Accomplished non-fiction book author, journalist, and creative writer who has written 26 non-fiction books – 6 under her own name and 21 ghostwritten, published by such houses as Hyperion, Macmillan, Hay House, and Perseus Books. Fiction, poetry, and photographs have also been published in anthologies. Proven ability to write or edit/book doctor creative and trade non-fiction that is entertaining, clear, instructive, and informative. Successfully fosters positive relationships with agents, editors, licensors, authors, and publishing houses.
Subject Areas: Self-help, popular business, leadership, marketing/branding, medical/health for lay audiences (including cosmetic surgery and dentistry), food/nutrition, cookbooks, coffee table books, gift/novelty books, psychology, sexuality/erotica, new age spirituality, adult education, travel, entertainment (film, television, music, theater, art, dance), law, memoir, nature/ecology/wildlife including bird watching.
- Her book 52 Weeks of Passionate Sex (Running Press) went into second printing within a week of release.
- Her book The Cocktail Kit (Running Press) sold more than 100,000 copies.
- Her books Hummingbirds: Jewels On Air (Courage Books) and The Ultimate Bird Lover (HCI) contain Melanie’s photographs.
- Her book Passion Starters (Running Press) sold more than 30,000 copies in its first 18 months.
- Her edited/book doctored books have won a total of 32 book awards, including the 2009 Best Beach Books Festival Grand Prize; another was endorsed by Ken Blanchard and Marshall Goldsmith
- Her work has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Writing, Editorial, and Related Background
Books: Author of 6 non-fiction books, ghostwriter of 21 non-fiction books, contributor to 3 additional books (1 non-fiction and 2 fiction compilations):
- The Cocktail Kit, Running Press
- The Art of Chinese Calligraphy, Running Press
- Hummingbirds: Jewels On Air, Courage Books
- 52 Weeks of Passionate Sex, Running Press
- The Art of Belly Dancing, Running Press
- Passion Starters: Seduce. Surprise. Satisfy., Running Press
- 20 ghostwritten titles in medical, popular business, memoir, self-help, and new age genres
- Faces of Freedom, (contributor)
- Five Minute Erotica and More Five Minute Erotica, (contributor) Running Press
Editing and Book Doctoring: Developmental editor/book doctor of non-fiction and fiction books, articles, white papers, website copy, brochures, and speeches for both individuals and publishing companies. Edited books, published by such houses as Macmillan, Ulysses Press, and Hay House, have won a total of 32 international book awards, including the Best Beach Books Festival Grand Prize. Ability to diagnose manuscript problems, organizing them for optimal clarity and flow. Also experienced with copy editing, particularly recipes.
Journalism: Specializing in travel, entertainment, health, and sexuality, Melanie has written for such print publications as Woman’s Day, Travel Savvy, Medical Economics, South China Morning Post, Executive Travel, His and Hers, Independent Restaurateur, Restaurant Management, Fit Focus, Kraze, American Moms, and several online publications, such as Broadway World, Luxury Web, City Room, Just Luxe, Business Insider, Minerva Place, Farewell Travels, Reel Life With Jane, Antenna Free TV, Travel Mindset, Travelers Digest, Super Yacht Times, and Copper in the Arts Magazine. She runs her own travel blog called Trip Out on Travel.
Medical Writing: Produced several patient publications and website copy for more than 50 ophthalmologists, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical spas, and large medical groups, describing medical procedures for lay audiences. Ghostwriter of full-length books about cosmetic dentistry and eye surgery, and ghostwriter of articles for dentistry trade publications.
Business and Corporate Writing: Developer, writer, and editor of a wide range of business materials, including SEO website copy, speeches, brochures, product descriptions and packaging, sales letters, newsletters, white papers, case studies, press releases, bios, and more. Proven ability to use creative writing skills to enhance marketing materials.
Teaching, Lecturing, and Public Appearances: Invited instructor of erotic poetry writing course for The Discovery Center in New York and for The Learning Annex in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Instructor of Discovering Your Life Purpose seminar for The Seminar Center, The Learning Annex in New York and California, and com. Invited lecturer on creative expression for the Los Angeles Mensa Society. Lecturer at the New Life and Source of Life Expos in New York. Author and producer of two lecture/meditation CD’s entitled Discovering Your Life Purpose and The Creative Impulse, which are sold on iTunes and elsewhere. Appeared on Sony Worldwide Radio Network and Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s television program, Woman of the Week. Provided Valentine’s Day tips on the New Jersey Good Times Magazine Radio Show and appeared for a half-hour interview on the Knowledge for Living-Awakening Your Potential program on MoneyTalk Radio.
Photography: Published nature, wildlife, and travel photographer. Amazon River photograph was made into a mural for an exhibit at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. Exhibited at Westside Camera in New York City. Eight photographs published in the coffee table book, Hummingbirds: Jewels On Air, 14 photographs published in The Ultimate Bird Book published by Health Communications, Inc. (the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers), one photo in The Exultant Ark, and numerous photos in online/print magazines and New York Times blog. Images have been used in corporate marketing materials, logos, and websites, including the National Honey Board. Brazil photos have graced the walls of Sting’s Rainforest Foundation NY office.
Poetry and Fiction: More than 50 poems published in the literary magazines of the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Finland, and Australia, including American Writing, Folio, Poetpourri, and The Lullwater Review. Erotic fiction published in The Erotica Reader, which accompanies the non-fiction book 52 Weeks of Passionate Sex, and in the book anthologies Five-Minute Erotica (September 2003, Running Press) and Five-Minute Erotica 2 (2008, Running Press.) Served as poetry contest judge for the Bronx Council for the Arts.
Bachelor of Arts degree in English, magna cum laude, Bellarmine College, Louisville, Kentucky
Many years of training as a dancer, singer, actress
Member of Author’s Guild; Association of Ghostwriters; International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association; North American Travel Journalists Association; New York Travel Writers Association; International Travel Writers Alliance
References provided upon request.