2017 Conference Faculty: Melissa Manlove

Meet the faculty of the 2017 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.


Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor, Chronicle Books

Melissa Manlove is a Senior Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She has been with Chronicle for 12 years. Her acquisitions tend to be all ages in nonfiction; ages 0-8 for fiction. When acquiring, she looks for fresh takes on familiar topics as well as the new and unusual. An effective approach and strong, graceful writing are important to her. She has 17 years of children’s bookselling experience.


Melissa Manlove
Melissa Manlove

What attracted you to children’s books?

Reading them! That’s what made me start recommending them to people, and that turned into being a bookseller, and that turned into being an editor!

What’s the best part of your job?

Helping writers and artists create books that speak to their vision and will find readers!

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

All the email.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?

I couldn’t choose one. I’ve had many wonderful mentors.

Come see Melissa at the 2017 Austin SCBWI conference, May 20-21, 2017