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Miriam Altshuler

DeFiore and Company

Miriam Altshuler began her career at Russell & Volkening, where she worked with such writers as Anne Tyler, Eudora Welty, Joseph Campbell, Nadine Gordimer, and Bernard Malamud. In 1994 she established her own agency, until she joined DeFiore and Company in 2016. Miriam specializes in adult literary and book club fiction, narrative nonfiction, and books for children. She is particularly interested in finding emerging and underrepresented voices, and she loves reading and representing books that focus on diversity and explore the experiences of BIPOC people. First and foremost, she responds to voice and stories that are character-driven. She searches for books that draw her in and give her a new perspective on a world she doesn’t know, or make her think more deeply about a world she does know. Miriam seeks books with a heart and writers with wonderful storytelling abilities. In fiction, she is most interested in family sagas, historical novels, and stories that offer a new twist or retelling of some kind. She does not work with adult romance, sci fi, or fantasy. In nonfiction, she loves memoir, narrative nonfiction, and self-help (as long as it is not highly prescriptive). She particularly responds to books that have an important cultural, social, or psychological focus. For children’s books, she focuses primarily on YA and middle grade, and her tastes vary broadly in those areas. It always comes back to the voice and the heart of a story for her.

Submissions Open

Subject Focus

Fiction: Debut
Fiction: General/Other Fiction
Fiction: Literary
NF: Biography
NF: Memoir
NF: Narrative
NF: Parenting
NF: General/Other Non-Fiction
Children’s: Middle Grade Fiction
Children’s: Young Adult Fiction

Experience

39

Years of Industry Experience

Dont remember. at least 30 years

Member Since

Submission Requirements

How to successfully present your work

For all manuscript queries, please send an email to her at querymiriam@defliterary.com. Miriam only accepts email queries. Include the following: If we met at a conference, please note in the subject line and give me the details in your query A brief description of your book A brief, relevant bio The first chapter pasted in the body of your email. Attachments will not be opened. I also really want to know what you feel the heart of your book is, in one or two sentences.