We’ve launched a new series called “Random Staff Interrogation” in which you’ll get the low-down on who’s who in our offices. Stay tuned every Tuesday and Thursday for a new introduction, and some surprising answers!
Today I’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Kribs, who is an Executive Managing Editor. Here’s how she handled my interrogation:
1. In one sentence, how would you describe your job?
I’m a cat-herding, problem-solving traffic cop – it’s a fast-paced, fun and forward-thinking job.
2. How long have you worked at Random House, and how did you get into publishing?
I’ve worked at M&S for ten years. After graduating with a English/Sociology degree, I flipped a coin and took some publishing courses at Ryerson.
3. What does your typical workday look like?
Doing laps around the office, writing lists, checking off lists, consulting schedules, consoling authors, playing book doctor.
4. What do you like best about your job?
Bossing people around.
5. What was your very first job?
I was a bagger at a grocery store. Was pretty good, too.
6. If you could do any other job (in or out of publishing) what would it be?
A dog walker, but only on really nice days.
7. Which genre do you read the most?
I’ll admit to reading award-winning literary non-fiction the most, but really it’s apocalyptic futuristic fantasy.
8. What was your favourite childhood book or author?
9. What are you reading right now?
10. Which author would cause you to jump up and down with excitement upon finally getting to meet them?
Want to be introduced to other great employees? Be sure to check out these additional Random Staff Interrogations