Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Gordon Warnock of Fuse Literary

Gordon Warnock is a literary agent and Partner with Fuse Literary.

Gordon represents New York Times bestsellers and debut authors alike. He seeks 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. His years of experience as a senior agent, marketing director, editor for independent publishers, publishing consultant, and author coach inform his approach as a comprehensive business partner through the many lives of a book and the many stages of an author’s career. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs in the US and Canada. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing.

With a zest for fresh, new voices 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.


Gordon seeks large-platform projects in which the book represents something bigger than the book itself, of which you are the expert, the one best fit to bring it to the page. He prefers to work with socially-responsible books that ask difficult questions, raising new issues or illuminating common issues in new ways.

• Memoir and Biography
• Food Narrative/Studies/History
• Graphic and Illustrated Nonfiction
• Essays on Social Issues
• Pop-Science
• Pop/Punk/Geek Culture
• Self-Help
• Historical Narrative
• Humor
• How-To
• Business and Career

Some of his favorites are: Wreck This Journal, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Corporation, All They Will Call You, Bad Feminist, Digging Up Mother, Hawking, Drinking at the Movies, and Paper: Paging through History.


Gordon is looking for fresh concepts that excite him before he even starts reading and tension-filled prose that won’t let him stop. Novels must be completed, polished, and between 60,000 and 100,000 words long. Genres:

• High-Concept Suspense
• Book Club Women’s Fiction
• Literary Fiction
• Verse Novels for YA and MG
• Graphic Novels for Adults, YA, and MG

Some of his favorites are: The Good Girl, Gaijin, Gretchen, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Pines, The Weight of Lies, Freakboy, Real Friends, and We the Animals.


• Genre Fiction (Western, Romance, Sci-Fi)
• Satire
• Legal Thrillers
• Spy Thrillers
• New Age
• Children’s and MG
• Novellas
• Screenplays
• Collections of short fiction or poetry (unless you also write novel-length works)