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Ms. Reiko Davis

DeFiore and Company

47 East 19th Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10003



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Website: www.defliterary.com/

Twitter: reiko_davis

AAR/AALA Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from KDMcQuain
Apr 19, 2022 1:52 pm


EQ 2/15/22
CNR 4/19/22
LGBTQ+ 109k
from Zooks3
Mar 08, 2022 11:10 am


11/10/21 - EQ re: The Long and the Short of It - Rom Com
3/7/22 - CNR
from tkm256
Jan 30, 2022 3:17 pm


Email query: 11/15/21
CNR: 1/30/22
Upmarket fiction, 92K

Though the agency's guidelines say, "We aim to respond to all queries within four weeks," from the comments here I think Reiko's policy is "no response means no."
from blackhand
Jan 17, 2022 1:00 pm


Email Query: 11.6.2021
CNR: 1.17.2022

YA Historical, 99k
from kaseyalexander
Jan 13, 2022 6:24 pm


EQ: 01/12/22

Queried on the personal recommendation of a friend of Reiko's

ER: 01/13/22

A quick pass as she's not currently seeking new YA, but she referred me to a couple of her colleagues.

94k LGBTQ+ YA Contemporary w/ fantasy elements
from OPKiwi
Nov 19, 2021 12:05 pm


CNR 90 days
No response to nudge
from fernet
Oct 04, 2021 11:17 am


EQ: 8/23/21 - Literary, 105K

CNR - 10/4/21
from AAuthor
Sep 20, 2021 1:56 pm


Sorry to hear your experience DarkHorse, I've had the same non-response with many other agents, too. Especially in the last year vs my first query rodeo a few years ago. At first I thought it was my query, or my book, or my subject (or my writing) but have come to see this year has been brutal. The norms are out the window on every single level of publishing.

And for me, Reiko was responsive. She requested a Full after we met at a conference spring 2021, and took about two months to respond with a supportive and lovely rejection. She apologized for delays. An acquaintance whom she reps raves about their communication and simply adores Reiko. Her 2nd book sold to a Big 5 (soon to be 4) but wasn't reported on PM yet, so I guess we can't always rely on public stats?
from DarkHorse
Sep 19, 2021 11:36 am


Reiko is very nice in person. But if you're looking for a responsive agent, she's not for you. I never received a word back from her on a partial she requested even after I asked four months later. Others I know who have contracts with her have said she can be late in offering feedback. Another to be aware of is that she hasn't sold many books in the last several years. Most have been to small presses (depending on your genre, that's totally OK). Just know what you're getting into when you query her.
from caitybug12
Aug 26, 2021 1:37 pm


EQ: 8/25/21

YA Contemporary 86K
from MarthaJ22
Jul 05, 2021 3:25 pm


EQ:2/15/21 YA Magical Realism 95,000
CNR-7/15/21
from KristaVanDolzer
Apr 26, 2021 3:01 pm


Queried via e-mail on March 8
Nudged with an offer of representation on April 19
Closed/no response on April 26

#ownvoices MG contemporary
from Claxton
Mar 24, 2021 2:14 am


"We aim to respond to all queries within four weeks, but due to the variations in the volume of queries and in our agents’ workload, we sometimes miss that mark and responses can be late or missing. If you don’t hear back from us within six weeks, the most likely scenario is that we read your query and do not think your project is right for us."

Is this a joke? Doesn't seem like she's responded to anyone on here. "Aim to" kinda implies you hit some, not none.
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 23, 2021 10:59 am


Profile Update: Genres updated.

Thanks raktinope
from raktinope
Mar 18, 2021 9:06 pm


Genre's need to be update: "She’s not looking for adult genre fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, thriller) or nonfiction with a highly prescriptive bent." https://www.defliterary.com/agent/reiko-davis/

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