Laurie McLean

About Laurie McLean

Laurie is a founding partner at Fuse Literary representing New York Times and international bestselling authors, as well as indie published authors who want to also publish traditionally, and debut authors with promise. She 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.


Laurie specializes in representing authors of entertaining and interesting middle grade, young adult, and adult genre fiction. Her clients include the New York Times and international bestselling YA and middle grade author Julie Kagawa, epic fantasy bestseller Brian D. Anderson, debut modern Asian fantasy author team Julia Vee and Ken Bebelle, historical mystery and romance author Heather Redmond, hotshot up-and-coming Latinx activist author Nonieqa Ramos, Afrofuturist children’s book author and poet B. Sharise Moore, award-winning steampunk and fantasy author Pip Ballantine, award-winning middle grade author Melissa D. Savage, street lit author OG Rev, veteran kid lit author Penny Warner, cyberpunk science fiction author Kimberly Unger, and award-winning romance novelist Linda Wisdom, who has had more than 100 romance novels published in her career.

Genres Represented

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Mysteries
  • Thrillers
  • Suspense
  • Psychological and Supernatural Horror
  • Weird Westerns

Laurie Does Not Represent

  • Nonfiction
  • Commercial Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Children’s Picture Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Comics
  • Traditional Westerns
  • Anything featuring rape, pedophilia, racism, bigotry, or gratuitous violence

Submission Guidelines


When she is open to submissions, please submit to Laurie via the button below. Currently, her Manuscript Wishlist (MSWL) includes middle grade genre fiction of all sorts (especially STEAM novels), young adult horror/mystery/science fiction/fantasy, and adult mystery/suspense/thriller/science fiction/fantasy.

Laurie’s normal reading time is 3-4 months, sometimes longer if client work is exceptionally busy. If 4 months have passed and you haven’t received a reply from Laurie, feel free to send her an email at

Meet Laurie McLean

Cascade Writers Conference, July 15-17, 2022, Bremerton, WA

San Francisco Writers Conference, July 21-24, 2022, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Writers Conference, February 16-19, 2023, San Francisco, CA


For conference, press, or rights inquiries, email Unsolicited submissions via this address or social media will be deleted unread.