Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Two senior agents at Fuse Literary are looking for your manuscripts

Killing Me Softly by Julie Mulhern
represented by Fuse Literary

Fuse Literary

Silicon Valley, California


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Fuse Literary, a full-service literary agency based in the Silicon Valley, with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Dallas, and Halifax. Fuse has seven agents, four of whom are currently accepting queries.

Gordon Warnock Gordon is a founding partner and is Fuse’s man in Canada. He represents New York Times bestsellers and debut authors alike, seeking to amplify historically marginalized voices and grow sustainable, long-term writing careers with an eye on actively creating change in the publishing industry and the culture as a whole. 

He's interested in both fiction and nonfiction for adults, young adults, and middle grade.  He’s looking for fresh concepts that excite him before he even starts reading and tension-filled prose that won’t let him stop. 

His fiction list focuses on high-concept suspense, book club women’s fiction, and literary fiction for adults as well as graphic novels for adults, teens, and tweens.

He’s interested in a variety of nonfiction and wants projects in which the book is part of something larger, of which you are the expert, the one best fit to bring it to the page.

Follow him on Instagram here.

Query Gordon at: querygordon@fuseliterary.com

For fiction: include your first chapter pasted into your email below your query.

Nonfiction: send query only.

Graphic Novel: attach PDF sample up to 25 mb.


 Note: Gordon Warnock will be our guest speaker at our online How to Get Published workshop Sunday, July 21. If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss it. Details here.

If you’re especially interested in Kid Lit, don’t miss our one-day day “Writing for children and for young adults” workshop, with Nan Froman, editorial director at Groundwood Books, Sunday, Sept 22. Details here.

Also, be sure to check out our weekly course, “Writing Kid Lit ~ the next level,” on Monday evenings this fall. Details here.


Michelle Richter is a senior agent at Fuse Literary representing leaders in the crime fiction community, award-winners, and debut authors. She joined the agency after eight years in editorial at St. Martin’s Press, where she worked on fiction and nonfiction with high-profile personalities, New York Times bestsellers, and debuts. 

Michelle has built her career finding underserved clients with major talent and helping them jump their careers to the next level. She wants to boost underrepresented voices in her favorite genres to break through and create lasting change in both their writing careers and the publishing industry. Her years of experience as an agent, at a Big 5 publisher, and as an educator inform her relationships with her clients and help her guide them through the complex stages of their careers.

Michelle’s clients have won or been shortlisted for such awards as the Edgar, Mary Higgins Clark, Strand Critics, Anthony, Agatha, Lefty, ITW Thriller, Macavity, Barry, Derringer, Silver Falchion, IPPY, and International Book Award. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.

Adult Fiction

Michelle is especially eager to find high-concept crime fiction with catchy hooks, twisty plots, and complex lead characters. She’s a sucker for fiction that taps into her emotions, with the kind of voice that instantly identifies a book as that author’s. BIPOC, LGBTQ, and disabled voices in fiction are welcome. Michelle loves lots of twists, unreliable narrators, stories of family secrets, friendships, and sibling relationships.

In addition to crime fiction, suspense, and thrillers, she’s also seeking Women’s Book Club Fiction and Commercial fiction 

Her favorite writers include Colson Whitehead, Celeste Ng, Ruth Ware, Laura Lippman, Megan Miranda, Lori Rader-Day, Jennifer Hillier, and Tana French. She’d love to find the next BATH HAUS, SUCH A FUN AGE, WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING, LONG BRIGHT RIVER, DIAL A FOR AUNTIES, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, WINTER COUNTS, THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, or BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD.

Genres Represented

  • Mystery
  • High-Concept Suspense
  • Domestic Suspense
  • Psychological Thriller
  • Police Procedural
  • Book Club Women’s Fiction
  • Commercial Fiction

Michelle also represents Young Adult fiction, but she’s not accepting YA at the moment.

Query Michelle through her query manager here.

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