Melanie Iglesias is a Senior Editor at Atria Books. She joined the company in 2015 as part of the Simon & Schuster Associates Program, and has worked with debut, celebrity, and New York Times bestselling authors writing in English and Spanish across fiction and nonfiction genres. Melanie is passionate about championing underrepresented voices. Her titles include #1 New York Times bestseller It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover; national bestseller The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova (Book of the Month Club pick, B&N Speculative Fiction pick, Target Book Club pick); a Center for Fiction First Novel Prize longlist selection, The Boy with a Bird in His Chest by Emme Lund; a Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction finalist, GREEDY: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much by Jen Winston; NERD: Adventures in Fandom from This Universe to the Multiverse by award-winning critic at large for the New York Times Maya Phillips; and more. She loves stories that highlight the magical in the seemingly mundane or explore new perspectives of the “known” in extraordinary scenarios, and is drawn to multilayered, voicey characters and beautiful, immersive writing with a commercial hook; and narrative nonfiction centered on identity. She is also interested in book club fiction—conversation starters across the spectrum of lived experiences—with a soft spot for Puerto Rican or Latinx stories, found family narratives, and novels focused on identity and/or diaspora; inclusive romance that touches on deeper themes; and “late”-in-life or second coming-of-age novels. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and a master’s degree in publishing from NYU.
Areas of Interest: Contemporary, Upmarket or Quality Commercial Fiction, New Adult, Book Club Fiction, Literary, Grounded Speculative Fiction, Romance, Essays, Pop Culture
Authors Include: Colleen Hoover, Louisa Onome, Zoraida Córdova, Kim Neville, Jen Winston, Emme Lund, Maya Phillips, Ruth P. Watson, Nicole Arend