Award-winning author with 8+ years experience mentoring writers, specializing in PB/MG/YA and romance. I can help you with your story!
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!
WHO AM I?
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.
HOW I CAN HELP
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Sarcona, January 2023
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