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, Commissioning Editor at Ebury

Hi, I’m Marianne, the founder of the Black Agents & Editors’ Group (BAE). I’m a 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 at Penguin General/Penguin Life, and before that at 4th Estate & William CollinsContinue reading “Marianne Tatepo – Founder of BAE, Commissioning Editor at Ebury”

Lemara Lindsay-Prince – Commissioning Editor at #MerkyBooks

Working at #Merky Books has been my first “traditional publishing” position. We’re a dynamic, challenger imprint and we aim to empower a new generation through our publishing programme and community focus. My previous experience has been in independent magazine publishing, and I co-run a yearly publication called Plantain Papers. Before that I worked in retail,Continue reading “Lemara Lindsay-Prince – 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 – Assistant Editor at Hodder & Stoughton

Cameron is an Assistant Editor with Hodder & Stoughton’s General Non-Fiction team – where he started as an intern via Creative Access – and was one of SYP London’s Events Coordinators in 2019. In 2016, he graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Law, and has since gone on to enjoy a careerContinue reading “Cameron Myers – Assistant Editor at Hodder & Stoughton”

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”

Caolinn Douglas – Publishing Executive at Boukouture

One of Hachette’s Fresh Chapters Trainees, I joined Little, Brown as a Marketing & Publicity Trainee in October 2018, before joining Bookouture in April 2019 as an Editorial Trainee. That summer, I was lucky enough to transition into a permanent role as Publishing Executive, where I have since been developing my editorial skills and sharpeningContinue reading “Caolinn Douglas – Publishing Executive at Boukouture”

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”

Ore Agbaje-Williams – Editor at Borough Press

I’m a fiction and non-fiction Editor who’s worked in PR and also at Bloomsbury previously. In 2019 I created and ran a BAME Open Submission competition for unpublished writers, and I’m looking to build a list that reflects the world we live in, and to publish writers whose books start interesting and important conversations.

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 studied English Literature at Mansfield College, an Oxford college which strives to help state school students like myself recognise that they have the potential to gain access to Oxbridge. During university I was the Deputy Editor and co-creator of Onyx Magazine, which platforms the work and voices of students of African and Caribbean descent.Continue 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”

Kemi Ogunsanwo – Literary Agent at The Good Literary Agency

Having acquired a BA in English Literature at UEA I began my publishing career with a number of internships at publishers including Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books while studying for an MA in Publishing at UCL. I then made the transition into Marketing & audience insight, gaining invaluable experience at organisations such asContinue reading “Kemi Ogunsanwo – Literary Agent at The Good Literary Agency”

Kadija Sesay – Publications Manager at Inscribe

Kadija Sesay FRSA set up SAKS Media in the 90s to publish anthologies by Black British writers and SABLE LitMag. She is currently the Publications Manager for Inscribe, a Black British writer development programme for Peepal Tree for whom she has commissioned poetry and fiction anthologies with editors Nii Parkes, Jacob Ross and Kwame Dawes.Continue reading “Kadija Sesay – Publications Manager at Inscribe”

Nazima Abdillahi – Fiction Editor at Hachette Children’s Group

Nazima is currently part of the wonderful editorial team at Hachette Children’s and works on fiction – from adventurous middle-grade to breathtaking YA. She previously worked on children’s non-fiction and licensing at Scholastic, where she began her publishing career.  She is eager to amplify underrepresented voices and build a list that is an honest reflection ofContinue reading “Nazima Abdillahi – Fiction Editor at Hachette Children’s Group”

Andrea Henry – Editorial Director at Transworld

Andrea Henry is an editorial director at Transworld, Penguin Random House, working with authors including Jenni Murray and Viv Groskop. She has been an acquiring editor at Headline, has held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Orion, and started as an editorial assistant at Random House. For five years she was the books editor at theContinue reading “Andrea Henry – Editorial Director at Transworld”