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”

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”

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”

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.

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”

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”

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”

Lizz Burrell – Editorial Assistant at HarperFiction

Lizz Burrell is an Editorial Assistant at HarperFiction, working in their Crime and Thriller team. She has an MA in Publishing from UCL and loves reading genre fiction, in particular crime, romance and fantasy. She’s excited to be starting her career in editorial and is passionate about championing the work of underrepresented authors in theContinue reading “Lizz Burrell – Editorial Assistant at HarperFiction”

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”

Ruby Fatimilehin – Editorial Assistant at Hamish Hamilton, PRH

Ruby Fatimilehin is the Editorial Assistant at Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House UK. In 2021, Ruby completed the Penguin Random House UK Summer Internship in the Puffin Picture Books Editorial team. She then worked as a temporary Editorial Assistant at Vintage Classics and Catalogue and then as General Editorial Assistant at Vintage before securing herContinue reading “Ruby Fatimilehin – Editorial Assistant at Hamish Hamilton, PRH”

Annie Gnoan – Editorial Assistant at Puffin, PRH

Annie joined Puffin Picture Books at Penguin Random House as an editorial assistant in 2020. As the main point of contact for the wider editorial team, she is extremely fortunate to assist and engage with the entire breadth of the list. From helping out on the immersive world of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit toContinue reading “Annie Gnoan – Editorial Assistant at Puffin, PRH”

Feyi Oyesanya – Editorial Assistant at Headline

I have been an editorial assistant at Headline Non-fiction, since February 2021. I support the Publishing Director and two commissioning editors on a range of editorial tasks. I would like to commission celebrity memoirs, books within the pop culture space and joyful stories from under-represented voices. I have a BA in Architecture, at the UniversityContinue reading “Feyi Oyesanya – Editorial Assistant at Headline”

India Chambers – Assistant Editor at Puffin, PRH

After receiving an MA in Black British Writing and working as a bookseller at Round Table Books, India Chambers began her publishing career as an Assistant Editor at Penguin Random House, Puffin. India is particularly interested in harnessing and amplifying voices that have historically been excluded.

Rhoda Ola-Said – Editorial Assistant at SAGE Publishing

Rhoda Ola-Said is an editorial assistant at academic publishing house, SAGE Publishing. She has worked there for three years, starting off in Marketing and moving swiftly into the world of editing Social Science textbooks. She is also an avid book reviewer on Instagram with the handle @booksinote and guest writes book reviews for the BadContinue reading “Rhoda Ola-Said – Editorial Assistant at SAGE Publishing”

Aje Roberts – Assistant Editor at Quercus Books

Ajebowale Roberts is an assistant editor at Quercus Books, a publishing division of Hachette UK. Aje is part of the Quercus Fiction team and works on both commercial fiction and SFF at Jo Fletcher Books. She joined Quercus in January 2021. Aje was part of the Onyx Magazine Team ’20-’21 as Deputy Editor of Editorial. DuringContinue reading “Aje Roberts – Assistant Editor at Quercus Books”

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 – Editor at Simon & Stripes Publishing

Melissa Gitari started her publishing career at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, where she worked across their growing picture books and children’s fiction lists. She is now an editor at Stripes Publishing, and is looking to acquire warm, funny middle grade, novels in verse and lighthearted YA romance, all from underrepresented authors.