Melissa Frain

Melissa Frain - Editor

New York, United States

Editor of award-winning, bestselling YA, romance, and genre fiction, with 13+ years experience at Macmillan

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Overview

I am a voracious reader and lover of books with over a decade of experience, including many years as a senior editor at one of New York’s biggest publishers, Macmillan. I have taught writing at a variety of universities and writers' conferences, including the Highlights Foundation, SCBWI, San Diego State University, and others.


For thirteen years I worked at Macmillan for Tor Books, the world’s leading publisher of science fiction and fantasy. As a senior editor I partnered in spearheading the Tor Teen line, which grew to include many New York Times bestsellers and award winners. I've also line edited, copyedited, and proofread well over 100 novels, including as a final line editor for Samhain Publishing. Among the many talented authors I’ve worked with are Jennifer L. Armentrout, Kendare Blake, Rachel Caine, Cora Carmack, Sylvia Day, Gregg Hurwitz, Lorelei James, Danielle L. Jensen, Veronica Rossi, and Kristen Simmons.


I have extensive editorial experience in a variety of genres, particularly romance, fantasy, most categories of young adult fiction, science fiction, women's fiction, horror, mysteries, and thrillers. Authors I've edited have been:


- #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestsellers;

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

- winners of major awards including RWA’s RITA Award, National Readers’ Choice Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the ITW Thriller Award;

- finalists for the Andre Norton Award, the Edgar Award, the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, the Anthony Award, and others;

- Indie Next and Best of the Year selections in a variety of venues;

- selected for major reading lists (ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, statewide school and library systems, etc).


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.



TESTIMONIALS

“Melissa Frain is a creative and thorough editor. Her feedback is invaluable, always allowing me to take a step back and look at the novel with fresh eyes and perspective. I trust my novels in her hands."

— Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author


“Melissa Frain was my editor for my debut novel, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. I had no idea what I was doing, or what was happening, or what to expect, but looking back, it all seems to have gone smoothly, and that is because of her. Editorially, Mel has an expert sense of story and character; I can’t recall any of her notes that didn’t resonate, or advice I didn’t take. Professionally, she is timely and communicative. And personally, I will always consider her a friend. We worked on a total of five novels and two short stories together, and I hope one day to work on more. I really can’t recommend her highly enough.”

— Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Through revision, I want to make my books better. I want someone to be able to see my world with the same wonder and enthusiasm I can. Melissa has a gift for connecting with stories and making them the best they can be. She knows how to draw out the strengths of every character and plot line until they shine. I like my books when I turn them in to Melissa. I love them after we work on them together.”

— Kristen Simmons, author of the Edgar Award and Anthony Award finalist THE DECEIVERS


“Melissa took over as my editor at a time in my life when everything was in upheaval, and I was dealing with dramatic health issues. From the very beginning, Melissa was willing to adapt to my needs, and she was incredibly flexible as I tried to find my writing groove in the midst of all my chaos. Her enthusiasm for my books was a godsend because I was so frustrated that it was often hard to muster any of my own. Melissa really understood my characters and the world, and she worked hard to help me tell the story I wanted to tell despite all the distractions. With tons of experience and a fun, compassionate personality, Melissa is a perfect editor for authors in any stage of their career.”

— Cora Carmack, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series and the Stormheart series


“Working with Melissa was an absolute joy. She gave me honest, insightful feedback while still honoring my creative vision. I always felt she was on my team. Perhaps best of all, she helped me remember that there’s fun to be found within the hard work of revising and polishing a manuscript. I don’t know what else you could ask for in an editor. ”

— Veronica Rossi, New York Times bestselling author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY, RIDERS, and REBEL SPY


“Melissa is one of the best editors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with—and I’ve worked with many! She provided helpful, well-rounded feedback, and was always available to brainstorm solutions to problems I had with my manuscripts. Her editorial comments were a perfect balance of critique and praise, and her sense of humor made me look forward to going through her feedback. I’m very much looking forward to working again with her in the future.”

— Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of DARK SHORES and THE BRIDGE KINGDOM


“Melissa is unfailingly kind and encouraging as an editor, while simultaneously getting to the heart of what a book needs to make it shine. We worked on six books and two short stories together, and every time she understood what I was trying to do, and helped me make each project into the best version of itself. Basically, Melissa’s editorial letters always made me excited to dive into revisions - I can’t speak more highly than that!”

— Tina Connolly, finalist for the Hugo, Andre Norton, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus Awards


“Melissa’s editing talents are unique for their range and clarity—she sees the big picture but doesn’t miss a single comma splice. With humor and heart, Melissa digs into the world you’ve created and makes every detail brighter with spot-on suggestions that always keep the author’s vision in mind. I would recommend her to any author looking to make their story better from the most macro to micro level. She really can do it all!”

— Sarah Henning, author of SEA WITCH and THE PRINCESS WILL SAVE YOU


“Working with Melissa Frain was an honor and a joy. She is a fantastic editor with a keen eye that helped take my manuscripts to the next level. And her comments are my favorite! She’s thoughtful, insightful, and spot on. I highly recommend her as an editor!”

— Sara B. Larson, author of DEFY and SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT


“Melissa is everything you want in an editor: insightful, encouraging, and expert in both the broad, foundational aspects and the more minor facets of storytelling. She took my writing to the next level, and I’m forever grateful. If you’re searching for someone to help you do the same, I really can’t recommend her enough!”

— Elayne Audrey Becker, author of FORESTBORN


“Everyone should have an editor like Melissa! She’s absolutely brilliant and a true pleasure to work with. I hired her in 2018 for a development edit and was impressed by how respectful she was of my voice—my story. Her tone was inquisitive, curious, and positive. Though she provided extensive feedback on structure, storyline, character development and language, she never came across as critical or judgmental. She asked the right questions, questions that forced me to really think about the choices I had made and to deepen my backstory. I also really appreciated how clear and concrete her suggestions were, and the fact that she always made herself available to talk through any questions that I had. We’re already on our second collaboration, and I hope to work with her again on the third book next year.”

— Tanya Lee, author of THE WOLF AND THE RAIN, IndieReader Discovery Award winner for best YA fiction


“Writing is a funny occupation. When you work with an editor, you are in effect saying, 'Here’s a little piece of me that I’ve carved off my soul. Please help me shape it into something readers will see the way I want them to see it.' It takes trust to do that. Trust that the editor will work within your vision, and trust that they have the experience and skill to help you achieve your goals. Melissa Frain, through all four of the Ciel Halligan books she edited for me at Tor, never once betrayed that trust. Her insights and instincts, and, yes, even her criticisms, were always spot on. Plus, she’s one heck of a typo spotter. I would work with her again in a heartbeat, despite her unnatural aversion to bananas. (Note to Mel: You can edit out the bit about the bananas if you like. As always, I trust your judgment.)”

— Linda Grimes, author of the Ciel Halligan series


“Melissa Frain is an intellectual, kind, and generous editor, willing to share her brilliant insights in a way that’s clear, constructive, and always professional. With her encouraging feedback, Mel makes it a delight to revise your story into its best possible form.”

— Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of NEED, FLYING, and the Time Stoppers series



Read about Reedsy author Tanya Lee's experience with me here!: https://blog.reedsy.com/stories/tanya-lee/

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Dystopian
Fantasy
New Adult
Paranormal Romance
Psychological Thriller
Romantic Comedy
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • New York University SCPS: Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading

Work experience

Independent Editor

Melissa Frain Editorial
May, 2020 – Present (over 1 year)

Senior Editor

Tor Books (Macmillan)
June, 2007 – May, 2020 (almost 13 years)

For 13 years I edited for Tor Books (a division of Macmillan), specializing in YA and genre fiction. Books I acquired and edited have been both commercially and critically successful, with a wealth of accolades including:

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

I've worked with a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors, including Jennifer L. Armentrout, Kendare Blake, Rachel Caine, Cora Carmack, Sylvia Day, Sarah Henning, Gregg Hurwitz, Danielle L. Jensen, Kim Liggett, Veronica Rossi, and Kristen Simmons.

Final Line Editor

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

Served as line editor, copyeditor, and proofreader for a large quantity of titles in every subgenre of romance: contemporary, paranormal, historical, fantasy, and urban fantasy, as well as horror.

Portfolio (34 selected works)

Anna Dressed in Blood

Kendare Blake

From Kendare Blake, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns, a beautiful and haunting ghost storyCas 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 th... read more

From Kendare Blake, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns, a beautiful and haunting ghost storyCas 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 th... 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 Darkest Star

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. Set in the beloved world of the Lux, a girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by ... 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. Set in the beloved world of the Lux, a girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by ... read more

The Rains

Gregg Hurwitz

The first young adult page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz. In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek's Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hi... read more

The first young adult page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz. In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek's Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hi... read more

Roar

Cora Carmack

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: Roar. In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained ... read more

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: Roar. In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained ... 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

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

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

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

The Unfortunates

Kim Liggett

Kim Liggett's The Unfortunates, a haunting tale of privilege, guilt, and redemption from the author of the Bram Stoker Award winner, The Last HarvestWhen seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done. But those consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear... read more

Kim Liggett's The Unfortunates, a haunting tale of privilege, guilt, and redemption from the author of the Bram Stoker Award winner, The Last HarvestWhen seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done. But those consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear... read more

The Good Luck Girls

Charlotte Nicole Davis

A Kirkus Reviews 2019 Best of the Year Selection.Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis.Aster, the protectorViolet, the favoriteTansy, the medicMallow, the fighterClementine, the catalystTHE GOOD LUCK GIRLSThe country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls—they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as ... read more

A Kirkus Reviews 2019 Best of the Year Selection.Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis.Aster, the protectorViolet, the favoriteTansy, the medicMallow, the fighterClementine, the catalystTHE GOOD LUCK GIRLSThe country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls—they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as ... read more

Dark Shores

Danielle L. Jensen

High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen.In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.A SAILOR WITH A WILL OF IRONTeri... read more

High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen.In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.A SAILOR WITH A WILL OF IRONTeri... 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

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

Texas Bossa Nova

D'Alba, Cynthia

Veiled Target

Bielman, Robin

Moon Shine

Vivian Arend

From New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend, the final book in the Takhini Wolves series. --When the past hurts, it bites.Meet Evan Stone. Laid-back, in-control Alpha of the Takhini Wolves. Life’s not perfect, but he’s got a good handle on his world. At least, he did—until the night he ends up in jail, soaking wet and wondering what the hell just happened.The “what” is Amy Ryba, a veng... read more

From New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend, the final book in the Takhini Wolves series. --When the past hurts, it bites.Meet Evan Stone. Laid-back, in-control Alpha of the Takhini Wolves. Life’s not perfect, but he’s got a good handle on his world. At least, he did—until the night he ends up in jail, soaking wet and wondering what the hell just happened.The “what” is Amy Ryba, a veng... read more

Slammed

Kelly Jamieson

SLAMMED San Amaro Singles Book 3 Love’s a wave. And they’re about to get slammed. Brooke Lowry has a mission: fly to Tahiti, pluck PR nightmare Dylan Schell out of whatever party he’s in, bring him home and clean up his image. It was her idea for Jackson Cole clothing company to sponsor the pro surfer. But the chances of saving this deal—and her career—look pretty slim when she finds the sexy ... read more

SLAMMED San Amaro Singles Book 3 Love’s a wave. And they’re about to get slammed. Brooke Lowry has a mission: fly to Tahiti, pluck PR nightmare Dylan Schell out of whatever party he’s in, bring him home and clean up his image. It was her idea for Jackson Cole clothing company to sponsor the pro surfer. But the chances of saving this deal—and her career—look pretty slim when she finds the sexy ... read more

Gone Country

Lorelei James

She’s a little bit country, and he’s…not. Arizona businessman and long-lost McKay love child Gavin Daniels has been awarded sole custody of his teenage daughter, Sierra. In order to steer her back on track after a brush with the law, he heads to Wyoming...even if he isn’t sure where they fit in the McKay dynamic. But he’s thrown for a loop when his new housemate, Rielle, is a whole lot sexier ... read more

She’s a little bit country, and he’s…not. Arizona businessman and long-lost McKay love child Gavin Daniels has been awarded sole custody of his teenage daughter, Sierra. In order to steer her back on track after a brush with the law, he heads to Wyoming...even if he isn’t sure where they fit in the McKay dynamic. But he’s thrown for a loop when his new housemate, Rielle, is a whole lot sexier ... read more

Redneck Romeo

Lorelei James

The last McKay standing is knocked to his knees… Three years ago, Dalton McKay looked across the altar and saw the woman he knew he’d love for the rest of his life…only it wasn’t his bride-to-be. So he took the McKays’ love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation to new heights, fleeing the ceremony and Wyoming. Now a family crisis has brought Dalton back to Sundance, giving him an opportunity to demonst... read more

The last McKay standing is knocked to his knees… Three years ago, Dalton McKay looked across the altar and saw the woman he knew he’d love for the rest of his life…only it wasn’t his bride-to-be. So he took the McKays’ love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation to new heights, fleeing the ceremony and Wyoming. Now a family crisis has brought Dalton back to Sundance, giving him an opportunity to demonst... read more

The Princess Will Save You

Sarah Henning

The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning.When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him.When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess... read more

The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning.When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him.When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess... read more

Sensational

Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Eighteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin, ever-curious reporter at the Paris morgue, is no stranger to death—even discounting the supernatural visions that give her disturbing glimpses into the minds of killers. Paris, 1889.When the Exposition Universelle opens in Paris, Nathalie welcomes a much-needed break from the heartache of her friend's murder. The fair is full of sensational innovations, cultu... read more

Eighteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin, ever-curious reporter at the Paris morgue, is no stranger to death—even discounting the supernatural visions that give her disturbing glimpses into the minds of killers. Paris, 1889.When the Exposition Universelle opens in Paris, Nathalie welcomes a much-needed break from the heartache of her friend's murder. The fair is full of sensational innovations, cultu... read more

Happily and Madly

Alexis Bass

Alexis Bass' Happily and Madly is a mature, twisty, compulsively readable YA suspense novel about a young girl who embraces a fate bound in love and mystery. Maris Brown has been told two things about her destiny:1. She will fall happily and madly in love.2. She could be dead before she turns eighteen.The summer before that fateful birthday, Maris is in the wealthy beach town of Cross Cove wit... read more

Alexis Bass' Happily and Madly is a mature, twisty, compulsively readable YA suspense novel about a young girl who embraces a fate bound in love and mystery. Maris Brown has been told two things about her destiny:1. She will fall happily and madly in love.2. She could be dead before she turns eighteen.The summer before that fateful birthday, Maris is in the wealthy beach town of Cross Cove wit... read more

Meet Me at Midnight

Jessica Pennington

Teens waging a war of practical jokes declare peace when they fall for one another in this charming YA romantic comedy from Jessica Pennington.They have a love-hate relationship with summer.Sidney and Asher should have clicked. Two star swimmers forced to spend their summers on a lake together sounds like the perfect match. But it’s the same every year—in between cookouts and boat rides and fa... read more

Teens waging a war of practical jokes declare peace when they fall for one another in this charming YA romantic comedy from Jessica Pennington.They have a love-hate relationship with summer.Sidney and Asher should have clicked. Two star swimmers forced to spend their summers on a lake together sounds like the perfect match. But it’s the same every year—in between cookouts and boat rides and fa... read more

Sisters of Shadow and Light

Sara B. Larson

From the acclaimed author of Defy, Sara B. Larson, Sisters of Shadow and Light is a timeless and fantastical tale of sisterly love and powerful magicThe night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes....Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world—includi... read more

From the acclaimed author of Defy, Sara B. Larson, Sisters of Shadow and Light is a timeless and fantastical tale of sisterly love and powerful magicThe night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes....Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world—includi... read more

Like Never and Always

Ann Aguirre

"An intense, emotional, compelling read." —Kate Elliott Liv 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.... New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre shines light on the secrets we keep and asks how well we truly know the ones we love best in her riveting... read more

"An intense, emotional, compelling read." —Kate Elliott Liv 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.... New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre shines light on the secrets we keep and asks how well we truly know the ones we love best in her riveting... read more

Dark Skies

Danielle L. Jensen

Unwanted betrothals, assassination attempts, and a battle for the crown converge in Danielle L. Jensen's Dark Skies, a new series starter set in the universe of the YA fantasy Sarah J. Maas called "everything I look for in a fantasy novel."A RUNAWAY WITH A HIDDEN PAST Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire. H... read more

Unwanted betrothals, assassination attempts, and a battle for the crown converge in Danielle L. Jensen's Dark Skies, a new series starter set in the universe of the YA fantasy Sarah J. Maas called "everything I look for in a fantasy novel."A RUNAWAY WITH A HIDDEN PAST Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire. H... read more

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Joy Sakaguchi
I received my first editorial assessment on Reedsy for my children's novel. Melissa's notes were thoughtful and thorough and well-explained. They all made perfect sense and helped me to see my story from a fresh perspective which was exactly what I was looking for. I can't recommend her enough!

Joy Sakaguchi, June 2021


Jenny Williams
I considered several offers before my agent and I agreed that Melissa was the right choice to assess my SFF YA novel. This is a new genre for both me and my agent, hence the need for outside help! Now that I've received Melissa's editorial letter, I can wholeheartedly attest that we couldn't have chosen better. Her insights were sharp and wise, and she struck exactly the right balance between c...
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Jenny Williams, May 2021


Lisa McLuckie
Melissa was very professional, completed the project on time, and gave valuable feedback on the manuscript. As a copy editor, she is very attentive to detail and not too heavy handed. She caught some continuity / logic issues that I would never had noticed on my own. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again soon.

Lisa McLuckie, March 2021


Kaylin Speth
Melissa was a pleasure to work with for my copy edit of my first novel. I appreciated her enthusiasm and professionalism. She was able to catch continuity errors that other readers didn't and had insightful feedback to help me take my work to the next level. I would work with Melissa again!

Kaylin Speth, March 2021


Kym Brunner
It's been a real treat working with Melissa. She's frank and to the point, which is exactly what I wanted in a professional review. I found it helpful that she also mentioned the things I was doing well so that I wouldn't change those aspects. She also allowed me to ask questions on a few follow-up emails, which really helped to clarify some of the comments/suggestions she made in her editorial...
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Kym Brunner, March 2021

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