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 Independent Publishing Award-winning author of HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE and HOLLYWOOD ENDING.

Michelle is seeking:
-suspense
-mystery
-psychological thrillers
-women’s fiction
-YA mystery/thriller
-select historical fiction

She’s eager to find mystery/thriller/suspense with lead characters who are LGBTQ or people of color. Underrepresented voices and #ownvoices in fiction always welcome. For historical fiction, she tends to prefer time periods from mid 17th century to  mid 20th century, not including World War II. She loves unreliable narrators, stories of family secrets, friendships, and sibling relationships. Her favorite writers include Celeste Ng, Ruth Ware, Sara Blaedel, Laura Lippman, and Tana French.

Michelle does not represent:
-science fiction/fantasy
-spiritual/inspirational/faith-based fiction or nonfiction
-erotica
-children’s books
-memoir

You can follow Michelle on Twitter at @michrichter1.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Michelle will be closing to queries from December 1 to January 15, 2019.

To query Michelle, please send your query letter and the first twenty pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of the email to querymichelle@fuseliterary.com. All queries sent before June 1 have been reviewed; please consider no response to earlier queries a pass. Requested full manuscripts are still being considered.

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.