiore and Company in 1999, after close to twenty years as an editor and an executive at several major publishing houses, including Random House, Hyperion, Dell Publishing and St. Martin's Press.
Kate Garrick joined in 2002 as an associate. She now represents her own list of prominent clients and is Director of Contracts for the agency.
Laurie Abkemeier, a former editor and colleague of Brian DeFiore's from Hyperion, joined the agency as an agent in 2003.
Adam Schear, an agent and Foreign Rights Director at the agency, joined in 2009.
In 2010, DeFiore and Company had a major expansion with the addition of four agents. Debra Goldstein and Matthew Elblonk, formerly of the agency The Creative Culture, joined the agency in March. Caryn Karmatz Rudy, a former editor at Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing, joined the agency later that same year.
Meredith Kaffel joined the agency as an agent in 2012, after six years at the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency.
Rebecca Strauss joined the agency in early 2013 after seven years at McIntosh & Otis, Inc. where she was an agent and Director of Subsidiary Rights.
Nicole Tourtelot joined the agency as an agent in 2015, after three years at Kuhn Projects.
The company has sold hundreds of book projects to publishers large and small. In the last few years, the company has had nine New York Times bestsellers and dozens of additional titles on regional and chain store bestseller lists around the country. Our books have been published in dozens of languages around the world, and several have been sold as major motion picture and television properties.
On our site, you'll learn more about the agency: who we are, the clients we currently represent, what sorts of projects we're looking for, and how to contact us. If you're a writer new to the business of publishing, please check out our submissions guidelines and resources pages. Thank you for checking us out, and please return regularly for updates on our clients and their work.
Brian DeFiore and the staff