Anita Diggs-Thomas

Anita Diggs-Thomas – Editor

African American Fiction, Biography, Crime, Inspirational, Memoir, Mystery, Self -Help, Self-Improvement, Women's Fiction.

Overview


Lawrence Ross

"Anita was a great editor and did a wonderful job on my book, Money Shot. I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again."


Felicia Pride

"I had the pleasure of working with Anita on my book The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs. A superb editor with a keen eye, Anita helped me to make The Message a book that I will forever be proud of."



Writers who work with me get the benefit of my broad array of skills which are underscored by my experience in book editing, publishing and marketing. Writers who work with me are given the insight that gained while working as a Developmental Editor at New York City's major publishing Houses. They have at their service someone who understands the expectations of editors and agents, including the specifics of what will get or lose the interests of those in such important positions.


Writers who work with me love hearing the insights that I gained while serving as Senior Editor and Director of One World Books at Ballantine. I know every aspect of what's required to take a project from conception to completion and out into the marketplace. I will save you a lot of time by sharing my invaluable knowledge of publishing "Dos" and "Don'ts" whether you have been previously published or working on your first book. Anyone working with me will always get my best, most honest assessment at each stage of the project.


Writers who work with me have fun. I will listen to you and your ideas. I never miss a deadline and I love books. I love the process of reading them and creating them. I'm often told that I spend too much money on books. I try to cut back and catch up on movies and television. Each time, an interesting book comes out that I simply have to own.


What else do I love? I enjoy tea, chocolate and a good steak.

Services
Fiction
African American Fiction Mystery & Crime Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Inspirational Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jun, 2010 — Present

I've worked on memoir, self help, fiction, memoir and current events.

Ballantine/Random House

Aug, 2000 — Sep, 2004 (about 4 years)

*Reviewed 15-40 manuscripts each month
*Acquired and edited fiction and nonfiction
*Active throughout the entire publishing process from the book's initial acquisition to the marketing vital to ensuring strong sales.

Avalon Publishing/Thunder's Mouth Press

Aug, 2000 — Dec, 2004 (over 4 years)

*Acquired and edited biography, memoir, pop culture and science books for independent publisher.

*Coordinated with design, production, marketing and sales departments to launch new books to the distributors, wholesalers and book stores.

Various

Jan, 1991 — Present

I am the author of several books:

FICTION
A Mighty Love ( Kensington/Dafina) Fiction 2003
A Meeting in the Ladies Room (Kensington/Dafina} Fiction 2004
The Other Side of the Game (Kensington/Dafina) Fiction 2005

NONFICTION
The African-American Resource Guide Non-Fic (Three Rivers Press)1994
Staying Married: A Guide For African Americans(Kensington) Non-Fic 1998
Barrier Breaking Resumes (Three Rivers Press) Non-Fic 1999
Talking Drums: An African American Quote Collection (St, Martins Press) Non-Fic 2004

Portfolio

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Editorial Assessment
Blackgammon

Neff, Heather

One World/Ballantine

Developmental Editing
Editorial Assessment
Satisfy My Soul

Channer, Colin

One World

Developmental Editing
Wisdom

Neff, Heather

One World/Ballantine

Developmental Editing
Someone to Catch My Drift

Powell, Jacqueline

Warner Books

Developmental Editing Book Coaching
In the Arms of One Who Loves Me

Jacqueline Jones LaMon

One World/Ballantine

Developmental Editing
Blame It on Eve

Philana Marie Boles

One World/Ballantine Books

Developmental Editing
Growing Up X

Shabazz, Ilyasah

Developmental Editing Book Coaching
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
Developmental Editing Book Coaching
Developmental Editing
A Man Finds His Way

Johnson III, Freddie Lee

Developmental Editing Book Coaching
Discretion

Nunez, Elizabeth

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing Book Coaching
Bittersweet

Johnson III, Freddie Lee

Developmental Editing Book Coaching
Other Men's Wives (Hardcover)

Freddie Lee Johnson III

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Grace

Nunez, Elizabeth

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching

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