Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Laura Stone of Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Laura Stone is a literary agent with Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

After spending more than twenty years as an editor, Laura Stone joins Blue Ridge Literary Agency. She began her career as a freelance editor, eventually working with Entangled Publishing as a senior editor, working as the managing editor of The Manning Times, and integrating mentoring and coaching into her business.

Laura fell in love with words and story weaving when her parents and grandparents not only read to her constantly but also made up their own stories to pique her imagination. She began reading on her own by five years old and wrote her own stories by the time she was six. Now, as an accomplished editor, mentor, coach, and published author, Laura is eager to help other writers achieve their publishing dreams.

In her spare time, Laura reads, writes her own novels, beads, crochets, cross-stitches, and spends time with her husband and four rescue dogs.

Her wish list:

ROMANCE: Amish, Contemporary, Regency, Suspense, Historical (NOT looking for: Science fiction romance, fantasy romance, paranormal romance)

MYSTERY/CRIME: Cozy, Detective, Whodunit , Gentleman Thief, Legal Thrillers, Capers/Heist, Private Investigator, and Historical (NOT looking for: Serial killers, Noir, Hardboiled, Police procedurals, Paranormal)

ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER: Spy/espionage thrillers, Artifact (religious, alien, historical), Alien encounters/invasions, Natural disaster (NOT looking for: Military action/adventure, Mafia/Mob, Terrorist, Political, Epidemic, Psychological, Techno-thriller)

FANTASY: Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic, Epic, Heroic, Magical realism (NOT looking for: Fairy tales, Urban/contemporary fantasy, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Demons, Dark fantasy/horror, Science fantasy)

YOUNG ADULT: Post-apocalyptic, Dystopian, Fantasy (NOT looking for: Contemporary, Romance [unless romantic elements are subplots of types looking for above], Coming of age, Vampires/shapeshifters/ angels/demons, Suicide themes)

MIDDLE GRADE: Fantasy, Humor, Mystery, Action/Adventure (NOT looking for: Urban/contemporary, Suicide themes)

OVERALL NOT looking for: Religious fiction, Horror, Western, Erotica, Romantica, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Children’s Picture Books, First Readers, Graphic Novels/Comics, Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Present Tense

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