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, 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 – 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”

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”

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.

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”

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”

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”

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”

Krystle Appiah – Editor at Macmillan Children’s Books

Krystle Appiah is a children’s books editor, working on fiction, non-fiction and poetry for readers aged 6+. She began her career at Walker Books, first as an intern and later as a permanent member of the team. She now works at MCB, Pan Macmillan. Outside of her role, Krystle is a writer and part ofContinue reading “Krystle Appiah – Editor at Macmillan Children’s Books”

Carla Hutchinson – Editor at Hot Key Books & Piccadilly Press

Carla is an assistant editor at Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press, the children’s fiction imprints at Bonnier Books, and works with authors including Elizabeth Acevedo, Patrice Caldwell and Jordan Ifueko. She began her career at Hachette Children’s Group, via Creative Access, working as an editorial assistant intern. She has started to acquire her ownContinue reading “Carla Hutchinson – Editor at Hot Key Books & Piccadilly Press”

Joelle Owusu – Commissioning Editor at Coronet

I’m Joelle, a Commissioning Editor for Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton), mainly publishing nonfiction, with a focus on popular science, memoir, lifestyle and pop culture.After completing a BSc in Petroleum Geology, I left to pursue my dream career in Publishing. My career started as an Editorial/Publicity Intern and then a Commissioning Editor at Unbound. There, IContinue reading “Joelle Owusu – Commissioning Editor at Coronet”

Maxine Sibihwana – Editorial Assistant at Square Peg (PRH)

I’m Maxine and I’m the current Editorial Assistant for Square Peg, Vintage at PRH. I’m also currently undertaking a Masters in creative writing at Cambridge University and as a spoken word poet for the Roundhouse, I’ve performed my poetry at festivals such as Last Word at the Roundhouse, Hay Festival, Brainchild, Latitude Festival and TheContinue reading “Maxine Sibihwana – Editorial Assistant at Square Peg (PRH)”

Calah Singleton – Editorial Assistant at Profile Books

Calah Singleton is an Editorial Assistant at Profile Books, working in nonfiction across Profile and Souvenir Press, and fiction with Serpent’s Tail. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she graduated from Yale University in 2012 and came to London for her MSc at the LSE. She is the co-founder of Mendü, a startup focused on mental wellbeingContinue reading “Calah Singleton – Editorial Assistant at Profile Books”

Donna Greaves – Agent’s Assistant at Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Donna Greaves has been an agency assistant at Jo Unwin Literary Agency since 2017. She trained and worked as a speech and language therapist for six years, before changing careers aged thirty. She is working towards acquiring her own list of clients across fiction and non-fiction and is interested in the stories of what makesContinue reading “Donna Greaves – Agent’s Assistant at Jo Unwin Literary Agency”

Melissa Gitari – Assistant Editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

Melissa Gitari started her publishing career at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, where she is now an assistant editor, working across the growing picture books and fiction lists. She is seeking out warm, funny children’s fiction from underrepresented authors.