Melissa Danaczko is a literary agent with the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. Prior to agenting, she was a Senior Editor with the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Melissa focuses on literary and commercial fiction, and is particularly fond of historical fiction, psychological thrillers, mystery, speculative fiction and family dramas. She also represents non-fiction including memoir, narrative history, long-form reportage and popular science. In all categories, she gravitates towards books with a fresh perspective, energetic writing and deep sense of place. It’s a big plus if a book can introduce her to a new world, make her think differently about one she already knows or tap into the cultural climate.


I am on the hunt for novels that play with genre elements (particularly horror), dark psychological thrillers/mysteries, family sagas and contemporary fiction with strong emotional cores, and historical novels set around the world.

On the non-fiction side, I would love to find a project about the food industry. I'm also very interested in environmental writing, neuroscience and psychology.


Bernice McFadden
Amanda Jayatissa
Addison Armstrong

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, History, Investigative Journalism, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Psychology, Science,


FICTION: Crime, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Memoir, Parenting, Pop Culture, Technology, True Crime, Women's Concerns