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agent
Melissa Edwards
Stonesong
270 West 39th Street, #201, New York, NY 10018
212-929-4600 x 407
http://www.stonesong.com
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/melissalaurene

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 represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. Melissa is currently highly interested in developing her adult commercial fiction list, with a particular eye out for vibrant and fun women’s fiction and romance, mysteries and thrillers featuring characters from underrepresented backgrounds, and upmarket book club fiction.

In addition to her role as a Stonesong literary agent, Melissa Edwards provides consultation services under her venture MLE Consulting, a publishing contract service for literary agents and authors. Details can be found at melissaedwardsesq.com. For contract consultation inquiries, email melissa@melissaedwardsesq.com.


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Pop culture nonfiction
LEADING CLIENTS
Yasmin Angoe
Doug the Pug
Flora Ahn
Brigit Young
Bea Birdsong
Tim Bono, PhD
Dianne Freeman
Matthew Ross Smith
Julia Nobel
Syed M. Masood
Bridget Farr
Precious Brady-Davis
Ashley Winstead
Drew Murray
Gideon Kidd + Rachel Braunigan
Meredith Schorr
Monica Mancillas
Christine Suggs
Noa Nimrodi
Jan Zauzmer
Layla AlAmmar
Holly James
Genevieve Wheeler
Melodie Edwards
Clare Gilmore
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
THE BAD MUSLIM DISCOUNT and MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE, Syed M. Masood
THE PRETTIEST, Brigit Young
I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ME, Precious Brady-Davis
SILENCE IS A SENSE, Layla AlAmmar
THE MYSTERY OF BLACK HOLLOW LANE series, Julia Nobel
A LADY'S GUIDE series, Dianne Freeman
DOUG THE PUG KING OF POP CULTURE and other titles, Leslie Mosier
I WILL BE FIERCE, SAM'S FIRST WORD, HOW TO BE A BEST FRIEND, Bea Birdsong
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Attorney; PW Star Watch Honoree
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
To query, please email a query letter and ten sample pages to Melissa's attention at submissions@stonesong.com.