Reading Is the Key by Melba Moon, Editor

Reading Is the Keyy

Hello everyone! Melba Moon here, I’m thrilled to be joining Gilded Dragonfly Books. Reading has always been my favorite thing to do. I started reading every romance in my school library at a very early age. My mother, being a woman of the “housewife/mother/stay-at-home” age, did not approve of “those” books, but she assumed hardback books from the school library were safe for her gently reared daughter. So I happily threw myself into the likes of Anya Seton, Jane Austin, and many others. The thicker the book, the more I relished it.

I remember the moment I finished reading a romance, closed the book with a happy sigh, and said, “I want to do this.” The rest, as they say, is history.

Unlike my mother, I supported my daughter’s desire to read romance. In fact, when she was struggling with reading I carted in a box of Harlequin sweet romances and settled her summer for her. By the end of that summer she’d read all those romances and most of the ones I had squirreled away. Her reading problem was a thing of the past. That is the magic of reading, it doesn’t matter what children read as long as they read! Reading will generalize. Oops, sorry, wrong hat. Taking off my teacher’s hat and putting back on my editor’s hat.

I have a very eclectic reading appetite. I love romantic suspense, contemporary, historical, paranormal and, of course, since I teach middle school, YA.

I am looking for a great story with a strong voice. I want a well crafted, grammatically correct manuscript. Please query with a brief summary of the story in your email. Attach the first three chapters and a synopsis of two pages to your email. I will try to respond within three weeks, but please be aware that currently I am laid up with a broken ankle.

Please study the style sheet our editors/copyeditor put together and make your manuscript shine before you send it in. Remember, there is only one opportunity to make a great first impression. Please email your submission to Please use GDB/your title in the subject line. All submissions must be in English.

Posted by Mary Marvella



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5 responses to “Reading Is the Key by Melba Moon, Editor

  1. I agree. Reading almost anything teaches folks a lot. I learned a lot of history that way. (grin) Melba has a lot experience and wants to see your books.


  2. MaryMarvella, you’ve got that right! I learned a lot more about history from novels (romance or not) than I ever did in that boring History class. I learned how it impacted the people of the time, instead of just laws, acts, and dates.


  3. Jackie Rod

    Melba, I loved your comment about the “magic of reading.” Nothing aids the mind and frees our emotions as much as reading.


  4. Melba, your comment, “I remember the moment I finished reading a romance, closed the book with a happy sigh, and said, ‘I want to do this'” shows the deep passion that dwells in the heart of a born writer. How wonderful to be able to share that passion by helping other writer’s dreams come true!


  5. Melba, I too relished reading as a child and still do. And I too, have learned more about history from historical romance and historical fiction than I ever did at school. Ah, to have a thick , juicy book to take me away to all those worlds.There is nothing in the world like a good book


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