General details

  • Melissa

  • Brooklyn, NY

  • Melissa Jones

  • Columbia University MFA Creative Writing

  • English

In short

  • WEbook content manager and proud author of the WEbook blog:

    I'm always on the lookout for the hottest WEbook content and the very best WEbook users -- send me a message to nominate a project or user to be featured in the WEbook blog!

    Unfortunately, I'm not able to give personal feedback to most of the many, many writers who ask me to read their work.  For tips on how to get feedback on WEbook -- plus how to give great feedback and what to do with the feedback you get -- check out the WEbook guide to feedback:

    You can also find me on Twitter!

  • In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Japanese postal system, I was the one-day honorary postmistress of the Osaka Prefecture.  I wore a sash with my name written in katakana (that's Jo-o-n-zu), and I gave a 10-minute speech about Benjamin Franklin in presumably incomprehensible Japanese, to a sea of men and women in matching teal suits.  Afterwards, I was given a large bouquet of flowers and had my photo taken with dignitaries.  Then a tour of the post office (it's pretty awesome in there), a ceremonial hanku-stamping of that day's paperwork, and out to the sidewalk to hand out gifts to utterly bemused passersby.  My photo was in the paper, and the whole day was documented and presented to me in a neatly bound album some weeks later, along with an envelope containing 500,000 yen.  I no longer have the yen.

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Fiction: Children's, Humor/Satire, Literary, Women's Fiction

    Non-Fiction: Body, Mind & Spirit, Business/Money, Cooking, Food & Wine, Humor, Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction, Outdoors & Nature, Parenting & Family, Reference, Self-Help, Women's Studies

  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
    Paradise Lost by John Milton
    His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
  • The Legend of Vinny Whiskers...again!
  • Your mom's house
  • Fiction: Humor/Satire, Literary

    Non-Fiction: Humor

  • Charles Wallace from A Wrinkle in Time
  • Tough choice, but I think Nabokov wins for pure "How does he do that?!?!"-edness.