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Pitching an Agent: DeFiore and Company

An independent agency that prides itself on its editorial acumen.

- December 14, 2004

Number of agents: Three
Number of clients: About 75
Notable clients: Hollywood manager Bernie Brillstein, stress reduction expert Loretta LaRoche, novelist Hilary De Vries, and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: About five to ten percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 35 percent fiction; 65 percent nonfiction.

Background: Brian DeFiore worked in editorial for 20 years, moving from editor at St. Martin's to editorial director at Delacorte to editor-in-chief of Hyperion and finally to publisher at Villard, before eventually tiring of corporate life. "I lived through one too many mergers," he says. He decided to go solo and started ...

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