A new hybrid literary agency, blending the knowledge and skills of traditional publishing with the bold new opportunities engendered by publishing, self-publishing, ebooks, and technology.
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
before forming Foreword Literary in 2013 with her two partners.
Following her 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 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 Foreword, Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy,
science fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, etc.) plus middle grade
and young adult books. She does not handle nonfiction, commercial or literary
fiction, or women’s fiction, nor does she handle children’s picture books or
For more on Laurie, check out her blog at agentsavant.com,
follow her on Twitter @agentsavant, and visit her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/laurie.mclean.
PAM van HYLCKAMA VLIEG
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg started her literary career as assistant to
Laurie McLean in early 2012. By April Pam was promoted to Associate
Agent at Larsen Pomada. In January of 2013 after selling twenty-one
books in her first year of agenting Pam was promoted to agent. When
Laurie McLean mentioned creating Foreword, Pam jumped at the chance to
follow her mentor and create a new agency together.
Pam blogs at Bookalicio.us, Bookalicious.org, and Brazen Reads. She partners her blogs with her local bookseller Hicklebee’s where magic happens daily.
Pam grew up on a sleepy little Podunk town in Virginia. She’s lived
in the UK, several US states, and now resides in the Bay Area of
California. She has two kids, two dogs, two guinea pigs, but only one
husband. You can find her mostly on Twitter where she wastes copious amounts of time.
High concept young adult in any genre. Some of Pam’s favorite recent
YA books are: The Masque of the Red Death, Cinder, Shadow and Bone,
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Small Damages, and Insignia.
Middle grade in these genres: fantasy, science fiction, dystopian,
paranormal, literary. Pam’s recent favorite MG books are: The Peculiar,
The Emerald Atlas, Storybound, The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, and
Romance in these categories: historical, fantasy, and erotica. Pam’s
favorite romance titles released recently are: Loving Lady Marcia, Be My
Prince, Rogue’s Pawn, and The Siren.
New Adult in all categories will be considered. Pam has enjoyed The Ivy, and Leopard Moon in this genre.
NONFICTION: Pop culture and pop science. Send proposal with query.
Warnock is a founding partner at Foreword Literary, bringing experience as a
senior literary agent, marketing director and editor for independent
publishers, freelance publishing consultant, and college-level writing tutor.
He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and
MFA programs nationwide. His client list is an even balance of seasoned
veterans and promising new voices, including Seattle residents Robert V.
Taylor, Kelly Davio, and Tanya Chernov, whose debut memoir, A Real Emotional
Girl, found its perfect publisher at PNWA's 2011 conference.
a zest for fresh, new stories and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively
seeks out both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes
involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors
of many genres.
Mainstream, Literary, Women's Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction (all - including YA.Children's), Graphic Novels