please don’t airbrush african teen fiction

You have written the story of your life. You submit the manuscript to the editor of a publishing house. Some time later you get a response. 

Please change this.
Please change that.
Please erase that passage.
Please add another paragraph there.

What would be your response? 

The Zambian writer Ellen Banda tells about this process.


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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