Before joining DeFiore in 2016, Reiko Davis was at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. She grew up in Kansas City, received her BA in Comparative Literature and Art History from Brown University, and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course.

Reiko’s interests are varied, but on the adult side she’s primarily seeking literary and upmarket fiction. She loves historical, contemporary, or multigenerational novels both in the U.S. and internationally; family sagas; voice-driven coming-of-age stories; the occasional rom-com; and fierce, compassionately written works that grapple with identity and belonging and portray diverse lived experiences. She’d love to connect with promising writers of short fiction who are at work on a debut story collection and/or novel.

She also represents select narrative non-fiction projects that explore social justice, issues of race and gender, and the history and experiences of women and people of color. She loves compelling journalistic narratives that read like fiction or that use an intimate personal story as a lens for a larger issue or analysis. She consumes a lot of true crime documentaries in her free time (to the horror of her fiance and her dog Norman) so is open to seeing projects in the vein of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, The Fact of a Body, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil if something like that were to cross her desk.

On the children’s side, Reiko is actively looking for middle grade projects that aren’t afraid to tackle big questions or important emotional truths, and do so through remarkable storytelling, humor, and heart. Right now she’s especially on the lookout for middle grade non-fiction in the areas of mental health, science, political activism, environmentalism, and narrative history. She has a real soft spot for novels that empower kids to make a difference in their communities.

She’s not looking for adult genre fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, thriller) or adult nonfiction with a highly prescriptive bent.

 

Highlights:

Devi S. Laskar THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES; CIRCA; MIDNIGHT, AT THE WAR (Mariner Books, forthcoming)

Genevieve Plunkett PREPARE HER; IN THE LOBBY OF THE DREAM HOTEL (Catapult, forthcoming)

Shannon Sanders COMPANY (Graywolf, forthcoming)

Lucy Jane Bledsoe RUNNING WILD; A THIN BRIGHT LINE; THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE; LAVA FALLS; NO STOPPING US NOW; TELL THE REST (Akashic Books, forthcoming)

Sean O’Brien WHITE HOUSE CLUBHOUSE (Norton Young Readers, forthcoming)

Lindsey Klingele THE MARKED GIRL, THE BROKEN WORLD, THE TRUTH LIES HERE

Andrea Debbink THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK: How Adventurers, Artists, Scientists—and You—Can Protect Earth’s Habitats, THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK: CREATURES: How Adventurers, Artists, Scientists—and You—Can Protect Earth’s Animals, SYLVIE AND THE WOLF (Sounds True, forthcoming)

Brittany Geragotelis STEALING GREENWICH (THE INFAMOUS FRANKIE LORDE Book 1), GOING WILD (THE INFAMOUS FRANKIE LORDE Book 2), NO ADMISSIONS (THE INFAMOUS FRANKIE LORDE Book 3)

Dawn Cusick THE ASTROCHIMPS: AMERICA’S FIRST ASTRONAUTS (Chicago Review Press, forthcoming)

Alan Gelb HAVING THE LAST SAY: CAPTURING YOUR LEGACY IN ONE SMALL STORY, CONQUERING THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY IN TEN STEPS, SEVEN STEPS TO CONFIDENT WRITING

Nancy A. Nichols WOMEN AND CARS (Pegasus, forthcoming)

Katie Simon UNTITLED ON SEX AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT (Kensington, forthcoming)

 

How to Submit to Reiko Davis:

Please email her at reiko@defliterary.com with “Query” and the title of the project in the subject line as well as the following:

  • A brief description of your project
  • A brief, relevant bio
  • For fiction, please include the first chapter of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email.
  • No attachments, please.