Melissa Edwards represents children’s books for all ages and adult commercial fiction, as well as select pop culture nonfiction. Melissa 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 forty-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 also acts as a contract consultant for authors and agents under the business MLE Consulting. She can be found on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE, where she often tweets her active Manuscript Wishlist requests under #MSWL.
Melissa is looking for children’s literature with heart, especially in picture book and middle grade. She enjoys children’s books that kids will self-select and return to time after time. For young adults, she is interested in seeing commercial fiction in all genres, particularly romance and thriller. Melissa is currently highly interested in developing her adult commercial fiction list. She has a particular eye out for vibrant and fun young women’s fiction.
Melissa is not the best choice for horror, science fiction, or historical fiction.