I’m Liz Agresta, a publishing professional based in Somerville, Massachusetts. In 2011, I earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a concentration in Victorian literature from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and in 2016, I completed a master’s degree in publishing and writing with a concentration in book publishing from Emerson College in Boston. During my time at Emerson, I undertook coursework in book sales and marketing, children’s publishing, digital publishing, and management in publishing, among other topics. I was previously a design intern at Barefoot Books and an editorial intern at Nicholas Brealey Publishing. I currently work at the MIT Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a manuscript workflow assistant (but I always tell people I’m an editorial assistant because it’s basically true and it’s definitely easier than having to explain what a “manuscript workflow assistant” does).
When I’m not working, I have way too many hobbies for my own good. In the last year or so, I’ve gotten into various needle arts—knitting, cross-stitch, sewing—which sort of explains why I haven’t had a ton of time to read lately (although, ironically, I think a lot of people in publishing don’t have the time or energy to read outside of work!). I like building things (please pay me to put together your Ikea furniture!!!) but unfortunately I’ve had to put a moratorium on buying more Lego sets because I have literally no more surfaces for them to sit on. I love trying new bars and restaurants, and I like to visit new places—but, being a nervous flyer, I hate the process of getting there. Still, I visited London for the first time in 2017 and I’d really like to hit a couple of other places in Europe (France, in particular, so I can prove that the seven years I studied French were worth the time) and maybe get back to South Korea (where I taught English from 2012–2013) one of these days.
I am a media addict, although despite the fact that I work in publishing, I feel like I never have time to read anymore. (Hence the state of my languishing book blog.) Probably because I’ve been too busy enjoying the golden age of television we seem to be living in these days (as you can see from the many posts on this blog to that effect); Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Game of Thrones, and Outlander are a few of my favorite TV shows. My real passion is for seeing concerts and live theatre, though, and I’ve got a handful of things planned for 2018 so far: The Killers, in Boston in January and Las Vegas in February (thank you, frequent flyer miles!); Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet performed by the Boston Ballet in March; Lorde and Franz Ferdinand in April; the Kooks in May; and a host of performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society because I have subscriptions for both of them this season.