Career Spotlight: Managing Editor

Lizette Ruiz

Position & Title:

Managing Editor



City & State

El Paso, TX


What are some of your job responsibilities?

My responsibilities include working with the editorial staff, which is made up of the Fiction Editor, Poetry Editors, and Spanish Editor. I am in charge of submission management, such as reading and evaluating submissions, and ensuring rejections and query responses are sent; copy-editing, proofreading, fact-checking, checking corrections, and preparing manuscripts for layout. I am also responsible for planing and executing a release date for the magazine’s publication. I work closely with the Executive Director and meet with him on a weekly basis to discuss any up coming events and updates.

What is your educational background? Describe your college experience and how it helped you prepare for your career.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso in December of 2013. Soon after, in the summer of 2014, I decided to pursue my Masters degree and graduated in the Fall of 2015 from Purdue University with a Master of Science in Communication. My degree in Creative Writing really allowed me to hone my writing skills. Writing has always been my passion, and being surrounded by writers who shared my love for writing and literature was amazing! I felt very inspired and empowered. It was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life because I was following my heart and studying what I love. My degree in Communication has allowed me to take my writing skills to another level. It has also allowed me to understand the Public Relations and Marketing aspect of any organization and how to communicate strategically. Since BorderSenses is a non-profit organization, I can apply the skills that I have learned during college and still continue to do what I love.

How did you find your current job?

I came across this position on Indeed, which is a website that lists employment openings.

What did you do to prepare for this career?

I made sure that I really understood the commitment and responsibilities that this position entails. I went over the responsibilities I would be in charge of and set a schedule for myself on when to work on certain things.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love the fact that I get to work with the writing community and writers here in El Paso and all over the world! We receive submissions from other countries and I always find that very exciting. I also love the fact that by working for BorderSenses, I am supporting local writers and artists. Also,the staff and members of BorderSenses are amazing, talented people and I feel honored by being able to collaborate with them and work with them. Most importantly, my favorite part of the job is being able to read the submissions. I love reading and this position gives me the opportunity to be able and discover new and amazing pieces.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Declining pieces is the most challenging part for me. I dislike having to say no to a piece.

What advice would you give to help a girl prepare for a job like yours?

Follow your heart and go to college! Attending college has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It really helped my find myself and follow my dreams. Graduating from college also allowed me to gain a sense of agency over my life, which I love. In the end, I decided to do what I wanted to do and I am glad that I did.

What do you do for fun when you aren’t working?

I love to work on my own writing, read and try new things. I also love to travel. Plus, I always enjoy my time off and make the best of it.

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