Blue Ridge Literary Agency


ROMANCE: Amish, Contemporary, Regency, Suspense

NOT looking for: Science fiction romance, fantasy romance, paranormal romance

MYSTERY/CRIME: Cozy, Detective, Whodunit , Gentleman Thief, Legal Thrillers

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

HISTORICAL FICTION: Alternate history, Period piece

NOT looking for: Speculative fiction, Historical fantasy, Historical science fiction, Cyber/steampunk

SCIENCE FICTION: Apocalyptic, Post-apocalyptic, Dystopian, End of civilization, Hard science fiction (Jurassic Park, et al)

NOT looking for: Space opera, Science fiction romance, Science fantasy, Gore/horror, Climate change, Military science fiction, Superhero, Time travel, Weird west

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, Children's Picture Books, First Readers, Graphic Novels/Comics, Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Present Tense


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.

Please follow the Submission Guidelines or your query will be DELETED.


Your Query letter must include:

  • Your name (very important)
  • Phone number and E-mail address
  • Manuscript Title
  • Genre (including subgenre)
  • Word Count (NOT page count)
  • # of Points of View telling the story
  • Marketing Plans
  • For ROMANCE, please give heat level
  • 1-2 page Synopsis--tells story from beginning to end with all major events of the story

Your manuscript should:

  • be edited
  • be completed
  • be double spaced with 1" margins
  • have chapters begin on a new page
  • have chapter headings
  • be in Times New Roman font
  • be in font size 12

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