Melissa Warten, Editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux Macmillan

Melissa Warten, editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillan

I am on the editorial team at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. Across the board, in fiction, I am relationship-driven! Fierce platonic friendships, flirty and funny love stories, cool siblings or cousins, dynamic parent/child interactions—I want the characters behind the wheel.

Beyond that…

A convincing thriller. Recent favorite: In Her Skin, Kim Savage
Setting-based stories (partial to New York City, Boston, or isolated nature settings like beaches or mountains)
Nearly-sympathetic bad guys
Sports stories, preferably with female leads
On-the-way-to-happy endings
Physically/mentally handicapped characters represented with problems outside of their handicap
Light touches of magic or magical realism

I’m not interested in… dystopian or science fiction; vampires, werewolves, or monsters (ghosts or fantasy beings might be okay, so long as they serve purpose beyond fear factor); school newspaper/journalism/kid detective stories

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.

Book A Written Critique

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 by the date selected on the calendar.

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