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Q&A: Figure 1 Publisher / President – Chris Labonté

Get to know our Publisher / President, Chris Labonté in our latest Q&A. Chris shapes the Figure 1 publishing program, working with authors and partners to produce books and ebooks of uncompromising quality. He has worked in the publishing industry for more than fifteen years, including eleven years with D&M Publishers.

How do you normally start your day?

Crawl out of bed determined NOT to check email immediately, feed the kids, make a protein shake, succumb to the temptation to respond to email

What adjective best describes you?

Restless. (I am an Aries, for what that’s worth.)

What are you reading at the moment?

Everybody’s Fool by one of my favourite novelists, Richard Russo.

In two sentences or less, can you tell readers something unique about your line of work?

Everything about building and growing a publishing company is unique, especially one that prides itself on producing high quality books in close partnership with a variety of amazing authors and publishing partners. Compared to other industries, book publishing is totally nuts. It makes no sense. It is a rare—and truly special—beast.

If I weren’t a publisher I’d be….

Writing novels. Or maybe working as a business consultant. Or perhaps as a psychologist. (See: Aries.)

Not many people know this, but I’m good at

Gardening. (Sexy, I know!)

What’s the question (and answer to the question) no one has ever asked you but you wish they would?       

Q: Would you please help me determine my Meyers-Briggs personality Type?

A:  Most certainly!


August 18, 2016
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