Our Team

Michelle Richter, Agent

Michelle Richter joined Fuse Literary after eight years at St. Martin’s Press. While there, she edited nonfiction including MELISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL by Melissa Joan Hart, and worked on upmarket,commercial, and women’s fiction, memoir/ biography, pop culture, cookbooks, and diet/health books. She has an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University (where she is an adjunct faculty member).

Her clients include Kellye Garrett, the Anthony-, Agatha-, Lefty-, and IPPY Award-winning author of HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE and HOLLYWOOD ENDING; Carl Vonderau, Lefty Award-winning author of MURDERABILIA; John Vercher, Lefty- and Edgar- nominee for THREE-FIFTHS; and Tara Laskowski, a finalist for the Lefty, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Awards for her debut, ONE NIGHT GONE.

Michelle is seeking:
-psychological thrillers
-domestic suspense
-women’s fiction
-book club fiction
-YA mystery/thriller
-select contemporary YA

She’s eager to find mystery/thriller/suspense with complex lead characters who are women, LGBTQ, or people of color. Underrepresented voices and #ownvoices in fiction always welcome. She loves unreliable narrators, stories of family secrets, friendships, and sibling relationships. Her favorite writers include Celeste Ng, Ruth Ware,  Laura Lippman, Megan Miranda, Lori Rader-Day, and Tana French. She’d love to find the next SUCH A FUN AGE, #FASHIONVICTIM, LONG BRIGHT RIVER, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, or BLACKTOP WASTELAND. 

You can follow Michelle on Twitter at @michrichter1

For conference, press, or rights inquries, contact Michelle at michelle@fuseliterary.com. NO QUERIES HERE PLEASE; they will be archived, unread.

Submission Guidelines:

To query Michelle, please send your query letter and the first twenty pages of your manuscript through the form here: http://QueryMe.Online/MichelleRichter

If you’ve previously queried her by email,  please feel free to resubmit through Query Manager as directed above.

For information on how to write a query letter, read The Short Fuse Guide to Query Letters.

For how to write a book proposal, read The Short Fuse Guide to Book Proposals and The Nonfiction Book Proposal Demystified.