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Estelle Laure

Estelle Laure - Editor

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.

Overview

Reviews (12)

I have five 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'. 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 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.

Services
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 (almost 4 years)

Agency Associate

Folio Literary Management
May, 2012 – Present (almost 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 (9 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

Estelle has 12 reviews

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Jill Campbell

Estelle provided not only all I expected but did it in a way that enthused me so that I didn't feel overwhelmed, even though the project requires MAJOR revisions and reworking. I think it may take me another year as this is not my premiere project at the moment, but rather a story I need to share with youth. She reinforced that perspective: that it was a story worth telling, and gave significan...

, February 2018


Andy Calloway

Working with Estelle was quite beneficial and enlightening, coming into this collaboration as an unpublished author from an entirely different background in the space operations industry. Estelle’s personable comments and feedback on my first children’s book manuscript were spot on. My initial draft was just a little too long for a traditional picture book but a little too short for a chapter b...

, January 2018


Chantel Lee

Estelle’s a true gem! Not only is she skilled, honest, thorough and professional, she’s also very personable. The great deal of care and consideration in her assessment of my work was clearly evident and has assisted me tremendously. I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again in the future!

, January 2018

Estelle Laure
Reply from Estelle Laure

Thank you so much, Chantel. You're a beautiful artist and I wish you the very best! I hope we can work together in the future as well. Please be in touch!


Christina Jack

Estelle was a joy to work with. She was understanding of my concerns and gave wonderful insight in a respectful and clear manner.

, January 2018


Nic Poe

Working with Estelle Laure was a fantastic experience. As an unpublished author it can be discouraging to work with an editor sometimes, but Estelle was able to show me a variety of ways to correct my weaknesses without overwhelming me. Estelle's feedback is clear and precise, which I really appreciate. I would highly recommend working with Estelle Laure and I would definitely hire her again.

, December 2017

Estelle Laure
Reply from Estelle Laure

Thank you, Nic! I adored working with you and appreciate the positive feedback. I hope it won’t be the last time. Best of luck with your story!

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