Malaika Adero, an independent publishing consultant, content developer and writer, is publisher of Home Slice Magazine, an online lifestyle publication and marketplace. She is the author of Up South: Stories, Studies and Letters of This Century's African American Migrations and coauthor of Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston with Dr. Lucy Hurston. She edited award-winning and bestselling books for Simon and Schuster for more than 18 years, including Miles: The Autobiography. Here, she tells the story of how she met Miles Davis and became his editor—when she was just an assistant.
My connection to an entertainment lawyer representing Miles Davis got me an exclusive opportunity to publish Miles: The Autobiography. There was no proposal, no writer attached. But Miles was ready to tell his story.