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. Her interests span history, science (physical, biological, and psychological), nature, sports, adventure, health and wellness, self-improvement, investigative journalism, big ideas, women’s studies, pop culture, and the offbeat.

Narrative Nonfiction Highlights:

  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s SEINFELDIA and SEX AND THE CITY AND US (Simon & Schuster)
  • Nathalia Holt, PhD’s RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS and THE QUEENS OF ANIMATION (Little, Brown)
  • Saul Austerlitz’s JUST A SHOT AWAY (Thomas Dunne Books) and GENERATION FRIENDS (Dutton)
  • Kate Torgovnick’s CHEER (Touchstone)
  • Anne Gardiner Perkins’ YALE NEEDS WOMEN (Sourcebooks)

Memoir Highlights:

  • Jean Kennedy Smith’s THE NINE OF US (Harper)
  • 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:

  • Ty Tashiro’s AWKWARD (William Morrow)
  • Daniel Chamovitz, PhD’s WHAT A PLANT KNOWS (Scientific American Books)
  • Lisa Cron’s WIRED FOR STORY and STORY GENIUS (Ten Speed Press)
  • Traci Mann PhD’s SECRETS FROM THE EATING LAB (HarperWave)
  • Keith Houston’s SHADY CHARACTERS and THE BOOK (W.W. Norton)
  • Jessica Lahey’s THE GIFT OF FAILURE (Harper)
  • Cal Newport’s DIGITAL MINIMALISM (Portfolio) and DEEP WORK (Grand Central)
  • Peter Brannen’s THE ENDS OF THE WORLD (Ecco)
  • Shaun Gallagher’s EXPERIMENTING WITH BABIES (TarcherPerigee) and EXPERIMENTS FOR NEWLYWEDS (Sourcebooks)
  • Scott Young’s ULTRALEARNING (HarperBusiness)


  • Lee Crutchley: THE NOCTURNAL JOURNAL and GET LOST! (TarcherPerigee)
  • Rachel Dougherty: SECRET ENGINEER (Roaring Brook) and A RACCOON AT THE WHITE HOUSE (Simon Spotlight)
  • Jorey Hurley: NEST, FETCH, HOP, BEEHIVE et al (Paula Wiseman/S&S Books for Young Readers)
  • Andrew Kolb: EDMUND UNRAVELS (Nancy Paulsen Books), PEACE: A CARD GAME (Chronicle), and ALL ABOARD! (Abrams Appleseed)
  • Meera Lee Patel: START WHERE YOU ARE, MY FRIEND FEAR and MADE OUT OF STARS (TarcherPerigee)
  • Philippa Rice: SOPPY, SISTER BFFs and BABY: A SOPPY STORY (Andrews McMeel)
  • Yumi Sakugawa: THE LITTLE BOOK OF LIFE HACKS (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Becky Simpson: I’D RATHER BE SHORT (Plume) and THE ROOMMATE BOOK (Andrews McMeel)
  • Debbie Tung: QUIET GIRL IN A NOISY WORLD and BOOK LOVE (Andrews McMeel)

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 have not received a response within four weeks, please check that the defliterary.com domain name is on your email server whitelist; the response might have been rejected by your server.