Swoon Spotlight: Liz S.
As part of our ongoing effort to give you a glimpse behind the scenes of publishing, we are bringing you: Swoon Spotlight! This week we are featuring Liz S., a Swoon Reads staff member who has volunteered her time, energy, and enthusiasm to the imprint—while still being amazing at her regular job!
What is your official title?
Editor-in-Chief, Feiwel and Friends.
Briefly describe your job?
I acquire and edit books, picture books through YA, mostly fiction.
How long have you been in your current position?
About 8 years.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Collaboration with authors and colleagues.
What’s your least favorite part of your job?
Common misconceptions about book publishing.
That editors have all the time in the world to read and edit. I can only read and edit at home in my “free” time; during the work day there are so many other things to take care of to help keep our imprint running smoothly. I can’t remember the last “adult” book I read for myself! (But I have a stack of them waiting for some eventual me-time.)
How did you get into publishing?
I worked in bookstores, then moved to NYC and pounded the pavement to get an editorial job.
What did you study in school?
Do you use your degree in your current job?
Yes, thank goodness.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Gas station attendant.
Funniest way you’ve heard a friend or family member describe your job?
“Children’s books — your job must be really easy.”
If you could have any other job in book publishing for one day, what would it be?
Book buyer for a influential bookstore — I’d love to be involved in finding the new “it” book of the season.
What made you want to be involved with Swoon Reads?
I love romance! I love start-ups!
What do you like most about working with books for young adults?
Great stories, characters, voices.
What’s your favorite genre of romance?
Realistic (as opposed to fantasy).
What’s the first romance you ever read?
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton — there is a boy/girl friendship/romance, but also love between friends and brothers. So powerful when I was a teen.
What does your desk look like on any given day?
You don’t want to know.
What’s a book you wish you’d worked on?
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Stop worrying so much!