Melissa Edwards

Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Melissa represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture non-fiction. She is looking for warm and timeless middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction. She can be found on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE, where she often tweets her active Manuscript Wishlist requests under #MSWL.

Gabrielle Piraino

Gabrielle Piraino joined DeFiore and Company in 2016, having previously worked for both major commercial publishing houses and literary agencies alike, including Farrar, Straus & Giroux and AGI Vigliano. She’s a graduate of Pace University’s MS in Publishing program.
When considering new projects, Gabbie is most drawn to strong narrative voices, unique world-building, and diverse casts of characters. Focused on building long-term relationships with authors, she is currently accepting queries for sci-fi, fantasy, horror, thriller, and up-market chick lit (both Adult and YA). She’d also be happy to review queries from prospective author-illustrators for comics/graphic novels. She’s interested in representing stories with #ownvoices and diverse characters as available.

Quressa Robinson

Quressa Robinson joined the Nelson Literary Agency in 2017 after working at a previous agency and as an editor for five years. She is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in New York City for over a decade. As a New York-based agent, she is eager to build her YA and Adult lists. When not curled on her couch reading, she plays video games, enjoys too much TV–mostly Sailor Moon and Harry Potter (Slytherin!), eats delicious things, drinks champagne, hangs out with her very clever husband, and adds another “dramatic” color to her lipstick collection. So, give her stories that will make her geek out. If you can make her have an epic fangirl squee–have stories featuring fairies and warrior princesses with afros and rainbow dreads or envision winter elves inspired by an Asian or Latinx culture–then you are definitely a match. She’s also looking for stories with best friends like Molly and Issa on Insecure, enemies to lovers, coming-of-age stories, The Breakfast Club with a twist, family drama and witches (!), and alpha heroes paired with witty heroines. If you have bold, fresh, or quirky stories they will be right up her alley. She’s also looking for stories that feel timeless and timely despite the current climate or when they were originally written. Or give her something she didn’t know she desperately needed. Above all, give her stories she can become deeply passionate about.

Justin Wells

Coming from a long background in book blogging with a focus on YA literature, Justin knew he wanted to end up in the publishing industry. Justin joined Corvisiero Literary Agency in the summer of 2016 as an intern, and quickly moved up within the agency under the amazing guidance of Marisa Corvisiero. Justin is now a Jr. Literary Agent with the agency, and is incredibly excited for everything to come. He is seeking Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, and some contemporary in Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult. His passion for helping writers knows no bounds, and he strives to make every effort to have a positive impact on every writer he meets.
Along with working full time as an agent, Justin is also finishing up a degree in public relations. The knowledge he has gained through his degree has helped to give him an unique skillset to match with his work as an agent. He also runs a website where he provides helpful content for writers, all in the effort to do everything he can to help writers acheive their goals

Maximilian Ximenez

Maximilian Ximenez grew up within the New York publishing industry. Prior to joining the L. Perkins Agency, he worked at Blizzard Entertainment, creators of the popular Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo video game franchises. He is a strong believer in publishing and narrative as a central pillar of franchise and transmedia development.

Maximilian is actively pursuing clients for both fiction and nonfiction works. In fiction, he is actively pursuing science fiction, fantasy, horror and thrillers, particularly cyberpunk and neo-noir as well as books with a uniquely deconstructive bent. For non-fiction, Maximilian is seeking popular science, true crime and books pertaining to arts and trends in developing fields and cultures.

Maximilian’s clients include two-time New York Times bestselling graphic novel author, Micky Neilson, and Lucien Soulban, lead writer of the BAFTA award winning video game Far Cry 3.