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The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe
"From the conceptualizing stage until my book was between two covers, Rakia Clark was a professional, conscientious and dedicated editor. She took the work seriously, balanced the often-difficult space between the needs of the writer and the business of the house and by my mind there was only one way to make that possible: by really caring. We all want to feel like our work matters and Rakia gave my book the kind of attention every writer craves. It sounds basic, but trust me, it is not."
- Howard Bryant, author of The Heritage: Black Players, a Divided America and the Politics of Patriotism
"Rakia is ... everything. I would not have my book without her. She is brilliant, skilled, supportive, compassionate, and the biggest cheerleader. She really helped me get over the finish line and I never doubted that she cared about not only my book, but me as a human being. I hope to work with her again and again and again."
- Feminista Jones, author of Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets
"Over the last 20 years of my writing career I’ve had a lot of editors. But Rakia is the first that I’ve ever remained in close and consistent conversation with throughout the editorial process, from start to post-publication. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that she picked up the phone almost 100 percent of the time. We argued and debated a lot, and we laughed just as much. She listened and had a great ear for phrasing, tone, and pacing. She empathized, cajoled and did whatever it took to make my work better. But she never imposed her will on me or tried to stifle my voice. Readers around the world are grateful because of her editorial pruning. And so are legions of children living and yet to be born."
- Stacey Patton, author of Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won't Save Black America