Crystal Lacey Winslow

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Crystal Lacey Winslow
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genre Fiction
Notable works Life, Love & Loneliness
The Criss Cross
Tale of a Train Wreck Lifestyle

Crystal Lacey Winslow is an American author, agent, and book publisher from Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder of Melodrama Publishing, an American independent publishing house based in East Patchogue, New York that specializes in urban fiction novels geared toward women.

Writing career and Melodrama Publishing[edit]

In 2001, Winslow founded Melodrama Publishing, a New York-based company, and self-financed her first novel, Life, Love & Loneliness, in June 2002. Within eight weeks that novel had independently sold out its first print run and was on the Essence Magazine bestseller list.[1]Following the overall success of Life, Love & Loneliness, Winslow opened a bookstore in 2003 called Melodrama Books & Things in Far Rockaway, Queens. This was the town's first bookstore in decades.[2][3][4]

In 2004 Simon & Schuster Pocket Books printed the first edition of Four Degrees of Heat with Brenda L. Thomas, Rochelle Alers, and ReShonda Tate Billingsley.[5] Winslow’s second novel, The Criss Cross, and Swinson’s first novel, Wifey, were released by Melodrama Publishing that year.[4][6]

Publications such as Black Enterprise, the New York Daily News, and Publishers Weekly[1][3][4] covered Winslow’s accomplishments, and in 2005 referred to her as "Melodrama's Queen Pen".[7]

In 2008 Winslow ghostwrote Cartier Cartel by Nisa Santiago, and that novel launched a series of lawsuits, with Winslow and Melodrama Publishing on the defense.[8] Throughout five years of legal battles, Winslow remained silent, choosing to not comment or defend her position through social media. Melodrama was eventually vindicated in all legal matters. [8]

Moving forward, Melodrama Publishing launched its Brooklyn Books imprint in 2014.[9]

Winslow Shim Literary Agency[edit]

In 2007, Winslow started the Winslow Shim Literary Agency. Since creating the company, Winslow has brokered book deals for clients with major and independent publishing houses.[4]



  1. ^ a b Anderson, Keisha. "Trusting Your Instincts Crystal Winslow followed her heart to become an author". Black Enterprise. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Entrepreneur Brings Bookstore To Far Rockaway". The Wave. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Louie, Rebecca (August 19, 2004). "SHE'S ALREADY ALL THAT At just 25, author Crystal Lacey Winslow has written her own success story". Daily News. New York. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Melodrama Publishing Makes a Mark". Publishers Weekly. 
  5. ^ Four Degrees of Heat: A Collection of Sexy Summer Escapades. Gallery Books. July 2004. ISBN 0743491459. 
  6. ^ The Criss Cross. Melodrama Publishing. August 2004. ISBN 978-0971702127. 
  7. ^ Razzaq, Baria. "Melodrama's Queen Pen, Crystal Lacey Winslow". Archived from the original on February 3, 2006. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ U.S. Trademark Reg no. filed Oct. 29, 2014, reg. Mar. 31, 2015. Accessed May 22, 2016.

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