Rebecca Strauss

Rebecca Strauss is an agent at DeFiore and Co. and focuses on literary and commercial fiction, women's fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, YA, pop culture and select non-fiction. In all genres, she's looking for a compelling story, clear concept, fresh voice and emotional heart—a work that grabs you from the first page. She's especially interested in emerging writers and underrepresented voices; and, she's looking to develop long term relationships.

Before joining DeFiore and Co., Rebecca was at McIntosh and Otis for seven years where she was an agent and Director of Subsidiary Rights.  Prior to M&O, she was a foreign rights associate at Trident Media Group, and a book scout and development assistant at Sony Pictures. She's originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and earned her degree in English Literature from Duke University.

You can follow Rebecca on Twitter @rebeccaliterary.

Fiction Highlights:

  • Beth Cato (A THOUSAND RECIPES FOR REVENGE, BREATH OF EARTH, CALL OF FIRE, ROAR OF SKY, DEEP ROOTS, THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER, and THE CLOCKWORK CROWN)
  • Shannon Fay (INNATE MAGIC, EXTERNAL FORCES​)
  • Alyssa Goodnight/Stephanie Graves (A COURAGE UNDIMMED, A VALIANT DECEIT, OLIVE BRIGHT, PIGEONEER, AUSTENTATIOUS, AUSTENSIBLY ORDINARY, and JUST SAY YES) 
  • Priscilla Oliveras (WEST SIDE LOVE STORY, ISLAND AFFAIR, ANCHORED HEARTS, HIS PERFECT PARTNER, HER PERFECT AFFAIR, THEIR PERFECT MELODY, and KISS ME, CATALINA)
  • Nicole Peeler (TEMPEST RISING, Jane True series and JINN & JUICE)
  • Amanda Weaver (THE ONE I LOVE TO HATE, LOVE AND THE LAWS OF MOTION, and LOVE AROUND THE CORNER)
  • Liana De la Rosa (ANA MARIA AND THE FOX, TO RESIST A SCANDALOUS ROGUE, TO TAME A SCANDALOUS LADY and TO TEMPT A SCANDALOUS LORD) 
  • Emily Victoria (THIS GOLDEN FLAME and SILVER IN THE MIST)
  • Bethany Bennett (ANY ROGUE WILL DO, WEST END EARL, and DUKES DO IT BETTER)
  • Kate Pembrooke (NOT THE KIND OF EARL YOU MARRY and SAY YOU'LL BE MY LADY)
  • Alanna Martin (HEART ON A LEASH, PAWS & PREJUDICE and LOVE AND LET BARK)
  • Ali Solomon and Janine Annett (I AM "WHY DO I NEED VENMO?" YEARS OLD)
  • Ali Solomon (I LOVE(ISH) NYC)

How to Submit to Rebecca Strauss:

Please email her at Rebecca@defliterary.com with a brief query letter containing information on your book, your bio and the first five pages in the body of the email. Please include the word “query” and your book title in the subject line.


Headshot for Rebecca Strauss
  • PAWS AND PREJUDICE
    Berkley, 2021
  • HEART ON A LEASH
    Berkley, 2021
  • LOVE AND LET BARK
    Berkley, 2021
  • I AM "WHY DO I NEED VENMO" YEARS OLD
    Running Press, 2021
  • WEST END EARL
    Forever, 2021
  • DUKES DO IT BETTER
    Forever, 2022
  • THIS GOLDEN FLAME
    Inkyard, 2021
  • SILVER IN THE MIST
    Inkyard, 2022
  • ANCHORED HEARTS
    Kensington, 2021
  • INNATE MAGIC
    47North, 2021
  • External Forces
    47North, 2022
  • NOT THE KIND OF EARL YOU MARRY
    Forever, 2021
  • SAY YOU'LL BE MY LADY
    Forever, 2022
  • WEST SIDE LOVE STORY
    Montlake, 2022
  • A VALIANT DECEIT
    Kensington, 2022
  • TO TEMPT A SCANDALOUS LORD
    Entangled, 2021
  • I LOVE(ISH) NYC
    Chronicle Books, 2022
  • A THOUSAND RECIPES FOR REVENGE
    Forthcoming from 47North
  • ANA MARIA AND THE FOX
    Forthcoming from Berkley
  • Kiss Me, Catalina
    Montlake, 2022
  • A COURAGE UNDIMMED
    Forthcoming from Kensington