Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, formerly an agent with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, joined DeFiore and Company in early 2012. She represents and is seeking arresting new voices across a spectrum of genres, though she is most interested in adult literary and upmarket fiction, literary creative nonfiction, illustrators with distinct narrative points of view, and books for children. What ties together Meredith’s varied list is her sensibility, which tends, across genres, toward the fierce, the epic, the romantic, the brave, the haunting, the hilarious, the obsessive, the wondrous and astounding – those books which render the ordinary extraordinary and the extraordinary relatable and within reach – books full of heart and smarts both.
Other areas of particular interest for Meredith include group biographies; social, cultural, literary and art history and history of ideas; narratives and sagas of love, female friendship, family, and the ties that bind. Prior to joining the publishing world, Meredith earned her B.A. in Renaissance Studies at Yale, where she focused primarily on Italian Renaissance art history, architecture and literature. You can follow Meredith on Twitter at She is a member of the AAR and PEN. She is also the agency’s UK Rights Director.

Adult Highlights:

Other adult highlights include novelists and short story writers Chloe Shaw, Kate Milliken, C. Morgan Babst and more.

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How to Submit to Meredith Kaffel Simonoff:

Please query her at with the following:

  • A brief description of your book
  • A brief, relevant bio
  • For fiction, please include the first five pages in the body of your email
  • For illustrators, please include your website or online portfolio