Margaret Kingsbury recently moved down to Austin from New York City in search of a new adventure. While in New York she worked for the Simon & Schuster imprint of Simon & Schuster for three years, working mostly on nonfiction titles. She has worked with authors such as Walter Isaacson, David McCullough, A.J. Jacobs, Jonathan Alter and David Eisenhower.
Margaret has always been an avid reader, but she really fell in love with the publishing industry while working at a small indie bookshop just outside of Milwaukee, called Books & Company. At the bookstore, she learned about the day-to-day operations from the ground-up, while making recommendations, discussing the latest bestsellers and trying her hand at book events.
At the same time—shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison—she began working as the Assistant Producer at Milwaukee Public Radio’s Lake Effect program. Although her main duty was managing all of the program’s bookings for a staff of five, she still managed to meet numerous authors and even sneak in a few interviews of her own. The position required resourcefulness and responsibility, and exposed her to a wide range of tasks involved at a radio station—from on-air fund drive pitching to supervising the program’s regular contributors.
Prior to that, she interned at Fitness Magazine, Boston Magazine and the Boston Metro. Although she has lived in many places—St. Louis, Portland, Boston, New York and Madison—her favorite was Florence, where she spent a semester studying fashion and eating gelato.