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Melissa Edwards, Esq. 

MLE Consulting, LLC

Reading and Negotiation Services for Publishing Contracts



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.


Contract Reading
Contract Negotiation
Contract Drafting



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.

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


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