Overall Book Doctoring

Literary Scouting

Agent Negotiation

Manuscript Evaluation

​Senior Editor
Beacon Press, 2015 - present

Freelance Editor & Writer, 2009 - 2015

Kensington Books, 2007 - 2009

Fellowship Panelist
Bronx Writers’ Center, 2007

Assistant Editor
Viking Penguin, 2005 - 2007

Editorial Assistant
Viking Penguin, 2003 - 2005

Editorial Assistant
HarperCollins, 2002 - 2003



Proposal Writing/Editing

Developmental Editing
Line Editing


Rakia is an editor, contributing writer, communications specialist, researcher, writing coach and all-around publishing geek, having previously served in editorial posts at HarperCollins, Viking Penguin, and Kensington. Currently, she is a senior editor at Boston-based Beacon Press, though she works remotely from New York .

Since beginning her career in 2002, Rakia has worked with many national bestselling authors, including novelists Sue Monk Kidd and Jan Karon; NBC News' Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell; former Bush political advisor Karen Hughes; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills; and WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, among others.

Rakia has served as a content writer at The College Board and an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York. Her weekly, spring semester course was “Introduction to Publishing.” Additionally, for three years she tutored Writing, English and SAT Prep at Upward Bound, an after-school program for disadvantaged teens.

Rakia is a graduate of Haverford College and the Columbia Publishing Course, where she was an AOL Time Warner Scholar. Her blog almost always needs updating.