Miriam Altschuler

Miriam Altshuler began her career at Russell & Volkening and in 1994 established her own agency, which she ran for twenty-one years until she joined DeFiore and Company in early 2016. DeFiore and Company represents a wide range of award-winning and bestselling authors of fiction and nonfiction, including writers of children’s literature.

Miriam specializes in adult literary and book club fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books for middle grade and YA readers.  She is particularly interested in finding emerging and underrepresented voices, and loves reading and representing books that focus on diversity and explore the experiences of BIPOC people . Her clients of adult literature include Jill Santopolo (New York Times and international bestselling author of The Light We Lost), Donna Freitas (Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention), Elizabeth Rosner (Survivor Café), Marja Mills (New York Times bestselling author of The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee), Andrew Carroll (New York Times bestselling author of War Letters), Maya Lang (What We Carry), and Jennifer Murphy (I Love You More). Her clients’ work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other notable publications, and have received numerous awards and honors, including the National Book Award Finalist, the Windham Campbell Prize, the Los Angeles Times Finalist, The Michael L. Printz Award, Barnes & Noble Discover Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Literary and commercial fiction and women's book club fiction.  Narrative nonfiction, including memoirs. Books that focus on diversity and explore the experiences of BIPOC people.


What We Carry, Maya Lang
The Light We Lost, Jill Santopolo
Consent, Donna Freitas

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Women’s Concerns


FICTION: Children's, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Investigative Journalism, Psychology