Members’ Spotlight

15 STEPS TO DOING BETTER

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”

Nicole Thomas – Publishing Trainee at Hachette

I am one of five in Hachette’s Fresh Chapters Scheme, and I’m currently working in editorial at Hodder’s lifestyle imprint, Yellow Kite. Before this role I completed an MA in English and American Literature at The University of Kent.

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”

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”

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”

Emma Paterson – Literary Agent at Aitken Alexander

Emma Paterson is a Literary Agent. She joined Aitken Alexander in 2018 after five years at Rogers, Coleridge & White. Before that, she worked at The Wylie Agency. In 2018, she was selected as a Bookseller Rising Star. She is a member of the Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee.

Sharmaine Lovegrove – Publisher at Dialogue Books

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. 

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.

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”

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”

Layla Mohamed – Assistant Editor at Cassava Republic

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.

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”

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”

Krystle Appiah – Freelance Children’s Editor

Krystle Appiah began her editorial career in children’s publishing. She interned, then secured a permanent role at Walker Books. There she worked on middle grade fiction, illustrated series as well as lead titles by Black authors. She is now a freelance editor and writer.

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”

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