Award-winning publisher Melanie Houston launched Alabaster Box Media Group in the spring of 2013 with the release of her first book, Rivers of Grace: Poems of Redemption & Restoration. In the fall of 2013, she published When the Devil is Beating His Wife: A Christian Perspective on Domestic Violence & Recovery with co-author Dr. Iris A. Cooper. An accomplished grant writer, Houston has more than 30 years of management and business consulting experience across several disciplines with profit and nonprofit organizations.
Houston began an elite publishing career as an executive editor with Purpose Magazine and Ella Coleman, publisher. There, she wrote feature stories and edited articles penned by the late Dr. Myles Munroe and other national figures. Houston expanded her publishing and editorial footprint as the executive editor for award-winning Who’s Who Publishing Company under the ownership of C. Sunny Martin. Cutting-edge and enterprising, Who’s Who broke publishing ground by celebrating the achievements of African-American leaders, celebrities, and professionals in more than 25 urban markets from Los Angeles to New York.
With Martin as her mentor, Houston honed her skills and managed a staff of editors and freelance writers across the United States. Of Martin’s 64-plus publications, Houston edited 55. Frequently, Houston was tapped as a ghostwriter for associate publishers such as the late Yolanda Reynolds of Atlanta and state Supreme Court justices. Justices include the Honorable William E. McAnulty Jr., the first African-American Supreme Court justice in Kentucky, and the Honorable Robert M. Duncan the first African-American Supreme Court justice in Ohio. Duncan was heralded for deciding the Columbus City schools’ historic desegregation case. It was common for Houston to interview historic leaders and civil rights icons such as the late Dorothy Height, Walter Fauntleroy, Willie Barrow, the late Lerone Bennett and Linda Johnson Rice.
Most recently, Houston completed her third and most anticipated publication, My Afrikah Hair, which is illustrated by world-renowned Bahamian artist, Philece Roberts. To date, My Afrikah Hair has received two awards: the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the National Indie Excellence Award. Both awards are in the motivational/inspirational category. Alabaster Box is expanding its services to support other emerging writers and artists, who need a voice and a platform to share their gifts.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Houston graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art therapy. Forever a Buckeye, she received a Master of Arts degree from The Ohio State University, with a major in labor and human resource management. Houston has volunteered with Future Possibilities, Inc. as a KidsCoach™, and served as a member of the Women’s Service Board of the King Arts Complex, and the Columbus Works board of directors. Currently, she serves on the Board of Advisors for Pinky Swear North Carolina.
Melanie and her husband, Dan, travel and work with clients across the South and Midwest. In their spare time, she designs jewelry and he sails.