Melissa Frain

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New York, United States

Editor, copyeditor, and proofreader of award-winning, bestselling YA, romance, and genre fiction, with 10+ years experience at Macmillan

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I am a voracious reader and lover of books with over a decade of experience editing, copyediting, and proofreading for major NY publishers.

I have extensive editorial experience in a variety of genres, including most categories of young adult fiction as well as adult romance, women's fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, and thrillers. Books I've edited have been

New York Times and international bestsellers;

featured on NPR, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and Entertainment Weekly;

nominated for major awards;

and selected for reading lists (ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, etc).

Authors I've worked with include such bestselling and acclaimed authors as Jennifer L. Armentrout, Kendare Blake, Rachel Caine, Sylvia Day, Gregg Hurwitz, Lorelei James, Veronica Rossi, and many others.

I also offer copyediting and proofreading services. Aside from reviewing countless copyedited manuscripts in my role as Senior Editor at Tor Books, I’ve personally copyedited and proofread well over 100 novels in the past ten years, both for publishers and for individual clients. I bring to the table a deep appreciation for language, an eye for detail, in-depth knowledge of the marketplace, and genuine love for the job.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Thriller
Urban Fantasy
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • New York University SCPS: Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading

Work experience

Senior Editor

Tor Books (Macmillan)
June, 2007 – Present (over 11 years)

I'm currently a senior editor at Tor Books (a division of Macmillan), specializing in YA and genre fiction. Books I've acquired and edited have been both commercially and critically successful, including such accolades as:

- Winners of the Bram Stoker Award and the ITW Thriller Award
- Finalists for the Nebula Award, Andre Norton Award, Spirit Book Award, and others
- ALA's Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
- Junior Library Guild selections
- State reading list selections
- Amazon Editor's Picks
- iBooks Best of the Year
- NPR's Best of the Year
- Starred reviews
- Translation into more than 30 languages
- Taught in schools from the US to Mongolia

My list includes a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors, including Jennifer L. Armentrout, Kendare Blake, Rachel Caine, Sylvia Day, Gregg Hurwitz, Carrie Jones, Veronica Rossi, and Kristen Simmons.

Final Line Editor

Samhain Publishing
November, 2011 – March, 2016 (over 4 years)

Final line editor on a variety of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, women's fiction, and horror projects. I copyedited and proofread well over 100 titles, editing manuscripts to conform to house style and delving deep into the nitty-gritty of sentence structure and narrative flow. I have a particular eye for continuity, as well as factual and grammatical correctness.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

The Darkest Star (Origin Series)

Jennifer L. Armentrout

In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series with The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets, a betrayal that c... read more

In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series with The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets, a betrayal that c... read more

Anna Dressed in Blood

Kendare Blake

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping... read more

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping... read more

Eve of Darkness: A Marked Novel (Marked Series)

S. J. Day, Sylvia Day

From Sylvia Day, the #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of the Crossfire® series comes this steamy series starting with Eve of DarknessYears ago, Evangeline Hollis spent a blistering night with a darkly seductive man she can’t forget. But that evening of addictive pleasure has become a disaster of biblical proportions: She’s been branded with the Mark of Cain.Thrust into a ... read more

From Sylvia Day, the #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of the Crossfire® series comes this steamy series starting with Eve of DarknessYears ago, Evangeline Hollis spent a blistering night with a darkly seductive man she can’t forget. But that evening of addictive pleasure has become a disaster of biblical proportions: She’s been branded with the Mark of Cain.Thrust into a ... read more

The Rains: A Novel (The Rains Brothers)

Gregg Hurwitz

Winner of the ITW Thriller Award for Best YA Novel“A brilliant, terrifying, rule-breaking reimagining of the zombie novel.”―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin“One of those all-too-creepy-and-believable stories. Chilling!”―Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author“Readers with a 5th Wave-shaped hole in their sf-loving hearts will rejoice.”―Booklist “In his... read more

Winner of the ITW Thriller Award for Best YA Novel“A brilliant, terrifying, rule-breaking reimagining of the zombie novel.”―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin“One of those all-too-creepy-and-believable stories. Chilling!”―Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author“Readers with a 5th Wave-shaped hole in their sf-loving hearts will rejoice.”―Booklist “In his... read more

Unbreak My Heart

Lorelei James

The right love is worth the wait. Sierra Seven years have passed since I fell for Boone West. The brooding bad boy. We were friends, even when I secretly wanted more, but I settled for what he offered. After he left Wyoming—and me—I grew up. Moved on. Or so I believed until he blew back into my life with the scorching force of an Arizona desert wind. I'm not that innocent sixteen-year-old girl... read more

The right love is worth the wait. Sierra Seven years have passed since I fell for Boone West. The brooding bad boy. We were friends, even when I secretly wanted more, but I settled for what he offered. After he left Wyoming—and me—I grew up. Moved on. Or so I believed until he blew back into my life with the scorching force of an Arizona desert wind. I'm not that innocent sixteen-year-old girl... read more

Riders

Veronica Rossi

Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi.For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His d... read more

Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi.For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His d... read more

Article 5

Kristen Simmons

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember tha... read more

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember tha... read more

Like Never and Always

Ann Aguirre

"An intense, emotional, compelling read." —Kate ElliottLiv Burnham thinks nobody knows Morgan Frost like she does, but a terrible accident pushes her down the rabbit hole where Morgan's secrets hide and she'll be lucky to make it out alive....in Ann Aguirre's Like Never and AlwaysOn a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best fr... read more

"An intense, emotional, compelling read." —Kate ElliottLiv Burnham thinks nobody knows Morgan Frost like she does, but a terrible accident pushes her down the rabbit hole where Morgan's secrets hide and she'll be lucky to make it out alive....in Ann Aguirre's Like Never and AlwaysOn a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best fr... read more

To Catch a Killer

Sheryl Scarborough

“A twisty, cold-case mystery custom made for fans of Sara Shepard, PLL and Veronica Mars! The edge-of-your-seat plot, sinister backstory and smart, brave and irreverent main character made this whodunit unputdownable.”—Justine Magazine Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her ... read more

“A twisty, cold-case mystery custom made for fans of Sara Shepard, PLL and Veronica Mars! The edge-of-your-seat plot, sinister backstory and smart, brave and irreverent main character made this whodunit unputdownable.”—Justine Magazine Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her ... read more

Seriously Wicked

Tina Connolly

The hilarious new YA from acclaimed author Tina Connolly.Camellia's adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom's a seriously wicked witch.Cam's used to stopping the witch's crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.Suddenly Cam's got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her fri... read more

The hilarious new YA from acclaimed author Tina Connolly.Camellia's adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom's a seriously wicked witch.Cam's used to stopping the witch's crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.Suddenly Cam's got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her fri... read more

All Fixed Up

Linda Grimes

The hilarious adventures of human chameleon Ciel Halligan continue in the fourth installment of this original urban fantasy series, All Fixed Up.Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, has a lot of experience filling in for her clients--as them. A rare genetic quirk gives her the ability to absorb human energy and project it back out in a flawless imitation. She's hard at work, posing as a... read more

The hilarious adventures of human chameleon Ciel Halligan continue in the fourth installment of this original urban fantasy series, All Fixed Up.Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, has a lot of experience filling in for her clients--as them. A rare genetic quirk gives her the ability to absorb human energy and project it back out in a flawless imitation. She's hard at work, posing as a... read more

Cowboy Take Me Away

Lorelei James

A love story that spans fifty years… The moment Carson McKay saw the sexy blonde at the dance hall he wanted to throw her over his saddle and gallop hell-for-leather to the closest church. Given his reputation as a lover and a fighter—not necessarily in that order—it wasn’t surprising she gave him the cold shoulder. But he definitely wasn’t expecting the right hook when he goes to steal a kiss... read more

A love story that spans fifty years… The moment Carson McKay saw the sexy blonde at the dance hall he wanted to throw her over his saddle and gallop hell-for-leather to the closest church. Given his reputation as a lover and a fighter—not necessarily in that order—it wasn’t surprising she gave him the cold shoulder. But he definitely wasn’t expecting the right hook when he goes to steal a kiss... read more

DEAD EYE: A Tiger's Eye Mystery (Tiger's Eye Mysteries Book 1)

Alyssa Day

"If you enjoyed Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood, you'll love Tess Callahan and the Tiger's Eye mysteries. Tess and sexy shapeshifter Jack solve mysteries with supernatural flair, and the laughs fly as fast as the clues." -- New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn. For Jack Shepherd, tiger shape-shifter and former soldier, life is heading for a dead end. Dead End, Flor... read more

"If you enjoyed Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood, you'll love Tess Callahan and the Tiger's Eye mysteries. Tess and sexy shapeshifter Jack solve mysteries with supernatural flair, and the laughs fly as fast as the clues." -- New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn. For Jack Shepherd, tiger shape-shifter and former soldier, life is heading for a dead end. Dead End, Flor... read more

The Glass Arrow

Kristen Simmons

"Like The Handmaid's Tale, Simmons's book serves as essential commentary on women's rights."--Cosmopolitan.com Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under co... read more

"Like The Handmaid's Tale, Simmons's book serves as essential commentary on women's rights."--Cosmopolitan.com Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under co... read more

The Last Harvest: A Novel

Kim Liggett

Kim Liggett draws on her childhood during the Satanic Panic for a chilling tale of magic in The Last Harvest, winner of the 2017 Bram Stoker Award."I plead the blood."Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely cattle ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.Now, o... read more

Kim Liggett draws on her childhood during the Satanic Panic for a chilling tale of magic in The Last Harvest, winner of the 2017 Bram Stoker Award."I plead the blood."Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely cattle ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.Now, o... read more

Love’s Rhythm (Heart Of Fame)

Lexxie Couper

Lauren Robbins is the one that got away. Lured by the promise of fame, Nick Blackthorne turned his back on the possibility of a regular life and love to focus on his career. But years down the line, still unable to erase Lauren from his heart, Nick realizes he needs to find her, even if all she’ll accept from him is an apology for walking out all those years ago.No one would ever guess kinderg... read more

Lauren Robbins is the one that got away. Lured by the promise of fame, Nick Blackthorne turned his back on the possibility of a regular life and love to focus on his career. But years down the line, still unable to erase Lauren from his heart, Nick realizes he needs to find her, even if all she’ll accept from him is an apology for walking out all those years ago.No one would ever guess kinderg... read more

Ironskin

Tina Connolly

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.Teaching the unruly Dorie to s... read more

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.Teaching the unruly Dorie to s... read more

Personal Demons

Lisa Desrochers

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance---even her closest friends---and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc is on a mission. He'... read more

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance---even her closest friends---and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc is on a mission. He'... read more

Spectacle

Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Spectacle is a YA murder mystery from debut author Jodie Lynn Zdrok in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.Paris, 1887. Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, u... read more

Spectacle is a YA murder mystery from debut author Jodie Lynn Zdrok in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.Paris, 1887. Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, u... read more

The Deceivers

Kristen Simmons

Kristen Simmons, the author of the Article 5 series and Metaltown, brings her remarkable imagination to this intrigue-filled contemporary drama where good kids are needed to do some very bad things in The Deceivers. Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists. When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s ... read more

Kristen Simmons, the author of the Article 5 series and Metaltown, brings her remarkable imagination to this intrigue-filled contemporary drama where good kids are needed to do some very bad things in The Deceivers. Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists. When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s ... read more

Rage: A Stormheart Novel

Cora Carmack

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut series: the second in a captivating new YA fantasy/romance series perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Victoria Aveyard.Princess or adventurer. Duty or freedom. Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves. If Aurora knows anything, it's that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the s... read more

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut series: the second in a captivating new YA fantasy/romance series perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Victoria Aveyard.Princess or adventurer. Duty or freedom. Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves. If Aurora knows anything, it's that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the s... read more

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Mary Claire Branton

Melissa's in-depth critique was wonderful. She was spot on and thought of things we overlooked. We definitely want to have her collaborate on other projects.

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Mary Claire Branton, August 2018


Jason Torfin

Melissa is an editing godsend. She's prompt, professional, thorough, and an excellent communicator. She went above and beyond the call of duty for my manuscript and improved almost every facet of the story as a result. In addition to her editing prowess, she also comes with years of industry experience and a keen eye for good storytelling. Most importantly, she's an absolute pleasure to work wi...

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Jason Torfin, April 2018


Lawrence Medici

I was very impressed with the thoroughness of Melissa's review and her attention to detail. I would not hesitate to work with her again our recommend her to others.

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Lawrence Medici, April 2018


Sue Smith

Melissa delivered more than I expected. She understood my goals as a writer. What was the most valued was her ability to sense where I struggled, pinpoint specific areas where I missed hitting the right emotional mark and why it missed. She offered criticism with humor -- I was laughing at my own mistakes! Her evaluation covered everything from little head-hopping issues to larger scenes wher...

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Sue Smith, November 2017


Lory Kaufman

I was asked by Reedsy if I would mind writing a review of my experience working with Melissa Frain. It was an editorial assessment of my new young adult time-travel novel, BETWEEN TWO RIVERS. It is my pleasure to do so. Melissa did exactly what I needed after spending hundreds of hours working on all the trees in my story. She showed me the forest. I usually hate when a person explains their ...

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Lory Kaufman, October 2017

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