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Ms. Melissa Edwards


270 West 39th St., Suite 201

New York, NY 10018

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Twitter: MelissaLaurenE

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from rivershadow654
Today 11:16 am

8/16/18 EQ (YA Fantasy/Adventure, 104K)
from KristenH
Aug 05, 2018 3:18 pm

Eq 4/30/18 (Requery Venom)
ER 7/30/18 (Passed from nudge--no reason why)
from MLMFalcon
Jul 31, 2018 4:51 pm

@ Hulagirl

I don't think so. She's a lawyer by training and is offering that service to people in the industry that would appreciate the skills of a lawyer with specific experience in publishing. I suspect it would appeal more to self-pubs, or authors at micro-pubs who don't have an agent, but would still like an expert legal opinion before signing anything.

Her clients at Stonesong have a standard agency agreement with the usual commission only.
from Hulagirl
Jul 26, 2018 9:49 pm

Is this a conflict of interest? She's got her own consulting firm and is apparently charging up front for something she's not supposed to be charging up front for at Stonesong. Per one of her tweets on Twitter:

"Hey y'all! Guess what? In addition to agenting at Stonesong, I have a new venture called MLE Consulting, where agents and authors can hire me to read and negotiate contracts. Info at ."
from tiff880515
Jul 07, 2018 8:04 pm

EQ 7/6/18
FR 7/6/18

YA fantasy 90k
from FountainPen
Jun 06, 2018 6:09 pm

EQ May 13th
from kccurry26
May 22, 2018 8:24 am

EQ: 2/23/18
FR: 4/17/18 :)
ER: 5/7/18 personalized with a few lines as to what did and didn't work for her

YA fantasy 70k
from hairaplenty
Apr 21, 2018 1:27 pm

4/13/18 YA Contemp thriller/suspense
from tamirw
Mar 23, 2018 9:47 pm

EQ: 1/9/18
CNR: 3/23/18
from floridagal007
Mar 21, 2018 11:51 am

@WhidgetBaker - wow, 6 requests in a week?! Congrats, you must have a killer query!
from WhidgetBaker
Mar 21, 2018 11:18 am

EQ 3/1
FR 3/2
She asked if it was with any other agents. It wasn't at the time, but I thought she might like to know the next week when it was with five others. I emailed to let her know and she seemed annoyed. Said she was going as fast as she could and let her know if I get an offer of rep. So FYI, if she asks when she requests the full whether other agents have requested and you say no... and then lots of others request... DON'T follow up! HA!
Just waiting to hear back, now.
from WhiteGardenia
Feb 28, 2018 4:42 pm

Thx aemwrites. Maybe the date on the Timeline is different from your notation here in the Comments section...?
(I do see one on the Timeline for Jan 10th for "Children's" but not Middle Grade.)

Good luck with your new agent!!!
from aemwrites
Feb 28, 2018 3:55 pm

@whitegardenia - that's weird as I could see it highlighted in yellow myself? Will double check. It's a middle grade fantasy.
from Blackhat
Feb 20, 2018 6:21 pm

EQ: 11/6/17
CNR: 2/20/18
(Query plus first 10 pages)

Women's fiction - 102k
from WhiteGardenia
Feb 17, 2018 2:50 pm

@aelizmaclennan, I don't see your query info reflected on the QT Data Explorer or Timeline for this agent. What genre?

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