Melli Yoon champions diverse books, both in her role at Penguin Random House and as a freelance sensitivity reader. Representation done well is powerful, and Melli is committed to helping authors portray characters, settings, and lived experiences authentically so that readers can see themselves reflected in stories. Melli edits copy, proofreads, and fact-checks on a daily basis, so she will gladly pore over manuscripts with a discerning eye. And, yes, she is a fervent proponent of the serial comma. 

When she’s not making a dent in her ever-expanding TBR pile, Melli likes to veg out with a TV marathon and a pint of ice cream (current obsessions: Itaewon Class and Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked).


  Sensitivity / Expert

  • Korean American
  • Christian
  • Third culture kid (immigrant culture, code-switching)
  • Racism (microagressions, macroagressions, stereotypes, colorism, Eastern vs. Western beauty standards, etc.)
  • Ageism
  • Tokenism
  • Special needs education (ABA in home, school, and community settings; family support)

 Preferred Genres

Fiction  YA  Middle Grade  Romcom 

 Avoided Genres


What Clients Say


I highly recommend Salt & Sage and Mellie! Her feedback was speedy but detailed, and she even spent time researching an issue outside the review’s original parameters, which I greatly appreciate. A great experience all around!