Melissa Flashman

Literary Agent



Melissa Flashman represents bestselling and award-winning writers across a broad range of categories. Writers she represents have won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rona Jaffe Award, the Ridenhour Prize, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice, and the Bread and Roses Award. These authors and their books have been featured widely in publications from n +1 and the Paris Review to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker.


As an English major and former graduate student in literature, Melissa has a strong interest in literary and commercial fiction that engages the time-honored questions of love, loss, and how to live. "I’m always on the lookout for the work that makes you want to take the day off," says Melissa. "Whether it’s a page-turning suspense, a high-concept young adult series, a sprawling saga about friends and family, or a philosophical genre-bender. The magic happens for me when the writing and the story come together.”


Melissa also focuses on the big ideas that involve issues of the way we live now. With a career background as a trend spotter and a passion for visionary thinkers, Melissa has established a reputation for representing original writers whose ideas are revolutionizing everything from global finance to the modern family. "I love the challenge of working across a wide spectrum of subjects," says Melissa. These categories include pop culture, memoir, wellness, popular science, business and economics, and technology. "I believe that all my authors have compelling stories to share. My job as a literary agent is to strategize how to best get their ideas into the hands of the widest audience possible, regardless of format."

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