Estelle Laure

Estelle Laure - Editor Tick

New York, United States

Agency Associate at one of New York's top agencies and acclaimed author specializing in developing and polishing Y.A. and middle grade.

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I have six years of editorial experience as an Agency Associate with one of the top agencies in New York, working with new voices as well as bestsellers and veterans. I am also a critically-acclaimed author of YA novels 'This Raging Light' and 'But Then I Came Back'. My next YA, 'Mayhem' is forthcoming from St, Martin's Press in fall 2019. I have also been a paid consultant by major publishing houses on picture book development. I am passionate about finding the diamond in every story and I apply this with a focus on Young Adult and Children's work.

I have taught workshops and retreats with SCBWI and hold an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I have also contributed articles to Bloomsbury’s Writers & Artists, Uproxx, and Huffington Post, to name just a few.

I believe the best writing comes from the heart. It doesn't need to be based on something you've experienced, but it does need to connect with the reader on a visceral level. You want them glued from the first line, the first page, the first sentence, and you want them never to be able to look away, no matter how painful or awkward it gets, and that is where my specialty lies.

Writing is life. There is no backup plan.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults

Awards

  • BEA Buzz pick author
  • Indie Next Pick author

Work experience

Estelle Laure

Self-employed
May, 2014 – Present (over 4 years)

Agency Associate

Folio Literary Management
May, 2012 – Present (over 6 years)

I have spent the last five years doing editorial work at Folio Literary Management as associate to Emily van Beek. I write pitch letters, get manuscripts honed for publication, and my favorite...find the diamond in every story and shine it up so everyone can see it. I have a deep knowledge of the publishing industry on the children's/teen side of things and know what people are looking for. Being an author myself, I am also sensitive to the writer. I know how difficult it is, but I've developed a method and am confident I have a sharp eye for what works.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

This Raging Light

Estelle Laure

For fans of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell comes a gorgeous debut novel about family, friends, and first love. Lucille Bennett is pushed into adulthood after her mom decides to “take a break”…from parenting, from responsibility, from Lucille and her little sister, Wren. Left to cover for her absentee parents, Lucille thinks, “Wren and Lucille. Lucille and Wren. I will do whatever I have to. N... read more

For fans of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell comes a gorgeous debut novel about family, friends, and first love. Lucille Bennett is pushed into adulthood after her mom decides to “take a break”…from parenting, from responsibility, from Lucille and her little sister, Wren. Left to cover for her absentee parents, Lucille thinks, “Wren and Lucille. Lucille and Wren. I will do whatever I have to. N... read more

But Then I Came Back

Estelle Laure

Gayle Forman meets Francesca Lia Block in this dazzling story about two coma girls and the boy who connects their lives. From the author of This Raging Light, a debut that New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson calls “remarkable.”“Something does exist. I saw. It’s a place. Like this but different.”“Okay, so let’s say we do reach her, that something like that is even possible. Then wha... read more

Gayle Forman meets Francesca Lia Block in this dazzling story about two coma girls and the boy who connects their lives. From the author of This Raging Light, a debut that New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson calls “remarkable.”“Something does exist. I saw. It’s a place. Like this but different.”“Okay, so let’s say we do reach her, that something like that is even possible. Then wha... read more

Be True to Me

Adele Griffin

JEAN: Could it be true? Instead of a summer playing handmaiden to Daphne, was I being delivered something entirely different--a summer in the spotlight? A summer starring Gil Burke and me? Summer flings and sexy romances were Daphne's territory. Not mine. I was the one you didn't pick. I swatted off my hope like a bumblebee, knowing it was already too late. I'd been deliriously stung.FRITZ: Pe... read more

JEAN: Could it be true? Instead of a summer playing handmaiden to Daphne, was I being delivered something entirely different--a summer in the spotlight? A summer starring Gil Burke and me? Summer flings and sexy romances were Daphne's territory. Not mine. I was the one you didn't pick. I swatted off my hope like a bumblebee, knowing it was already too late. I'd been deliriously stung.FRITZ: Pe... read more

Aftercare Instructions: A Novel

Bonnie Pipkin

Everyone is talking about Aftercare Instructions, Bonnie Pipkin’s electric debut novel:“Important, fierce. Pipkin stole my heart with this book.” ―A.S. King, author of Still Life with Tornado“Mighty, innovative, and nearly impossible to put down.” ―David Arnold, author of Kids of Appetite“Incredibly honest and empathetic.” ―ALA Booklist“Big-hearted, sensitive, and engrossing.” ―Publishers Week... read more

Everyone is talking about Aftercare Instructions, Bonnie Pipkin’s electric debut novel:“Important, fierce. Pipkin stole my heart with this book.” ―A.S. King, author of Still Life with Tornado“Mighty, innovative, and nearly impossible to put down.” ―David Arnold, author of Kids of Appetite“Incredibly honest and empathetic.” ―ALA Booklist“Big-hearted, sensitive, and engrossing.” ―Publishers Week... read more

Oona Finds an Egg (The Oodlethunks #1)

Adele Griffin

Oona has found a very special egg. Oh, how she loves her baby! She'll do anything to protect this egg until it hatches. Then she can find out what's inside, even though it might just gobble her up! But Oona's precious bundle of eggy joy may never see the light of day. It seems everyone wants Oona's egg. Her little brother, Thunk, that smelly kid, Bruce Brute, and a bunch of others in her West ... read more

Oona has found a very special egg. Oh, how she loves her baby! She'll do anything to protect this egg until it hatches. Then she can find out what's inside, even though it might just gobble her up! But Oona's precious bundle of eggy joy may never see the light of day. It seems everyone wants Oona's egg. Her little brother, Thunk, that smelly kid, Bruce Brute, and a bunch of others in her West ... read more

Gertie's Leap to Greatness

Kate Beasley

"Meet the new Ramona Quimby!" -- Entertainment WeeklyGertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in ... read more

"Meet the new Ramona Quimby!" -- Entertainment WeeklyGertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in ... read more

Kissing in America

Margo Rabb

Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America is “a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls,” raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of ... read more

Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America is “a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls,” raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of ... read more

The Last Boy and Girl in the World

Siobhan Vivian

From the critically acclaimed author of The List comes a “transcendent love story” (Stephen Chbosky, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower) about a girl who must say goodbye to everything she knows after a storm wreaks havoc on her hometown.What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends sp... read more

From the critically acclaimed author of The List comes a “transcendent love story” (Stephen Chbosky, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower) about a girl who must say goodbye to everything she knows after a storm wreaks havoc on her hometown.What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends sp... read more

Heartwood Hotel, Book 1 A True Home

Kallie George

When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they'll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn souffl and soft moss-lined beds. Danger l... read more

When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they'll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn souffl and soft moss-lined beds. Danger l... read more

Henri's Hats: Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase

Mike Wu

On the train ride to visit his grandpa, or Papa, Henri is only interested in his game. But then George the dog steals Henri's hat upon arrival, so Henri makes chase and finds himself in front of a trunk full of hats.Henri tries on each hat . . . and imagines himself a race car driver, a sea captain, a flying ace, and more! Papa finally catches up to Henri and George, and that's when Henri hear... read more

On the train ride to visit his grandpa, or Papa, Henri is only interested in his game. But then George the dog steals Henri's hat upon arrival, so Henri makes chase and finds himself in front of a trunk full of hats.Henri tries on each hat . . . and imagines himself a race car driver, a sea captain, a flying ace, and more! Papa finally catches up to Henri and George, and that's when Henri hear... read more

Starring Carmen!

Anika Denise, Lorena Alvarez Gomez

Meet Carmen! She LOVES the spotlight and applause. She's an actress, a singer, a dancer—a one-girl sensación! She exhausts her parents with her nightly performances and completely overshadows Eduardo, her adoring little brother. But when Eduardo shows his big sister how much he loves her in a way even Carmen can’t ignore, will Carmen realize that the stage is big enough for two? Exuberant illu... read more

Meet Carmen! She LOVES the spotlight and applause. She's an actress, a singer, a dancer—a one-girl sensación! She exhausts her parents with her nightly performances and completely overshadows Eduardo, her adoring little brother. But when Eduardo shows his big sister how much he loves her in a way even Carmen can’t ignore, will Carmen realize that the stage is big enough for two? Exuberant illu... read more

Wings of Olympus

Kallie George

Deep Underwater

Irene Luxbacher

Sophia bravely dives down to discover the secrets under the sea. She encounters beautiful fish and floating forests. Farther down, the dark water is full of tentacles and treasures. Deep underwater, she is never alone. Do you dare dive down after her? The ocean is full of endless possibilities in this dreamy, imagistic story from acclaimed author / illustrator Irene Luxbacher. Her otherworldly... read more

Sophia bravely dives down to discover the secrets under the sea. She encounters beautiful fish and floating forests. Farther down, the dark water is full of tentacles and treasures. Deep underwater, she is never alone. Do you dare dive down after her? The ocean is full of endless possibilities in this dreamy, imagistic story from acclaimed author / illustrator Irene Luxbacher. Her otherworldly... read more

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Anika Aldamuy Denise

Follow la vida y legado of Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City.When she came to America in 1921, Pura carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular stories into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush land... read more

Follow la vida y legado of Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City.When she came to America in 1921, Pura carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular stories into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush land... read more

Stumpkin

Lucy Ruth Cummins

From the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of A Hungry Lion comes a unique Halloween story about a stemless pumpkin who dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern.Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a ... read more

From the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of A Hungry Lion comes a unique Halloween story about a stemless pumpkin who dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern.Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a ... read more

Ellie in Concert

Mike Wu

Since Ellie saved her home with her wonderful paintings, the zoo is back in business and the animals are more energetic than ever. All except for Lucy the giraffe, who hasn't been able to sleep with all the noise. Determined to help her friend, Ellie tries to tone down the ruckus and organizes the animals into an orchestra. But is it possible to conduct the cacophony of the zoo into beautiful ... read more

Since Ellie saved her home with her wonderful paintings, the zoo is back in business and the animals are more energetic than ever. All except for Lucy the giraffe, who hasn't been able to sleep with all the noise. Determined to help her friend, Ellie tries to tone down the ruckus and organizes the animals into an orchestra. But is it possible to conduct the cacophony of the zoo into beautiful ... read more

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Huwayda Cox

Estelle's feedback was right on. I had a couple of 'Aha's' and 'Duh's'! lol. I can't wait to implement her suggestions and then re-read my novel! She is generous with her time and very encouraging. I am feeling very confident that her polishing will make my novel shine! Thank you!

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Huwayda Cox, October 2018


Patrick Starks

Estelle I would highly recommend to any aspiring or experienced writer! :) At first I was a little nervous handing off my first manuscript, as for many of us it is our baby. But Estelle gave me the feedback I needed to give my book the push it was missing, the push it deserved. Estelle was honest with me throughout the whole way, and was not shy to tell me that something came off as offensive o...

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Patrick Starks, August 2018

Estelle Laure

Thank you so much, Patrick! I loved working with you. Thank you for being so open and making yourself vulnerable. Go! Go! Go!

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Brandon A

My experience with Estelle Laure was fantastic. She was able to pinpoint areas where I was falling short and not only offer encouragement but also helpful suggestions. She is a published author so she's been in your shoes and she understands what you're trying to accomplish. Her notes felt spot on and I'm really excited to start in on my revisions.

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Brandon A, August 2018

Estelle Laure

Thank you, Brandon! I so enjoyed our collaboration and can't wait to see what comes of your wonderful story!

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S Y

I'm so glad that I got to work with Estelle. My manuscript had a ton of issues. I mean a ton. She was straightforward in pointing out all those issues without crushing my soul. She also notated parts she likes and reasons why. I found it very helpful and encouraging. I would definitely like to work with her again, IF this book doesn't destroy me.

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S Y, August 2018


Bilal Moon

Estelle is great to work with and will give you her detailed thoughts without hesitation. I know once I take into consideration her suggestions, my manuscript will be better for it.

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Bilal Moon, July 2018

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