Our Team

Laurie McLean, Partner

Founding Partner Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity and marketing agency and 8 years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013 with Gordon Warnock.

Laurie was well known in the early days of the Apple Macintosh phenomenon as the CEO of the successful Silicon Valley public relations agency bearing her name. After 20 years there, she switched gears to immerse herself in her personal writing. Laurie had been writing professionally since high school–first as a journalist, then as a public relations agent–but now she could finally spread her wings as a novelist. She penned three manuscripts before deciding that she missed using the shark part of her brain and that the life of a literary agent was her perfect match. Prior to all this, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the State University of New York and a Master’s Degree at Syracuse University’s prestigious Newhouse School of Journalism.

At Fuse Literary, Laurie specializes in middle grade, young adult, and adult genre fiction (fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror). She does not handle nonfiction, or commercial, literary or women’s fiction, nor does she handle children’s picture books or graphic novels.

Laurie’s clients include the New York Times and international bestselling YA author Julie Kagawa, epic fantasy bestseller Brian D. Anderson, award-winning steampunk and fantasy author Pip Ballantine, award-winning middle grade author Melissa D. Savage, and award-winning Linda Wisdom, who has had more than 100 romance novels published in her career.

Laurie is also the Director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, held every President’s Day weekend. And she co-founded two ePublishing companies: Joyride Books for vintage romance books and Ambush Books for tween and teen books. Joyride is now with Linda Wisdom and Ambush is part of the Short Fuse Publishing program at Fuse Literary.

For more on Laurie, follow her on Twitter @agentsavant, and visit her Facebook page at Facebook.com/laurie.mclean.

Submission Guidelines:

Until further notice, I am only looking at queries for the following (via QueryManager.com):

  • All types of middle grade fiction
  • Young Adult Horror
  • Adult mystery, suspense and thrillers

Find my instructions for submitting your work at https://QueryManager.com/LaurieMcLeanIsAgentSavant. My normal reading time is 9-12 weeks, sometimes longer if client work is exceptionally busy.