Nicole Counts

Lance Cleland

Nicole Counts (she/her) is an Editor & Publishing Manager at One World, an imprint of Random House, where she works with Fatimah Asghar, Morgan Parker, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Donovan X. Ramsey, Brittany Packnett, Danielle Geller, Gabi Burnham, among others. She started her career in marketing and publicity at PublicAffairs and Bold Type Books (formerly Nation Books). She is a freelance writer, as well as a facilitator and mentor with Girls Write Now, a mentor with Representation Matters Mentorship Program, and a member of POC in publishing. A Jersey native and Philly lover, she lives in Brooklyn.

She acquires poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. For poetry, she am attracted to narrative poetry, where the individual poems, and overall collection, are telling a story, or are all centered around a specific theme. Recently, she has acquired Safia Elhillo and Yanyi’s newest collections. For fiction she loves realistic fiction, often with a strong sense of place, and a character/s that are openly asking questions, or trying to find answers to life’s big questions (Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a good example and Maurice Carlos Ruffins latest work, which centers around the folks of NOLA). For nonfiction she loves memoir, or idea driven books. She’s just acquired Camognhe Felix’s work on the need for poetic value when drafting policies, or Danielle Geller’s memoir of combining narrative and archive to retrace her mothers life, and ultimately choosing her sister.