Originally from northern California, Laurie Abkemeier graduated from Wells College with a degree in communications. Her first job was as an editorial assistant in the Touchstone/Fireside division of Simon & Schuster, and she soon moved to Hyperion where she acquired and edited dozens of books and was responsible for five New York Times bestsellers and many national bestsellers.

In 2003, Laurie joined DeFiore and Company as a literary agent. Her talented roster of authors includes journalists, bloggers, poets, academics, and artists. She has represented multiple New York Times and national bestsellers, and she has overseen many book-to-screen deals, including those that led to the #1 blockbuster movie Marley & Me and The CW drama Hellcats. Laurie strives to maintain an eclectic list in which projects don’t overlap, but rather connect. She is currently most interested in narrative nonfiction about remarkable individuals or achievements in the areas of history, sports, science, nature, sociology, and technology, and prescriptive nonfiction that is research-based. She is also interested in hearing from artists and illustrators with book ideas.

You can follow Laurie on Twitter and Tumblr. Her AGENT OBVIOUS app is available as a free download for the iPhone. Visit the iTunes Store to download the app or visit Agent Obvious on Tumblr.

Narrative Nonfiction Highlights:

  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s SEINFELDIA and MARY AND LOU AND RHODA AND TED (Simon & Schuster)
  • Kristen Green’s SOMETHING MUST BE DONE ABOUT PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY (Harper)
  • Nathalia Holt, PhD’s RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS (Little, Brown)
  • Greg Nichols’ STRIKING GRIDIRON (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • Kate Torgovnick’s CHEER (Touchstone)
  • Gianmarc Manzione’s PIN ACTION (Pegasus Books)

Memoir Highlights:

  • John Grogan’s MARLEY & ME (William Morrow)
  • William Alexander’s THE $64 TOMATO (Algonquin)
  • Neil Hayward’s LOST AMONG THE BIRDS (Bloomsbury)

General Nonfiction Highlights:

  • John Austin’s MINIWEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (Chicago Review Press)
  • Daniel Chamovitz, PhD’s WHAT A PLANT KNOWS (Scientific American Books)
  • Lisa Cron’s WIRED FOR STORY (Ten Speed Press)
  • Traci Mann PhD’s SECRETS FROM THE EATING LAB (HarperWave)
  • Keith Houston’s SHADY CHARACTERS (W.W. Norton)
  • Jessica Lahey’s THE GIFT OF FAILURE (Harper)
  • Cal Newport’s SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU and DEEP WORK (Grand Central)

Illustrated Gift:

  • Meera Lee Patel’s START WHERE YOU ARE (Perigee)
  • Philippa Rice’s SOPPY (Andrews McMeel)
  • Yumi Sakugawa’s YOUR ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BECOMING ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE (Adams Media)

Children’s Picture Book Highlights:

  • John Grogan’s BAD DOG, MARLEY! et al (HarperCollins Children’s)
  • Jorey Hurley’s NEST and FETCH (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Andrew Kolb’s EDMUND UNRAVELS (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)
  • Kyle T. Webster’s PLEASE SAY PLEASE! (Scholastic)

How To Query Laurie Abkemeier:

Laurie accepts only email queries. Send a brief email describing you and your project to Laurie@defliterary.com Please include the word “query” and your book title in the subject line. Attachments will not be opened unless requested. Submissions do not need to be exclusive, and response time is generally no more than two weeks. If you are querying about a children’s picture book, please paste the entire text into the query and/or provide a link to illustration samples if you are an illustrator. [NOTE: Laurie is not currently considering fiction from prospective clients, and if you call your manuscript “a novel,” that implies fiction.] Laurie is no longer accepting queries by snail mail.