We had the good fortune of connecting with Destiny Henry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Destiny, what do you attribute your success to?
Heart and determination. I love what I do and I work hard to continue to make that happen. I think my drive and passion for editing novels reaches my cliente. Whether from word of mouth or through my social media, I exuberate warmth and passion for what I do. I’m one of the few lucky that get to do what they love for work and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a literary expansion editor. I help African American authors expand their romantic works. What sets me apart is my flexibility, assessability, and my timeline for editing. I got here mostly fumbling through and then asking for help when I needed it. Seeing what worked and what didn’t. Was it easy, no. I made some mistakes and I had to learn to adjust and adapt to grow my business and its still growing. I learned to take a step back and ask for help when needed. That not only can I not do everything but I’m not going to please everyone and that you can do everything you can and still not be enough, but then you’ll find a client who thinks everything you do is golden. I want people to know that at Alexandria Marble Editing that while we’re young (only 3 years in business) you’ll get the best experience for your story, that I will help your characters find their voices and your story the best I can.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to my favorite art spots, the lacma. I would take them to a show of their choosing at Broad. Then one night at the Griffith observatory with boba from Boba time. Tnen shopping at the Grove with a night relaxing at the Wiltern, I personally love all things rilakkuma so a quick stop at Japanla. Then the last day with books, the last bookstore, the Huntington library and of course stopping to try different foods along the way like Teabella and Mr. churro.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My business bestie and bestie in real life, Raya Allen of Petals for Jean. My publisher who keeps me accountable and working, Kameisha Hodge from Sovereign Noir Publications. My photographer, Nicole who keeps me fresh and updated.