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BIO

 

 

Twenty-five year publishing veteran, Anita Diggs, began her career as assistant to the CEO of New American Library (Penguin). She later worked her way up the marketing ladder before moving from Senior Publicist at Time Warner Trade Publishing (Hachette/Grand Central)  where she handled the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to the editorial arena where she helped shape the careers of aspiring and experienced fiction writers.

 

 

Her extensive editorial and publicity experience became the foundation which launched her into the top echelon of the industry when she accepted the position of Senior Editor/Director of OneWorld Books (Random House) where she built a strong list of titles covering autobiography, biography, memoir, contemporary affairs pop culture and fiction.  In this position, she also managed relationships with over fifty literary agents while reviewing over 300 manuscripts and proposals per year.  She was a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at writers workshops, conferences and seminars.  

 

 After leaving Random House, Ms. Diggs joined Thunder's Mouth Press where she acquired, critiqued and edited biography, memoir and pop culture books for the independent publisher.  She also provided strategic direction to grow the List while also coming up with original ideas for books and finding the authors to write them.

 

Bestselling and award winning authors handled by Anita Diggs or published by One World include: Mark Bego, Bebe Moore Campbell, Colin Channer, Pearl Cleage, William Jelani Cobb, Johnnie Cochran, George Curry, Alan Dershowitz,Tananarive Due, Esther Iverem, Deborah Mathis, Judge Greg Mathis, Kim McLarin, Dito Montiel,Elizabeth Nunez, Felicia Pride, John Ridley, Lawrence Ross, Ilyasah Shabazz, DeWayne Wickham and Cedric "The Entertainer."

 

Ms. Diggs is also the author of three novels, all published by Kensington Books and has lectured across the country on the topics of creative writing, book development and how to get a literary agent. The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, C-Span and the New York Daily News have all interviewed her. Columbia Journalism Review placed Ms. Diggs on their "The Shapers"list. The Shapers is a list of prominent New Yorkers who shape the national media agenda. She holds a B.A. in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College in New York City.