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”

Nicole Thomas – Editor at Greenfinch

I am Editor at Quercus’ imprint, Greenfinch, working across illustrated and narrative non-fiction in the areas of lifestyle, cookery, wellness, travel and nature. Prior to this, I was one of five trainees on Hachette’s year-long traineeship where I worked at Hodder’s lifestyle imprint, Yellow Kite, and Orion. Outside of my role, I am Outreach LiaisonContinue reading “Nicole Thomas – Editor at Greenfinch”

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 – Commissioning Editor at Penguin General

I’m a commissioning editor at Penguin General, where I work on the Business list. Before joining PRH I was in the non-fiction team at Hodder & Stoughton where I started as an intern via Creative Access. While there I contributed to books including WTF? by Robert Peston, Step by Step by Simon Reeve and The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon. MyContinue reading “Cameron Myers – Commissioning Editor at Penguin General”

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 – Editorial Director at Bluebird and One Boat

Over the past five years, I’ve worked in non-fiction editorial across Trapeze, Octopus Books, Square Peg and Bluebird & One Boat, where I’m currently Editorial Director. I commission and edit books, as well as supporting and working closely with the team in the development and expansion of the list. I am keen to work onContinue reading “Mireille Harper – Editorial Director at Bluebird and One Boat”

Emmanuel Omodeinde – TV, Film and Stage Agents’ Assistant at David Higham Associates

I am a TV, Film and Stage Agents’ Assistant at David Higham Associates where I provide support to two agents on their work with book authors, screenwriters and playwrights. I previously worked as an Editorial Assistant at John Murray Press and as a Scouting Assistant at Mira Trenchard. I’m particularly fond of works which play withContinue reading “Emmanuel Omodeinde – TV, Film and Stage Agents’ Assistant at David Higham Associates”

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 – Commissioning Editor at Footnote Press

Kwaku is a commissioning editor at Footnote Press looking to acquire fiction and non-fiction. They 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 hadContinue reading “Kwaku Osei-Afrifa – Commissioning Editor at Footnote Press”

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 – Editor at Trapeze

Serena Arthur is fiction editor at Trapeze Books, Orion (a division of Hachette UK), where she is editing and publishing across the list and seeking bold, memorable and zeitgeisty new books. She joined Orion in June 2022 after just under three years at another Hachette division – Headline – where she spent ten months asContinue reading “Serena Arthur – Editor at Trapeze”

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 – Agent at The Good Literary Agency

Gyamfia began her career in publishing working as a Bookseller at Waterstones, before joining Caskie Mushens as Literary Assistant to Juliet Mushens and Robert Caskie. She returned to the U.K. after living in Amsterdam for two years, where she managed international sales for The Pepin Press and held the role of Editor for Plural Magazine.Continue reading “Gyamfia Osei – Agent 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”