Laurie McLean joined the two agency founders in 2005 following a 20-year stint as the CEO of a successful Silicon Valley public relations agency. Laurie was able to switch gears in 2002 to immerse herself in writing. She penned three manuscripts, and if that wasn’t enough, decided that the life of a literary agent would be the perfect complement to her duties as a writer of fantasy and romance.
Laurie has been writing professionally since high school–first as a journalist, then as a public relations agent. 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 adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, westerns, horror, etc.) plus middle-grade and young adult children’s books. She does not handle non-fiction, or commercial, literary or women’s fiction, nor does she handle children’s picture books or graphic novels. She prefers to receive the first ten pages and a 2-page plot synopsis of a manuscript via email (no attachments, please) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurie is also the Dean of the newly created San Francisco Writers University, where writers meet and you learn. It is located at www.SFWritersU.com, and offers free and inexpensive (most are $10) classes on the craft of writing, the business of publishing and technological advances in both. SFWU is built on a social media platform, so it is easy to meet other writers who want to network, find experts in various aspects of the field, share and receive information via blogs and forums, and more. It’s free to become a member and it will absolutely advance every type of writer at every stage of your writing journey.