Laurie McLean, Partner
Founding Partner Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity agency and 8 years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco.
Following her stint as the CEO of a successful Silicon Valley public relations agency bearing her name, Laurie was able to switch gears in 2002 to immerse herself in writing. She penned three manuscripts before deciding that the life of a literary agent was her destiny. Laurie has been writing professionally since high school–first as a journalist, then as a public relations agent, finally as a novelist. 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 non-fiction, 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 with two of her client partners: Joyride Books for vintage out-of-print romance books with Linda Wisdom; and Ambush Books for out-of-print classic tween and teen books with Douglas Rees (which was sold to Fuse Literary’s Short Fuse Publishing).
NOTE: The entire agency is closed to queries and submissions each year between December 1st and January 15th.
ALSO NOTE: Find my instructions for submitting your work at https://QueryManager.com/LaurieMcLeanIsAgentSavant. My normal reading time is 6-8 weeks, sometimes longer if client work is exceptionally busy.