"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
"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
"Rakia is a pleasure to work with, giving me freedom to create productively and giving me strict deadlines to meet to keep us on schedule. She is smart, capable and personable. I highly recommend her. What is also significant is that the biography of Miss Brooks was Rakia's idea. She recognized that such a testament ought to be available on the 100th anniversary of Miss Brooks's birth. Rakia is a visionary editor."
- Angela Jackson, author of A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks
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