THE BLACK ISSUE wins ‘Content Piece of the Year 2021’ PPA Award

The Black Issue – the first ever guest-edited issue of The Bookseller magazine since its inception in 1858 – has won a PPA Award! The issue was published in April 2021 as a collaboration between The Bookseller and publishing community and mentoring network Black Agents & Editors’ Group (BAE) was edited by Marianne Tatepo. Out of the four issues nominated,Continue reading “THE BLACK ISSUE wins ‘Content Piece of the Year 2021’ PPA Award”

BAE x The Bookseller: THE BLACK ISSUE

CALLOUT: Please send your 50-word pitch for a feature idea by 8 March. Full details below. The Black Agents and Editors’ Group (BAE), a community for current and aspiring agents and editors of African descent, are curating the first ever takeover issue of The Bookseller, the book industry’s dedicated weekly magazine, founded in 1858. The issue will beContinue reading “BAE x The Bookseller: THE BLACK ISSUE”


What does ‘doing the work’ really mean? (What does it mean on the days when you feel tired, worried or stressed?) We heard about the thoughts and the prayers; we saw the black squares, then heard the ensuing silence. As 2020 comes to a close it feels like day-to-day ally efforts towards equity are faltering.Continue reading “15 STEPS TO DOING BETTER”

Marianne Tatepo – Founder of BAE, Publishing Director at Vintage

Hi, I’m Marianne, the founder of the Black Agents & Editors’ Group (BAE). I’m Publishing Director for Square Peg, Vintage (Penguin Random House UK). Previously, I was Commissioning Editor for Ebury Press & Pop Press (Penguin Random House UK), publishing nonfiction books, with a focus on lifestyle and illustrated. Prior to Ebury, I was atContinue reading “Marianne Tatepo – Founder of BAE, Publishing Director at Vintage”

Lemara Lindsay-Prince – Senior Commissioning Editor at #MerkyBooks

Lemara Lindsay-Prince is Senior Commissioning Editor at award-winning imprint #Merky Books who published the ‘How To’ series, and Not Without A Fight by Ramla Ali. She is also co-fryer, and joint Editor in Chief of independent literary journal Plantain Papers, and a published writer whose words can be found in Well Read Black Girl anthology andContinue reading “Lemara Lindsay-Prince – Senior Commissioning Editor at #MerkyBooks”

Davinia Andrew-Lynch – Literary Agent at Andlyn

Davinia Andrew-Lynch is a Literary Agent and the founder of boutique literary agency Andlyn. Initially specialising in children’s and YA Fiction the agency has now expanded to represent adult authors of commercial fiction and non-fiction. Previously, Davinia was an associate agent in a film/TV agency and a freelance children’s fiction editor. In 2015, and inContinue reading “Davinia Andrew-Lynch – Literary Agent at Andlyn”

Natalie Jerome – Literary Agent at Aevitas Creative Management

Natalie Jerome has worked as a Publisher and Acquiring Editor for some of the UK’s most prominent publishing houses including Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan, Bonnier Books and HarperCollins where she was a commissioner for ten years before making the move across to literary agenting for Aevitas Creative Management, a leading transatlantic independent literary agency. Continue reading “Natalie Jerome – Literary Agent at Aevitas Creative Management”

Ellah P. Wakatama OBE – Editor-at-Large at Canongate

Ellah P. Wakatama OBE is Editor-at-Large at Canongate and was the founding Publishing Director of The Indigo Press. She is also the Creative Manchester Senior Research Fellow at the School of New Writing, University of Manchester and serves as the Chair of the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing. She was a judge for theContinue reading “Ellah P. Wakatama OBE – Editor-at-Large at Canongate”

Asmaa Isse – Assistant Editor at Penguin Random House Children’s

Asmaa works on brands like Tom Fletcher, Doctor Who, Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson as well as developing Puffin’s non-fiction publishing. She began her career at Bonnier Books working across the adult and children’s fiction teams before moving on to the Penguin imprint Michael Joseph, where she worked with authors like Jojo Moyes and StephenContinue reading “Asmaa Isse – Assistant Editor at Penguin Random House Children’s”

Cameron Myers – Editor at Hodder and Stoughton

Cameron is an Editor with Hodder & Stoughton’s General Non-Fiction team – where he started as an intern via Creative Access. He was also one of SYP London’s Events Coordinators in 2019. He loves discovering books he can pass on and discuss with friends, and is always on the lookout for new podcasts, films andContinue reading “Cameron Myers – Editor at Hodder and Stoughton”

Emma Paterson – Literary Agent at Aitken Alexander

Emma Paterson joined Aitken Alexander Associates in 2018 after five years at Rogers, Coleridge and White. Before that, she worked at The Wylie Agency. In 2018, she was selected as a Bookseller Rising Star. She became a member of the Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee and was made a Director of the agency in 2020.

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf – Publishing Director at Cassava Republic

Bibi is co-founder and publishing director of Cassava Republic Press.  She has worked as a research and gender consultant as well as in academia.  She sits on the editorial board of a number of influential journals. Bibi is also a Yale World Fellow, a Desmond Tutu Fellow and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow.  The ChairContinue reading “Bibi Bakare-Yusuf – Publishing Director at Cassava Republic”

Nelle Andrew – Literary Agent at Rachel Mills Literary

I am a literary agent at RML having joined in 2020. Previously I was at PFD for 11 years. I was nominated for Agent of the Year in 2018 and was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. I represent both award winning authors and ST/NYT bestsellers across a wide range of fiction and non fictionContinue reading “Nelle Andrew – Literary Agent at Rachel Mills Literary”

Sareeta Domingo – Commissioning Editor at Harlequin/Mills & Boon

I started out in Sales & Marketing as a Stock Controller then Trade Manager, left to work as an Editor in children’s fiction at packager Hothouse Fiction for several years, freelanced as an Editor for a bit (and I’ve also been a Bookseller), until my current role as a Commissioning Editor at Harlequin Mills &Continue reading “Sareeta Domingo – Commissioning Editor at Harlequin/Mills & Boon”

Mireille Harper – Editor at Square Peg

Mireille Harper is an editor at Square Peg, Vintage (Penguin Random House UK). After internships at PackT, Penguin Random House Children’s and Eventful Publishing Co., Mireille joined Hachette UK on its 12-month Fresh Chapters traineeship programme working in editorial at Trapeze (Orion Publishing Group), where she won the Harry Barker Prize, before going on toContinue reading “Mireille Harper – Editor at Square Peg”

Emmanuel Omodeinde – Editorial Assistant at John Murray Press

I am an Editorial Assistant at John Murray Press, mostly working on serious and smart-thinking non-fiction books on the John Murray and Basic Books imprints. I previously interned at the leading indie publisher of Caribbean and Black British Literature, Peepal Tree Press, and the renowned 4th Estate and William Collins at HarperCollins, the British publishersContinue reading “Emmanuel Omodeinde – Editorial Assistant at John Murray Press”

Marleigh Price – Editor at Trapeze

Marleigh Price is an editor at Trapeze, working across the fiction and non-fiction lists. Forthcoming publications include Being Lolita by Alisson Wood, White Tears Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad and Who’s Loving You by Sareeta Domingo. Marleigh is drawn to books with strong narrative voices and commissions across the spectrum of non-fiction, from memoir toContinue reading “Marleigh Price – Editor at Trapeze”

Kwaku Osei-Afrifa – Editorial Assistant/PA to the CEO at Hodder Studio

Kwaku started their career as a PA first to Jamie Byng at Canongate, then Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung at Titan, after working as a Waterstones bookseller. Joining the editorial commissioning team at Unbound, they built a fiction list that had four titles on the Guardian‘s 2018 Not the Booker longlist. Since leaving Unbound, aContinue reading “Kwaku Osei-Afrifa – Editorial Assistant/PA to the CEO at Hodder Studio”

Leodora Darlington – Commissioning Editor at Canelo

Leodora Darlington is a commissioning editor at Canelo with a history of working on bestselling commercial fiction. In the past, she has worked with number-one-bestselling authors such as Angela Marsons and has worked on chart-topping books such as Samantha Hayes’ Date Night and Shalini Boland’s The Wife. One of her first commissions was The Dancing Girls by M.M. Chouinard, whichContinue reading “Leodora Darlington – Commissioning Editor at Canelo”

Serena Arthur – Editorial Assistant at Headline

I am Editorial Assistant at Wildfire Books, Headline. I am also an Events Coordinator and Inclusivity Rep for SYP London for 2021. I joined Wildfire in July 2020 after nine months as Editorial Trainee on the Headline Fiction team. I support the team on a range of editorial tasks, whilst also making connections in theContinue reading “Serena Arthur – Editorial Assistant at Headline”

Magdalene Abraha – Editorial Manager at Jacaranda Books

Magdalene is a writer and publisher. She was voted the Bookseller’s Rising Star list 2019. Magdalene was also awarded the LBF Trailblazer award 2020 for her contribution to publishing. Magdalene Abraha started her career in journalism and was one of the youngest columnists for the Independent newspaper before writing for multiple magazine and newspapers. Magdalene worked atContinue reading “Magdalene Abraha – Editorial Manager at Jacaranda Books”

Mina Asaam – Editorial Assistant at Simon and Schuster

Before my current role, I spent quite a few years living in different countries (South Korea, Spain) teaching English as a foreign language. Then, I transitioned into scientific publishing, making use of my degree and research experience in Biological Sciences/Genetics. I finally made the move into my current role where I work to support theContinue reading “Mina Asaam – Editorial Assistant at Simon and Schuster”

Gyamfia Osei – Agency Assistant at The Good Literary Agency

Having acquired a BA in Ancient History at Exeter University, Gyamfia began her career in publishing working as a Bookseller at Waterstones, before joining Caskie Mushens as Literary Assistant. She returned to the U.K. in December 2020 after living in Amsterdam for two years, where she managed international sales for The Pepin Press and heldContinue reading “Gyamfia Osei – Agency Assistant at The Good Literary Agency”

Sade Omeje – Editorial Assistant at 4th Estate and William Collins

I am currently the editorial assistant at 4th Estate and William Collins, as well as the PA to the executive publisher David Roth-Ey at Harper Collins. I graduated with a degree in English Literature and American Studies from the University of Manchester, my favourite city, where I volunteered for Manchester Literature Festival for two consecutiveContinue reading “Sade Omeje – Editorial Assistant at 4th Estate and William Collins”