Reiko Davis

Before joining DeFiore in 2016, Reiko Davis was at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency for four years. 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 book club 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 in her free time 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 a project 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 middle grade novels that empower kids to make a difference in their communities.

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

 

Fiction Highlights:

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

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

Shannon Sanders COMPANY (forthcoming from Graywolf)

Lucy Jane Bledsoe A THIN BRIGHT LINE; THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE; LAVA FALLS; TELL THE REST (forthcoming from Akashic Books)

Children's Highlights:

Sean O'Brien WHITE HOUSE CLUBHOUSE series (forthcoming from Norton Young Readers)

Lindsey Klingele THE MARKED GIRL; THE BROKEN WORLD; THE TRUTH LIES HERE (Harper Teen)

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 (Quirk Books); SYLVIE AND THE WOLF (forthcoming from Sounds True); IF THE RIVERS RUN FREE (forthcoming from Sleeping Bear Press); I WITNESSED: THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (forthcoming from Clarion Books); FLOWER FORAGING (forthcoming from Chronicle)

Brittany Geragotelis STEALING GREENWICH, GOING WILD, and NO ADMISSIONS (THE INFAMOUS FRANKIE LORDE series, Pixel + Ink); SIX MINUTES series with Gen Z Media (forthcoming from Razorbill)

Lucy Jane Bledsoe RUNNING WILD (Margaret Ferguson Books); NO STOPPING US NOW (Three Rooms Press)

Dawn Cusick THE ASTROCHIMPS: AMERICA'S FIRST ASTRONAUTS (forthcoming from Chicago Review Press)

Nonfiction Highlights:

Alan Gelb HAVING THE LAST SAY: CAPTURING YOUR LEGACY IN ONE SMALL STORY (Tarcher Perigee); CONQUERING THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY IN TEN STEPS (Ten Speed Press); SEVEN STEPS TO CONFIDENT WRITING (New World Library)

Nancy A. Nichols WOMEN AND CARS (forthcoming from Pegasus Books)

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

Mallory Weggemann LIMITLESS: The Power of Hope and Resilience to Overcome Circumstance (Thomas Nelson)

Brittany Wagner NEXT CHANCE YOU: Tools, Tips, and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life (HCI Books)

 

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 twenty pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email.
  • No attachments, please.

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  • CIRCA
    Mariner Books, 2022
  • PREPARE HER
    Catapult, 2021
  • THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK
    Quirk Books, 2021
  • RUNNING WILD
    Margaret Ferguson Books, 2019
  • THE TRUTH LIES HERE
    HarperTeen, 2018
  • THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES
    Counterpoint Press, 2019
  • A THIN BRIGHT LINE
    University of Wisconsin Press, 2016
  • STEALING GREENWICH
    Pixel + Ink, 2020
  • NEXT CHANCE YOU
    Health Communications, Inc., 2021
  • THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK: CREATURES
    Quirk Books, 2021
  • THE MARKED GIRL
    HarperTeen, 2016
  • HAVING THE LAST SAY
    TarcherPerigee, 2015
  • LAVA FALLS
    University of Wisconsin Press, 2018
  • GOING WILD
    Pixel + Ink, 2021
  • CONQUERING THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY IN 10 STEPS, THIRD EDITION
    Ten Speed Press, 2017
  • NO STOPPING US NOW
    Three Rooms Press, 2022
  • SEVEN STEPS TO CONFIDENT WRITING
    New World Library, 2019
  • LIMITLESS
    Thomas Nelson, 2021
  • TELL THE REST
    Akashic Books, 2023
  • SYLVIE AND THE WOLF
    Sounds True, 2023
  • THE ASTROCHIMPS
    Chicago Review Press, 2023