Melissa Frain

I am a voracious reader and lover of books with more than fifteen years of experience editing, 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, and San Diego State University, currently serve as a mentor for We Need Diverse Books, and have been a speaker at many conferences and conventions, including New York Comic Con, the American Library Association Annual Conference, Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, and the World Fantasy Convention.

For over a decade 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 am also a trained copyeditor and proofreader (NYU) with a portfolio of well over 100 novels, including as a final line editor of romance at Samhain Publishing.

As an independent editor, I now edit on a per-project basis for most of the largest publishers and directly with authors of all experience levels. 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, Elise Kova, Veronica Rossi, and Kristen Simmons.

I have extensive editorial experience in a variety of genres, but am best known for my work in romance, fantasy, and young adult.

A photo of Melissa Frain. She is wearing a jean jacket over a black top and blue skirt, and leaning against a wall outdoors. She has one hand in her pocket.

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HEA Quest: Editor Roundtable

January 20, 2024 9:00 am to 9:50 am

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Are you curious about professional editing and what happens after you turn your manuscript over? Join us for the first of the three panels: Editor Roundtable! We have three fantastic editors, from freelance to big 5, happy to share their knowledge: Melissa Frain, Monique Patterson, and Liz Pelletier.

HEA Quest is a special virtual meetup presented by SFWA’s Romance Steering Committee. It’s available to all Nebula 2023 conference attendees–or, if you would like to register for HEA Quest only, you can do so here for $10 USD.

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