Laurie Abkemeier

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


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    About Laurie Abkemeier

    Originally from northern California, I graduated from Wells College in 1992 with a degree in communications and a background in journalism. My first job was as an editorial assistant in the Touchstone/Fireside division at Simon & Schuster, assisting two editors with their diverse nonfiction lists.

    In 1994, I moved to Hyperion where I developed a broad list of nonfiction and was responsible for five New York Times bestsellers, including BRAIN DROPPINGS by George Carlin, ROCK THIS! by Chris Rock, NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO PROBLEM! by Jeff Foxworthy, and FIRST PERSON PLURAL: My Life as a Multiple by Cameron West, PhD. Some of the dozens of other books I acquired and edited include the Business Week bestseller HOW TO BECOME CEO by Jeffrey Fox, POLISH YOUR FURNITURE WITH PANTY HOSE by Joey Green, WHAT NO ONE TELLS THE BRIDE by Marg Stark, and LIVING THE SIMPLE LIFE by Elaine St. James.

    In 1998, I left publishing to start a family. Five years later, I became a literary agent at DeFiore and Company, which was founded in 1999 by Brian DeFiore, my former editor-in-chief at Hyperion.

    My talented roster of authors includes journalists, bloggers, poets, academics, and artists. I have made more than 100 book deals to all the major publishers, as well as dramatic rights deals that led to the #1 blockbuster movie Marley & Me, based on John Grogan’s bestselling memoir, and The CW drama Hellcats, based on Kate Torgovnick’s CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders.  

    Download my AGENT OBVIOUS app for free at the iTunes store or visit the Agent Obvious blog

    I can also be found on TwitterGoodReads, and LinkedIn. I love to connect online with writers and readers, but if you want to send me a query, please follow the instructions at my Publishers Marketplace page or here.




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