Miriam Altshuler began her career at Russell & Volkening, where she worked for twelve years with such writers as Anne Tyler, Eudora Welty, Joseph Campbell, Nadine Gordimer, and Bernard Malamud.  In 1994 she established her own agency, which she ran for twenty-one years until she joined DeFiore and Company in early 2016.

Miriam specializes in adult literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, and books for children.

First and foremost, she responds to voice and stories that are character-driven.  She searches for books that draw her in and give her a new perspective on a world she doesn’t know, or make her think more deeply about a world she does know. Miriam seeks books with a heart and writers with wonderful storytelling abilities.

In fiction, she is most interested in family sagas, historical novels, and stories that offer a new twist or retelling of some kind. She does not work with adult romance, sci fi, or fantasy.

In nonfiction, she loves memoir, narrative nonfiction, and self-help (as long as it is not too prescriptive). She particularly responds to books that have an important cultural, social, or psychological focus.

For children’s books, she focuses primarily on YA and middle grade, and her tastes vary broadly in those areas. It always comes back to the voice and the heart of a story for her.

Nonfiction Highlights:

  • Marja Mills (THE MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR: Life With Harper Lee)
  • Dr. Sue Johnson (HOLD ME TIGHT: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love; LOVE SENSE: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships)
  • Andrew Carroll (WAR LETTERS: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars; HERE IS WHERE: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History; OPERATION HOMECOMING; BEHIND THE LINES)
  • Dr. Craig Malkin (RETHINKING NARCISSISM: The Bad–and Surprising Good–About Feeling Special)
  • Wednesday Martin (PRIMATES OF PARK AVENUE: A Memoir)
  • Adina Hoffman (TILL WE HAVE BUILT JERUSALEM: Architects of a New City; SACRED TRASH: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza; MY HAPPINESS BEARS NO RELATION TO HAPPINESS: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century)
  • Phil Zuckerman (LIVING THE SECULAR LIFE: New Answers to Old Questions)
  • Harriet Brown (BODY OF TRUTH: Change Your Life by Changing the Way You Think about Weight and Health; BRAVE GIRL EATING: A Family’s Struggle With Anorexia)
  • Donna Freitas (THE END OF SEX: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy; SEX & THE SOUL: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses)

Fiction Highlights:

  • Robb Forman Dew (DALE LOVES SOPHIE TO DEATH; THE EVIDENCE AGAINST HER; THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER; BEING POLITE TO HITLER)
  • Elizabeth Rosner (ELECTRIC CITY)
  • Maya Lang (THE SIXTEENTH OF JUNE)
  • George Lerner (THE AMBASSADORS)
  • Alice Lichtenstein (LOST)
  • Douglas Trevor (GIRLS I KNOW; A THIN TEAR IN THE FABRIC OF SPACE)

Children’s Highlights

  • Walter Dean Myers, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (MONSTER; FALLEN ANGELS; SUNRISE OVER FALLJAH; ON A CLEAR DAY; DARIUS & TWIG; BAD BOY; HANDBOOK FOR BOYS; GAME; WE ARE AMERICA; JAZZ)
  • Ted Sanders (THE KEEPERS series)
  • Donna Freitas (THE TENDERNESS OF THIEVES; UNPLUGGED; THE SURVIVAL KIT; THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD; THIS GORGEOUS GAME; GOLD MEDAL SUMMER)
  • Charles R. Smith (28 DAYS: Moments in Black History That Changed the World; BRICK BY BRICK; I AM THE WORLD)
  • Kathryn Siebel (THE TROUBLE WITH TWINS)
  • Jill Santopolo (SPARKLE SPA series)
  • Tod Olson (LOST series)
  • Christine Kendall (RIDING CHANCE)
  • Alex Sanchez (RAINBOW triology; GIRLFRIENDS WITH BOYFRIENDS; BAIT; THE GOD BOX; SO HARD TO SAY)

How to Submit to Miriam Altshuler:

PLEASE NOTE: For all subsidiary rights and permission inquiries, please contact Miriam at miriam@defliterary.com

For all manuscript queries, please send an email to her at querymiriam@defliterary.com. Miriam only accepts email queries. Include the following:

  • A brief description of your book
  • A brief, relevant bio
  • The first chapter pasted in the body of your email. Attachments will not be opened.
  • I also really want to know what you feel the heart of your book is, in one or two sentences.