How Editor Tracy Sherrod Is Amplifying Black Authors

As editorial director of Amistad Press, Sherrod wants to make sure her writers get fair deals.


Episode Notes

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks about elevating Black voices in the book publishing industry with Tracy Sherrod, editorial director of the Haper Collins imprint Amistad Press. In the interview, Tracy explains how the predominantly white publishing industry has created barriers for Black authors over the years. She also digs into the details of her work, including the process of negotiating book deals with new authors.

After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler answer an ethical question from a listener.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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