FIRST THINGS FIRST, CALL ME LIBBY.
I'm the features editor at Real Simple, where I oversee the magazine's reported packages and features (one of which, “Backyard Bliss,” was nominated for a 2019 National Magazine Award), essays, books coverage, and humor writing across print and digital.
I grew up in snowy Rochester, New York, and graduated from Ithaca College with majors in journalism and political science. I edited the college's award-winning student newspaper, The Ithacan, created a narrative nonfiction magazine, and was a Park Scholar.
My career in magazines began when I was selected as an ASME intern at Reader's Digest in college. Immediately after graduating, I moved to New York and worked at Inc., writing for the magazine and website and fact-checking the Inc. 500, before landing at Esquire as an editorial assistant. There, I edited the magazine's Politics Blog with Charles P. Pierce, helped coordinate online coverage of the 2012 election, and helped writers research and report major stories ranging from "The Shooter" to "A Radical New Look at Mass Shooters." One of the highest compliments I received during my time was that I was the go-to person on staff for research, statistics, and reporting. I also contributed writing to Man at his Best and Esquire.com and oversaw big projects such as the Esquire Short Short Fiction contest, the Eighty Greatest Esquire Stories of All Time e-book series, and the 2012 and 2013 Esquire Oral Histories of the Year.
After nearly three years at Esquire, I took a research editor position at Departures, American Express' luxury lifestyle magazine for its 1.5 million Platinum and Centurion cardholders. I was promoted just five months later to associate travel editor. Over three years, I expanded the scope of my role so I was editing 10 pages a month in Departures' award-winning BlackBook section, and overseeing our monthly golf and wine columns. In addition to my editing responsibilities, I also wrote multi-page packages, features, and front-of-book news items, with a focus on dining, cruises, and hotels. I created an interview column for Centurion, Departures' twice-a-year special issue exclusively for Black Card holders, in which CEOs talk about their hobbies that is now a recurring feature. Features she edited at Departures were nominated several awards, including bronze Lowell Thomas recognition for culinary travel-related.
This website contains a selection of my writing and editing clips, as well as other non-magazine work. You can contact me at Real Simple at elizabeth[dot]sile[at]realsimple.com or for non-Real Simple queries, use this form.