Napa Valley Writers will host literary agent Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary. Whether you were super productive with your writing during 2020 or couldn’t eke out a word because of the pandemic, we’re beginning to emerge from those dark days now. So, what’s next? Laurie will share with us what exactly the “new normal” in publishing will become. Is nonfiction still going to be popular with readers and if so which areas? Where will fiction take off once again? And what are some of the new areas of growth? Find out about innovations and old standbys as publishing re-opens for business. Laurie spent 20 years as the CEO of a multi-million-dollar marketing agency and 8 years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013 with her business partner Gordon Warnock. At Fuse Lit, Laurie specializes in middle grade, young adult and adult genre fiction including romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, suspense, thrillers, and westerns. Laurie is also the Director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, in its 18th year, and co-founded two ePublishing companies that she eventually sold: Joyride Books for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books. Find out more at FuseLiterary.com or on Instagram @fuseliterary, and on Twitter @FuseLiterary and @AgentSavant. Jim McDonald will be August’s Member Reader. Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club, currently holds meetings via Zoom. Cost is $5. Students with ID, free. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see napavalleywriters.net. Always open to the public. Please register via napavalleywriters.net.