Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond.
Melissa is interested in commercial PB, MG, and YA fiction, particularly books kids will self-select. She likes timeless MG with heart. For YA, she likes all things contemporary realistic, especially romance and thrillers. Her PB list is small, but she tends to prefer the fun, the funny, and the emotionally evocative.
She also represent adult commercial fiction. She’s looking for fresh voices in thrillers, general fiction, and women’s fiction with unusual takes on the tropes that we all love.
She represents some pop culture nonfiction, but on a highly selective basis.
She can be found on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE.
Meet With Melissa
Meet face-to-face, from home. Choose Skype, Google Hangouts, or phone, and speak for the appointed time about your query, first page, and/or first ten pages (for longer meetings). Does not include written notes, but is a chance to have an honest discussion about your work, and to ask follow-up questions. International meetings welcomed.
Receive insightful notes on your pages–direct to your email. No need to schedule a time to be at a computer, or even deal with technology–all you have to do is keep yourself from hitting refresh. Your critique will arrive within 24 hours of the time and date selected on the calendar.