Editor’s Note: I am pleased to feature this interview with literary agent Laurie McLean as part of the Winning Edits Expert Interview Series.
As an agent, McLean represents adult genre fiction as well as middle-grade and young-adult children’s books.
For more than 20 years McLean ran a multi-million dollar eponymous public relations agency in California’s Silicon Valley. McLean is also the dean of San Francisco Writers University at www.SFWritersU.com and a key member of the management team of the San Francisco Writers Conference, www.SFWriters.org.
Matt Gartland: You represent an amazing range of adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, etc.). Do you find that reader demand is increasing or decreasing for these types of stories?
Laurie McLean: Absolutely. In fact, most of the success stories in self-published fiction are authors who write genre fiction. Pulp fiction, if you will. And that can be tied to the horrible economy to some extent. When things in the real world get tough, readers seek an escape.