Gordon Warnock, Partner
Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary, serving as a literary agent and Editorial Director of Short Fuse Publishing. He brings years of experience as a senior agent, marketing director, editor for independent publishers, publishing consultant, and author coach. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing.
With a zest for fresh, new voices and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively seeks out both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres.
Please query via email at email@example.com or in person at any of the conferences he attends. Queries via paper mail will be recycled. And though I would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter, unsolicited submissions via either of those will get you deleted without notice.
Note that, due to the volume of submissions, I can not offer lengthy responses or detailed critiques outlining why your work was not selected.
For information on how to write a query letter, read The Short Fuse Guide to Query Letters.
I’m looking for large-platform projects in which the book represents something bigger than the book itself, of which you are the expert, the one best fit to bring it to the page. I prefer to work with socially-responsible books that raise new issues or illuminate common issues in new ways. I love books with strong charity tie-ins and celebrities coming together to promote a good cause on a large scale. For memoir, please paste in the first chapter below your query. For graphic nonfiction, please attach a 10-page sequential PDF excerpt of the finished artwork, not to exceed 50 MB. For all other genres, please email your query letter only. The genres I consider include the following:
• Memoir (Adult, NA, YA, Graphic)
• Cookbooks/Food Narrative/Food Studies
• Illustrated/Art/Photography (especially graphic nonfiction)
• Political and Current Events
• Pop-Culture (especially punk culture and geek culture)
• Business and Career
Some of my favorites are: Wreck This Journal, Steak and Cake, Digging Up Mother, Drinking at the Movies, and Paper: Paging through History.
I’m looking for fresh concepts that excite me before I even start reading and tension-filled prose that won’t let me stop. Plot is very important, as is an authentic voice that makes me believe your protagonist is a real person. I am not a big fan of paranormal or SF/F, so please, no vampires, zombies, werewolves, angels, chupacabras, etc. Novels must be completed, polished and between 55,000 and 100,000 words long. For all text-based works, please paste in the first chapter below your query. For graphic novels, please attach a 10-page sequential PDF excerpt of the finished artwork, not to exceed 50 MB. The genres I consider include the following:
• High-Concept Suspense
• Book Club Women’s Fiction
• Literary Fiction for Adults through YA
• Graphic Novels for Adults through MG
Some of my favorites are: The Good Girl, Gaijin, The Weight of Lies, Freakboy, and We the Animals.
Not looking for:
• Genre Fiction (Western, Romance, Sci-Fi)
• Legal Thrillers
• New Age
• Children’s and MG
• Collections of essays, short fiction, or poetry (unless you also write full-length works)