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”
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”
I am an Editorial Assistant working at Quercus’ non-fiction imprint, Greenfinch. Prior to this, I was one of five trainees on Hachette’s year-long Fresh Chapters Scheme where I worked in editorial at Hodder’s lifestyle imprint, Yellow Kite, and across Marketing and Publicity at Orion.
Elise Dillsworth Agency was established in 2012 and is based in London. The agency represents literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, with a keen aim to reflect writing that is international.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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”
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”
I am the Publisher of Dialogue Books, an inclusive imprint at Little, Brown. I have been working with books, stories, rights and audiences for over two decades with a proven commitment to systemic change with deep and equal inclusion.
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”
I’m a fiction and non-fiction Editor of fiction and non-fiction at The Borough Press, building a list that reflects the world we live in, and publishes writers whose books start interesting and important conversations.
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”
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 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 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 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”
Layla Mohamed is an assistant editor at Cassava Republic Press. She studied Law at Oxford University, has been a panellist at Africa Writes and edited A Small Silence by Jumoke Verissimo, which was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020.
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 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”
I’m an editorial assistant for HQ Non-Fiction team as well as the assistant for the Executive Publisher of HQ – Lisa Milton. My route into publishing started when I gained a place on the HarperCollins traineeship 2019 after an extensive day of assessments. I’m passionate about storytelling in every form, I love books as wellContinue reading “Suher Sofi – Editorial Assistant at HQ (HarperCollins)”
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”
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”
I am a Literary Agent with the Authors Care Agency Ltd. I have a degree in journalism, and I am a columnist for multi award-winning Keep The Faith Magazine, where I write about the publishing industry.
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 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 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 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 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 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”
I’ve worked in children’s editorial for 15 years at Puffin, Working Partners and OUP. Last year I founded Storymix – which is a book incubator (also known as a packager). I work with up and coming writers or illustrators of colour. Together we create great book propositions that I edit and sell to publishers. CoreContinue reading “Jasmine Richards – Editorial Director at Storymix”
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”
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)”
Hannah Chukwu is an award-winning Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House UK, where she works on literary fiction and non-fiction, working with authors such as Bernardine Evaristo, Zadie Smith and Arundhati Roy. She is an editor for Five Dials magazine, and the series editor for Black Britain: Writing Back, and is looking toContinue reading “Hannah Chukwu – Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton”
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 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 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.
Adam Lowe is a writer and publisher, living in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and handles Publicity for Peepal Tree Press.