Melanie C.

Melanie C. - Editor

South Orange, NJ, USA

Award-winning author with 8+ years experience mentoring writers, specializing in PB/MG/YA and romance. I can help you with your story!

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Are you trying to figure out what to do with your draft? Do you need feedback before you query agents? Would you like a professional to edit your work before you self publish? I can help you take the next step on your writing journey!


I’m an award-winning author published with Penguin, Disney, Little, Brown, and Macmillan. My novels have won awards such as Bank Street Best Children’s Book, the International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice Award, and nominations to five state reading lists. I'm experienced in editing for publication, from developmental to line edits, and have been a writing mentor at First Five Pages and WriteOnCon for 6+ years. My mentees have gone on to sign with agents and my editorial insights have contributed to the publication of over a dozen novels at Big Five publishers.


My goal is to understand your objective and help you achieve it. I get genuine satisfaction from solving story problems, providing clarity in line edits, and talking through solutions. My pep talks leave writers invigorated and optimistic, because I focus on what you can DO. I am excellent at analysis and communication, and I will leave you with an action item list to get you moving forward with your story, synopsis, or query letter.


“Melanie’s feedback is really helpful and I’ll be working to change some things based on her suggestions!”

— Monica B.

“Great feedback and extremely useful comments as well as some wonderful compliments on my writing that I really needed at the time.”

— Kim W.

“Thank you so much for your detailed comments! They will be very helpful when I dive back into revisions.”

— Jen M.

"I really appreciate your feedback! Thank you for putting in the time and energy to provide me with such thoughtful notes. They’re so helpful!"

— Darianne S.

English (US)
Contemporary Romance
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult


  • Bachelor's in Industrial Design
  • Minor in English Literature


  • 2022 Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee for 2022-2023
  • 2020 A Mighty Girl’s Books of the Year Selection
  • 2020 Amazon Teacher’s Pick Selection
  • 2020 School Library Journal Best Summer Reads
  • 2018 Finalist for the Missouri Mark Twain Book Award
  • 2018 Finalist for the Iowa Children’s Choice Award
  • 2018 Finalist for the Illinois Bluestem Award
  • 2018 Finalist for the Arkansas Charlie May Simon Award
  • 2017 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year Selection
  • 2017 SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards Finalist
  • 2017 International Literacy Association’s Teachers’ Choices Selection

Work experience

Freelance Editor

January, 2014 – Present (about 9 years)

Provided critiques of manuscripts, queries, and synopsis to critique partners for several dozen MG/YA/adult novels. Following publication, I became a writing mentor at First Five Pages and WriteOnCon, providing critiques of pitches, queries, opening pages, and full manuscripts. Services included developmental editing, line editing, proof reading, query review, synopsis review, and mentoring throughout the publication process.


January, 2014 – Present (about 9 years)

Pursued publication through cold querying, secured an agent, and sold my debut at auction. My subsequent novel also sold at auction in a significant deal. I have since sold 4+ projects on submission or proposal in multiple categories and markets.

Product Development

January, 2001 – January, 2016 (about 15 years)

Prior to writing, I worked in consumer product development with companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Swingline, Papermate, Wilton, Dremel, Haier, Crate & Barrel, Fiskars, and Medela. My products secured dozens of patents and won awards such as Business Week's International Design Excellence Award, the JPMA Innovation Award, the Good Design Award, Industrial Design Excellence Awards, and CES Best of Innovations Award. I’m an expert in consumer advocacy and strategic development in a wide range of fields. I relish exploring and mastering new topics, and my unique perspective allows me to tap into what truly resonates with consumers.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Counting Thyme

Conklin, Melanie

Every Missing Piece

Conklin, Melanie

A Perfect Mistake

Conklin, Melanie

Things You Can't Say

Bishop, Jenn

The Family Fortuna

Eagar, Lindsay

Melanie has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Stephen Sarcona
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Melanie. She worked on a developmental edit of my manuscript, and her feedback was invaluable. We met twice virtually and she was so patient with me and allowed me to ask as many questions as possible. Her feedback was honest, which is exactly what I needed. I would definitely want to work with her again!

Stephen Sarcona, January 2023

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