Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Michele Crim of Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management

Screen Shot 2019-11-16 at 2.47.53 PMMichele Crim is the west coast literary agent for Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management.

She loves nonfiction and is open to almost anything (no memoir) if the author is an expert or has a nice platform. She has clients that write personal finance and business, health and wellness, spirituality, self-help, and more.

Her fiction tastes are eclectic and she is always seeking a good read. “For fiction, I will look at anything — except books for teens or children. Right now, I have clients writing adult fantasy, fictional military history, and #ownvoices.”

Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management is a boutique agency known for their food and lifestyle authors. MBG represents authors such as Mark Bittman and Jean-Georges
Vongerichten, Deborah Madison, Cal Peternell and Mads Refslund, co-founder of Noma. They also work with food writers such as Beth Kirby, Sarah Britton, and Tess Masters, as well as many fiction, nonfiction, and narrative nonfiction authors.

At the helm of Ten Speed Press (an imprint of Penguin Random House) marketing for 11 years, Michele launched books for cultural luminaries such as Marie Kondo, Deborah Madison, Yotam Ottolenghi, Heidi Swanson, the Food52 team, Andrea Nguyen, Tess Masters, and David Lebovitz. Among others, Michele represents Yumiko Sekine, founder of the beloved brand Fog Linen Work; Allison Arevalo, best-selling author of The Mac + Cheese Cookbook and The Pasta Friday Cookbook; Charleen Badman, James Beard Award winner and celebrated chef-owner of FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale; the Red Boat Fish Sauce team; Emma Zimmerman, co-owner of the famed Hayden Flour Mills; Rasana  Atreya, best-selling author of Tell A Thousand Lies, short-listed for the UK’s Tibor James South Asia Prize; and Benjamin Sledge, an insightful and influential warrior, poet, philosopher whose writing regularly goes viral on medium.com and other online platforms.

Prior to her Ten Speed assignment she represented the University of California Press and Princeton University Press as sales manager for the western territory; she directed the sales and marketing program for Nolo Press; and she was a marketing director for Publishers Group West.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary

Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 9.09.12 PM.pngLaurie McLean is a literary agent and founder of Fuse Literary. She 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.

Though she is closed to unsolicited e-mail queries, she is happy to take pitches from attendees at the 2020 SF conference.

At Fuse Literary, Laurie specializes in middle grade, young adult, and adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror, etc.).

She does not handle nonfiction, or commercial, literary or women’s fiction, nor does she handle children’s picture books or graphic novels.

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.

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, and the award-winning Linda Wisdom, who has had more than 100 romance novels published in her career.