DeFiore and Company is always looking for exciting, fresh, new talent to add to our list of successful authors. We are currently accepting queries for both fiction and non-fiction titles. Please be advised that we do not represent original screenplays, teleplays, or theater plays.
If you would like us to consider your work for representation, please visit our “About Us” page for information about our agents, their individual interests, and their query guidelines.
PLEASE BE AWARE There are unscrupulous people impersonating literary agents via email and on social media. If you are concerned you may have been approached in a fraudulent way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. No DeFiore and Company literary agent will ever ask for money from prospective clients or charge a reading fee.
If you are unsure who best to query, please send us a query letter that includes the following:
The application period for DeFiore and Company’s Fall internship program is now closed.
Our internship operates on a seasonal calendar:
Fall Internships: September – December
Applications accepted: July 1st – July 31st
Spring Internships: January – April
Applications accepted: November 1st – November 30th
Summer Internships: May – August
Applications accepted: March 1st – March 31st
Our team is looking for individuals interested in learning about all aspects of the publishing industry. As literary agents, we work as liaisons between authors and publishers and have a comprehensive vantage on the industry. Our interns receive the mentorship and experience necessary to progress in the publishing industry, as we provide a strong understanding of the literary agency business and the publishing process–from query to submission to publication and beyond.
Candidates should be motivated, well-organized, responsible, and have excellent communication skills. Some experience analyzing and assessing written materials is preferred. Having a broad appreciation of literary works in both fiction and nonfiction and a desire to work in the publishing industry is a must. Interns should be willing to commit 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of three months.
To apply for an internship with us, please email with a resume and cover letter to email@example.com at Parik Kostan’s attention. Please be sure to include ‘resume’ in the subject line.
Are you accepting new authors?
Yes, we are currently accepting fiction and non-fiction queries.
Does my project need to be finished before I find an agent?
If your work is nonfiction, a proposal with sample material is usually all you need. If your work is fiction, it is highly unlikely that we (or any other agent) will be able to help you before it is completed. In extraordinary circumstances (i.e., you are a public figure or have a newsworthy story) it’s possible that this can be overcome. Please let us know the completion status of your project in your query letter.
Do you prefer your queries by email or snail mail?
We accept and prefer electronic queries. Any postal queries must include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) or an email address for response.
May I query multiple projects at once?
It’s in your best interest to query us with the one project that you feel is most polished and ready for publication.
How do I know which agent to query?
Please visit our “About Us” page to learn more about our agents, their interests, and their query guidelines.
May I query more than one agent at a time?
You may query multiple agents at DeFiore and Company at once. If you do so, please let us know.
How can I ensure that you received my query?
We aim to respond to all queries within four weeks, but due to the variations in the volume of queries and in our agents’ workload, we sometimes miss that mark and responses can be late or missing. If you don’t hear back from us within six weeks, the most likely scenario is that we read your query and do not think your project is right for us; but if you followed our guidelines and suspect there was a lost communication, we invite you to try us again.
What if I've received another offer of representation?
If you’ve received another offer of representation and need a response sooner, please email the agent to whom you submitted, with the subject line “OFFER RECEIVED.”