Laurie Abkemeier

I'm a Literary Agent with DeFiore and Company—blogging about authors (mostly my own) and publishing.


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    Read Eric Barker’s piece, “The Science of ‘Happily Ever After’” at Time and at Barking Up the Wrong Tree,

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    INSIDE THE AUTHORS STUDIO with June Casagrande


    June Casagrande is the face behind and a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, New York, and Texas. She is a former staff writer and editor for the Los Angeles Times' community news division and has written articles for other regional and national publications. Her fourth book, THE BEST PUNCTUATION BOOK, PERIOD: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson, is now available from Ten Speed Press.


    1. What is your favorite word?  Lately, for reasons I can’t explain or even understand, it’s “shizzle.” 
    2. What makes you laugh?  Every other sentence on 30 Rock
    3. What makes you cry?  Pineapple on pizza
    4. What is your favorite guilty pleasure? Rewatching Simpsons reruns I’ve already seen a dozen or more times
    5. What city or country would you most like to visit next?  Greece  
    6. What was your favorite childhood book?  Mildred Mastin Pace’s Old Bones the Wonder Horse 
    7. What is your favorite sitcom, past or present?  The Simpsons 
    8. What is your favorite magazine?  I don’t like magazines. Glossy paper is just wrong. 
    9. What was your favorite movie of the past year?  American Hustle
    10. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?  The ability to make people see things my way.  

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    [Commit to Win] is delightfully practical as well as informative, packed with intelligence and clarity of both thought and expression. Learned, yet eminently accessible, it is a rare pleasure.

    The Economist, Business Advice: Sweet smell of success 

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    Deal Announcement


    Award-winning scientist and author of Cured Nathalia Holt’s RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS: The Women who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, the true story of a group of elite young women at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who shared a love of math and and whose work influenced military rocket design, brought us the first American satellite, shaped lunar missions, and ushered in a new era of space exploration that continues today at NASA where some of the women still work—now as senior engineers directing our missions to Mars and Venus. 

    Sold to Little, Brown.

    Visit Nat at and @NathaliaHolt


    Read Oliver Sacks’ piece, featuring Daniel Chamovitz’s WHAT A PLANT KNOWS (FSG/Scientific American Books), in the New York Review of Books.

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    Read the full post, “The Hopes and Heartaches of Curing HIV,” at Virginia Hughes' National Geographic blog, Only Human. 

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    Featuring authors Julia Cameron, Tama Kieves, Mari Mancusi, Barbara Diane Barry, and Laurie Lamson

    April 11-12, 2014, at the Penguin publishing offices

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    Artist Jessica Peill-Meininghaus’s MY YEAR OF GNOMES: A Small Story about the Power of a Daily Practice, a humorous and inspirational tale of how one woman discovered follow-through using the art of needle felting and found a brand of determination she didn’t know she had, illustrated with hundreds of photos of the gnomes she made.

    Sold to Countryman Press.

    Visit Jessica at Pinterest, her Gnome A Day blog and at her website,



    Today, March 22, a portion of EILEEN FISHER's sales will support women running for office, and their retail stores will be selling Rebecca Sive's EVERY DAY IS ELECTION DAY: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House.

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    Happy Spring!

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    Read the full review at Apartment Therapy.

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    On Finding a Cure for HIV

    Nathalia Holt speaks about her first book, CURED. 

    Taped at Brookline Booksmith by WGBH Forum Network.

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