Melody Guy

Melody Guy - Editor Tick

Montclair, NJ, USA

With over 20 years experience, I am now an expert developmental editor who can nurture your book from conception to publication.

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Overview

I have been editing for over 20 years for clients including Penguin Random House, One World and Amazon Publishing. My approach as an editor is to nurture an author and their story to help them to develop their book into something readers will not want to put down. I am particularly strong when it comes to plot structure, flow and character development. Whilst at Random House, I acquired and edited commercial and literary fiction, memoir, biography, current affairs, history and pop-culture including national bestsellers and award winners. I look forward to working with you!

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Inspirational
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
May, 2011 – Present (over 7 years)

Editorial and content consultant with expertise in developmental editing, coaching, and nurturing a book project from conception to publication. Clients include: Amazon Publishing, Penguin Young Readers, Cash Money Content, and Life Changing Books.

Senior Editor

Random House Publishing Group
May, 1997 – May, 2011 (about 14 years)

Acquired and edited commercial and literary fiction, memoir, biography, current affairs, history and pop-culture including national bestsellers and award winners.

Publishing Assistant

Simon & Schuster
January, 1995 – April, 1997 (about 2 years)

Managed the information flow between the Associate Publisher’s office and her direct reports in the Art, Marketing, Publicity, Editorial, Production, and Managing Editorial departments. Coordinated the monthly update of marketing budget data and assisted with editorial projects.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood

Ice-T, Douglas Century

He’s a hip-hop icon credited with single-handedly creating gangsta rap. Television viewers know him as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on the top-rated drama Law & Order: SVU. But where the hype and the headlines end, the real story of Ice-T—the one few of his millions of fans have ever heard—truly begins. Ice is Ice-T in his own words—raw, uncensored, and unafraid to speak his mind. About his ... read more

He’s a hip-hop icon credited with single-handedly creating gangsta rap. Television viewers know him as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on the top-rated drama Law & Order: SVU. But where the hype and the headlines end, the real story of Ice-T—the one few of his millions of fans have ever heard—truly begins. Ice is Ice-T in his own words—raw, uncensored, and unafraid to speak his mind. About his ... read more

The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women

Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood, Rhonda Joy Mclean

This invaluable “mentor in your pocket” by three dynamic and successful black female executives will help all black women, at any level of their careers, play the power game—and win.Rich with wisdom, this practical gem focuses on the building blocks of true leadership—self-confidence, effective communication, collaboration, and courage—while dealing specifically with stereotypes (avoid the Mam... read more

This invaluable “mentor in your pocket” by three dynamic and successful black female executives will help all black women, at any level of their careers, play the power game—and win.Rich with wisdom, this practical gem focuses on the building blocks of true leadership—self-confidence, effective communication, collaboration, and courage—while dealing specifically with stereotypes (avoid the Mam... read more

Crazy Little Thing (A Bell Harbor Novel)

Tracy Brogan

Bell Harbor is a one-million copy bestselling series.If Sadie Turner is good at anything, it’s putting stuff in order. So when she finds her “perfect” life in disarray, she hopes a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house will help her piece it back together. She wants to relax, reboot, and heal the wounds left by her cheating ex-husband. And that requires time away from men. All men. Or so sh... read more

Bell Harbor is a one-million copy bestselling series.If Sadie Turner is good at anything, it’s putting stuff in order. So when she finds her “perfect” life in disarray, she hopes a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house will help her piece it back together. She wants to relax, reboot, and heal the wounds left by her cheating ex-husband. And that requires time away from men. All men. Or so sh... read more

The Bloodletter's Daughter (A Novel of Old Bohemia)

Linda Lafferty

Within the glittering Hapsburg court in Prague lurks a darkness of which no one dares speak…In 1606, the city of Prague shines as a golden mecca of art and culture carefully cultivated by Emperor Rudolf II. But the emperor hides an ugly secret: His bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the young prince to unspeakable depravity. Desperate to stem his son’s growing num... read more

Within the glittering Hapsburg court in Prague lurks a darkness of which no one dares speak…In 1606, the city of Prague shines as a golden mecca of art and culture carefully cultivated by Emperor Rudolf II. But the emperor hides an ugly secret: His bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the young prince to unspeakable depravity. Desperate to stem his son’s growing num... read more

Shadow's Edge (A Night Prowler Novel Book 1)

J.T. Geissinger

2013 winner FF&P's Prism Award for Published Authors—Best First Book Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe ... read more

2013 winner FF&P's Prism Award for Published Authors—Best First Book Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe ... read more

A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

Carlotta Walls Lanier, Lisa Frazier Page

BONUS: This edition contains an A Mighty Long Way discussion guide.When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one t... read more

BONUS: This edition contains an A Mighty Long Way discussion guide.When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one t... read more

Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America

Mamie Till-Mobley, Christopher Benson

The mother of Emmett Till recounts the story of her life, her son’s tragic death, and the dawn of the civil rights movement—with a foreword by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old African American, Emmett Till, was visiting family in Mississippi when he was kidnapped from his bed in the middle of the night by two white men and brutally murdered. His crime: all... read more

The mother of Emmett Till recounts the story of her life, her son’s tragic death, and the dawn of the civil rights movement—with a foreword by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old African American, Emmett Till, was visiting family in Mississippi when he was kidnapped from his bed in the middle of the night by two white men and brutally murdered. His crime: all... read more

Does This Make Me Look Fat?: The Definitive Rules for Dressing Thin for Every Height, Size, and Shape

Leah Feldon

"There are really only two kinds of clothes in the world—those that make you look fat and those that don't. All the rest is just details," writes style maven Leah Feldon. "If you really want the answer to 'Does this make me look fat?' this is where you'll get it—whether you're an ultra-size diva on a mini-size starlet. Here, clothes that add heft are taken to task and those that diminish it ar... read more

"There are really only two kinds of clothes in the world—those that make you look fat and those that don't. All the rest is just details," writes style maven Leah Feldon. "If you really want the answer to 'Does this make me look fat?' this is where you'll get it—whether you're an ultra-size diva on a mini-size starlet. Here, clothes that add heft are taken to task and those that diminish it ar... read more

Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead

Fonzworth Bentley

“My manners were the first ingredient that set me apart from my peers,” notes the suave and stylish Fonzworth Bentley, Sean “Diddy” Combs’s former personal assistant and a celebrity in his own right. Now, in this one-of-a-kind book, Bentley shares his surefire strategies for success.Just how does a guy move from Atlanta to New York City without knowing a soul in the entertainment industry and ... read more

“My manners were the first ingredient that set me apart from my peers,” notes the suave and stylish Fonzworth Bentley, Sean “Diddy” Combs’s former personal assistant and a celebrity in his own right. Now, in this one-of-a-kind book, Bentley shares his surefire strategies for success.Just how does a guy move from Atlanta to New York City without knowing a soul in the entertainment industry and ... read more

Burn for You (Slow Burn)

J.T. Geissinger

A classic fairy tale gets a sexy, edgy twist.Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson m... read more

A classic fairy tale gets a sexy, edgy twist.Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson m... read more

Ace of Spades (Aces & Eights Book 3)

Sandra Owens

Two FBI agents struggle with desire in the shadow of a killer, in the third installment of Aces & Eights.Nate Gentry has been a rock for his two younger brothers since the day their mom walked out and left them with their abusive father. Now that they’ve grown up, he’s watched Alex and Court fall in love and settle down. But Nate isn’t made for romance. He keeps his relationships casual. And g... read more

Two FBI agents struggle with desire in the shadow of a killer, in the third installment of Aces & Eights.Nate Gentry has been a rock for his two younger brothers since the day their mom walked out and left them with their abusive father. Now that they’ve grown up, he’s watched Alex and Court fall in love and settle down. But Nate isn’t made for romance. He keeps his relationships casual. And g... read more

Wild Hunger (The Phoenix Pack Series Book 7)

Suzanne Wright

When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until ... read more

When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until ... read more

The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn't Sexy

Shirley Strawberry

Listen up, ladies! Shirley Strawberry, co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, delivers more of the no-nonsense woman-to-woman straight talk her listeners have come to love. Shirley tells it like it is—from the heart. Whether the topic is cheating boyfriends, crazy mothers-in-law, job troubles, or money problems, Shirley’s girlfriend-next-door honesty has made the Straw... read more

Listen up, ladies! Shirley Strawberry, co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, delivers more of the no-nonsense woman-to-woman straight talk her listeners have come to love. Shirley tells it like it is—from the heart. Whether the topic is cheating boyfriends, crazy mothers-in-law, job troubles, or money problems, Shirley’s girlfriend-next-door honesty has made the Straw... read more

Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood

Carlos Andres Gomez

Inspired by the award-winning poet and actor’s acclaimed one-man play, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that reimagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male. Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on the page. In one of his most moving spoken-word poems, Góm... read more

Inspired by the award-winning poet and actor’s acclaimed one-man play, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that reimagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male. Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on the page. In one of his most moving spoken-word poems, Góm... read more

The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke

Angela Nissel

“People always say I’m going to look back on these days and laugh — why put it off?”When Angela Nissel found herself struggling financially while in college, instead of sulking, she decided to entertain herself by creating an online journal that chronicled her day-to-day trials and tribulations. Written with humor and intelligence, her “Broke Diary” quickly found an audience as people wrote to... read more

“People always say I’m going to look back on these days and laugh — why put it off?”When Angela Nissel found herself struggling financially while in college, instead of sulking, she decided to entertain herself by creating an online journal that chronicled her day-to-day trials and tribulations. Written with humor and intelligence, her “Broke Diary” quickly found an audience as people wrote to... read more

Sorority Sisters: A Novel (Strivers Row)

Tajuana Butler

Dear Heavenly Father,Thank you for developing me into abeautiful and talented woman.Thank you for being my protectorand my guide.And as I make my way along my journey,bless me with the wisdom to makeintelligent choices.So begins Sorority Sisters by Tajuana "TJ" Butler, a dazzling new voice in African-American fiction. In this wonderful debut novel, five young women from diverse backgrounds ple... read more

Dear Heavenly Father,Thank you for developing me into abeautiful and talented woman.Thank you for being my protectorand my guide.And as I make my way along my journey,bless me with the wisdom to makeintelligent choices.So begins Sorority Sisters by Tajuana "TJ" Butler, a dazzling new voice in African-American fiction. In this wonderful debut novel, five young women from diverse backgrounds ple... read more

Married but Still Looking: A Novel (Strivers Row)

Travis Hunter

Women have flocked to Genesis Styles ever since he was a teenager. He’s a good-looking, smooth-talking former pro-basketball player, but he has a problem: He has never been satisfied with just one woman. Then he meets Terri and everything changes. Sort of.Genesis knows that Terri is perfect for him, and they become engaged. But Genesis just can’t seem to stop cheating on Terri nearly every cha... read more

Women have flocked to Genesis Styles ever since he was a teenager. He’s a good-looking, smooth-talking former pro-basketball player, but he has a problem: He has never been satisfied with just one woman. Then he meets Terri and everything changes. Sort of.Genesis knows that Terri is perfect for him, and they become engaged. But Genesis just can’t seem to stop cheating on Terri nearly every cha... read more

G-Spot: An Urban Erotic Tale

Noire

Her man demanded loyalty, but her body wouldn’t obey.Have you ever rolled over in the middle of the night and realized you were doing things you swore you’d never do? Sexing brothers you vowed you’d never touch? Bending backwards and stooping lower than you ever thought you’d stoop? Well if you can feel me even a little bit, then let me hit you with a story that just might blow your mind. . . ... read more

Her man demanded loyalty, but her body wouldn’t obey.Have you ever rolled over in the middle of the night and realized you were doing things you swore you’d never do? Sexing brothers you vowed you’d never touch? Bending backwards and stooping lower than you ever thought you’d stoop? Well if you can feel me even a little bit, then let me hit you with a story that just might blow your mind. . . ... read more

Heartbreak of a Hustler's Wife: A Novel

Nikki Turner

Long live the Queen of Hip Hop Lit! Nikki Turner is back with another explosive, page-turning sequel to her #1 bestselling novels A Hustler’s Wife and Forever a Hustler’s Wife. Yarni Taylor is a successful corporate attorney who wants nothing more than for her husband, Des, to renounce his hustlin’ ways and commit to his life as a pastor—especially after someone tries to kill him. But Des isn’... read more

Long live the Queen of Hip Hop Lit! Nikki Turner is back with another explosive, page-turning sequel to her #1 bestselling novels A Hustler’s Wife and Forever a Hustler’s Wife. Yarni Taylor is a successful corporate attorney who wants nothing more than for her husband, Des, to renounce his hustlin’ ways and commit to his life as a pastor—especially after someone tries to kill him. But Des isn’... read more

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