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Navigating an All-White Publishing Industry

October 29, 2015

By Ebony LaDelle, marketing manager at Simon & Schuster

At this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite authors, Edwidge Danticat. When she found out I worked in publishing, she looked at me and said, “So you’re like a unicorn.” “I’m sorry?” I replied, star struck. “You’re one of the few black people who actually work in publishing,” she said, “You’re a unicorn.”

Growing up in the Midwest, I was fortunate...

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