Laura Apperson

St. Martin's Press

Laura Apperson

St. Martin's Press

Biography

I have always been a traveler. When I was growing up, that meant I constantly had a nose in a book, eager to learn about new people and places. Books were my first gateway to the unknown, and though I have visited some of the places I read about in my childhood, I am still eager to learn and grow through books. I am interested in projects that expand my world, challenge my way of thinking, and make me a more compassionate person.

As an editor at St. Martin’s, I have worked on a range of nonfiction, and I would like to expand my list to include outstanding fiction. In my work here, I have learned about how food can affect my feelings with talented health coach and “Food Mood Girl” Lindsey Smith in Eat Your Feelings (published on the Wednesday Books list), traveled to Cuba with seasoned journalist David Ariosto in This is Cuba, spent time in Chicago talking about gentrification on the South Side with Natalie Moore in The South Side, and hung out in blogger sensations Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin’s tiny kitchen in Husbands That Cook. What connects these projects—as different as they may be—are fresh voices, fantastic writing, and strong narratives that create utterly compelling books.

In both nonfiction and fiction, I am looking especially for fresh voices that speak to real, everyday issues and bold, unputdownable stories. It’s crucial that readers can identify with characters they see in books—so, diversity is essential. In nonfiction, I’m acquiring narrative, memoir, essays, health/lifestyle, and cookbooks. In adult and YA fiction, I’m looking for upmarket/commercial, contemporary, women’s, and magical realism projects.