Alaina Leary is a Boston-based “Swiss army knife” of publishing and media skills. She’s an award-winning editor, social media manager, marketer, and publicist.

Her goal as a publishing professional is to amplify marginalized voices across all aspects of the industry. She was awarded a 2017 Bookbuilders of Boston scholarship for her commitment to this work, and has been a panelist and organizer of several events surrounding this topic, including Emerson College’s 2017 Teach-In and Bookbuilders of Boston’s panel “How Can We Make Publishing More Inclusive?”

She is currently a social media editor and internship grants program associate for We Need Diverse Books. Some of her current and former clients include Equally Wed, Spoon University, Rooted in Rights, Healthline, Greatist, Everyday Feminism, The Food Network, Bustle, Samsonite, American Tourister, Bust, Grateful & Co., Her Campus, Rue La La, Conscious Culture Publishing, Charlesbridge Publishing, Habitat for Humanity, Dance Studio Life, and Luna Luna Magazine. She is also an authenticity reader, and you can contact her to have work up to full-length book manuscripts read.

Her work has been consistently featured in Top 10 best national lists, and HelloGiggles named her essay as one of their staff favorites. Her social media and content campaigns have gone viral within hours. Her essay “My Dad Taught Me How to Shave My Legs” was featured on Cosmopolitan’s Snapchat in July 2016.

Her work has been published in New York Times, Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Boston Globe Magazine, The Week, Seventeen, HuffPost, Healthline, Quartz, Marie Claire, Vice, Chicago Tribune, The Rumpus, Narratively, Allure, Racked, Bustle, TalkPoverty, The Establishment, Everyday Feminism, HelloGiggles, Bust, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s DayBrooklyn Magazine, Ravishly, YourTango, Culture: the word on cheese, Rooted in Rights, and more.

She represented We Need Diverse Books at BookCon 2018, 2017, and 2016, live-tweeting the nonprofit’s panels and participating in its diversity meet ups. She also regularly serves as a judge for We Need Diverse Books short story contests and Bookseller of the Year Awards.

Alaina has a BA in professional writing from Westfield State University, where she was honored as a 2016 notable alumni, a Celeste and John Loughman fellow, and a Commonwealth honors scholar, and an MA in publishing from Emerson College, where she was recognized as a Dean’s fellow and Bookbuilders of Boston fellow.

She lives with her soon-to-be-wife and their book-loving cats, Blue and Gansey. She’s a creative and activism-fueled combination of an ENFP, a Pisces, and a Gryffindor.


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