As an attorney and literary agent, I have been trained to read and negotiate publishing contracts. My particular skill exists in catching problematic terms hidden in legalese.

I am available for consultation on any manner of publishing contract, from large trade house agreements to those from indie publishers.


Melissa Edwards, Esq. 

MLE Consulting, LLC

Reading and Negotiation Services for Publishing Contracts



As both a literary agent and attorney, I have specialized knowledge in publishing agreements. Some history: I graduated with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. I then attended Vanderbilt University Law School, graduating with a J.D. and a focus in Intellectual Property Law. I became a member of the New York State Bar in 2012 and practiced law as a commercial litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. I started my career in publishing at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, negotiating the foreign rights deals for a 40-year backlist and building my list. I am currently a literary agent at Stonesong, working in children's and adult fiction and nonfiction. I have negotiated domestic trade publishing contracts, international publication agreements, film rights, and audio deals.



Email me for a preliminary discussion of your contract negotiation needs.


To query me as a literary agent, please check my submission guidelines at stonesong.com. 

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