Christine Pride

Christine Pride – Editor

15+ year ("Big Five") publishing veteran with broad editorial experience and a strong track record of success (and happy clients!)

Overview

For the last fifteen years, I’ve had the privilege of discovering and publishing incredible books and being able to work with amazing writers to develop their craft and deliver their stories to the world. I’ve been an in-house editor at various Big Five imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Hyperion, and, most recently, as a Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster. I’ve also worked independently, contracting with publishers, agents and writers for editorial work, content development and ghostwriting. And, I’m starting a new journey on the “other side,” having sold two novels of my own (written with my amazing friend and writing partner, Jo Piazza.) The first, We Are Not Like Them, will be published by HarperCollins/Morrow in Spring 2021.

Throughout my publishing career, I’ve worked on a diverse range of projects across many categories, including many New York Times bestsellers. The through line to all of my work is a commitment to champion accomplished story-telling, distinctive voices, and narratives that drive discussion and offer emotional resonance and inspiration.

Stories can change hearts, minds— and the world. Hokey, but true and I’m committed to delivering (and helping others deliver) those sorts of stories to readers who are eager for them. Perhaps I can help you?

TESTIMONIALS:

“I’ve worked with the incredible Christine on many projects over the years, across genres, and have consistently found her to be one of the most skilled editors in the publishing business.
Her editorial work is precise, thorough, and unusually thoughtful and considered.
My clients adore working with her and call her the author whisperer. Christine is the gold standard.” --Brettne Bloom, Agent, The Book Group

"Christine is the ideal editor. She’s brilliant, honest and kind, and instead of focusing solely on what doesn’t work in your book finds what does; she encourages a writer to explore the good, and enlarge on it, because she knows that eventually the good will overtake and overwhelm what’s not. I’ve worked with her on two novels, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and Extraordinary Adventures, and I know they wouldn’t have become the books they are without her. Christine is magic.” --Daniel Wallace, author

"When Christine started her publishing career here at Doubleday all of those years ago, I knew she had a bright future and that prediction has been borne out. Christine has all of the qualities that make for an outstanding editor—an innate feel for storytelling and narrative, a keen and curious mind, and an exuberant work ethic.
It's no surprise why she has such a stellar reputation throughout our industry
and that she's so respected by colleagues and agents and writers." --Bill Thomas, Editor in Chief, Doubleday


Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Inspirational
Fiction
Literary Fiction Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Nov, 2018 — Present

Freelance editorial services.
Under 2-book contract at William Morrow/Harper Collins.

Simon and Schuster

Jun, 2016 — Nov, 2018 (over 2 years)

+ Acquired and edited approx. 15 titles per year—memoir, fiction and narrative non-fiction.
+Select titles: No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza, Dear World by Bana Alabed, On Being 40ish by Lindsey Mead, Marriage Vacation (a Younger TV tie-in), From Scatch by Tembi Locke (New York Times bestseller)

Hyperion Books (a division of ABC/Disney)

Nov, 2009 — Nov, 2013 (about 4 years)

+Acquired and edited approx 15 titles per year—memoir, fiction and narrative non-fiction.
+Select titles: Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson (New York Times bestseller), Confessions of a Latter Day Virgin by Nicole Hardy, Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff
+Worked with ABC and Disney corporate partners to develop franchise and cross platform content

Random House (Doubleday, Broadway, and Crown imprints)

Apr, 2003 — Nov, 2009 (over 6 years)

+ Started as an Editorial Assistant to Bill Thomas at Doubleday; rose to Editor at the Crown Group.
+ Published literary and commercial fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction.
+ Select titles: A Reason To Believe by Deval Patrick (New York Times bestseller), Tell Me Where it Hurts by Nick Trout (New York Times bestseller), Yoga Bitch by Suzanne Morrison, I Knew You'd Be Lovely by Alethea Black

Portfolio

“Like a pep talk from your big sister, favorite cousin and wise best friend. These 15 smart, funny women expertly capture what it's like to get older... A must read for anyone 40ish or beyond.” —Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo Fifteen powerful women and writers you ... read more
“A formidable, addictive storyteller, Morgan provides a highly stimulating story of a midlife education in the messiness of modern sex and love. A steamy, liberating tale of self-exploration and self-love that encourages readers to ‘revel in your sexuality’” —... read more
“A story of love and courage amid brutality and terror, this is the testimony of a child who has endured the unthinkable.” —J.K. Rowling “I’m very afraid I will die tonight.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 2, 2016 “Stop killing us.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, Octo... read more
From bestselling author Jo Piazza comes one of People’s “Best Summer Books,” a “comically accurate” (New York Post) novel about what happens when a woman wants it all—political power, marriage, and happiness.Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most im... read more
Featured in multiple “must-read” lists, No One Tells You This is “sharp, intimate…A funny, frank, and fearless memoir…and a refreshing view of the possibilities—and pitfalls—personal freedom can offer modern women” (Kirkus Reviews).If the story doesn’t end wit... read more
A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and une... read more

Christine has 18 reviews

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Chi Rainer B.

Chi Rainer B.

Apr, 2023

Christine was super helpful. She was attentive, honest, specific, constructive. Money well spent -- her feedback finally pushed me and my co-author to make the changes we knew we needed to make. The book is better because of it. Thank you, Christine.
Erin P.

Erin P.

Jan, 2023

I hired Christine for an editorial assessment, and I can’t recommend her enough - her feedback was prompt, thorough, constructive, and encouraging. I went into our meeting feeling a bit lost and unsure what to do with my book going forward, and came out feeling re-energized and excited to get back to work, with a clear direction on what I needed to do next. Would hire her a thousand times over....
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Kamaria C.

Kamaria C.

Dec, 2022

Christine provided excellent guidance to me on an early draft of my fiction manuscript. I appreciate her thoughtful analysis of my story and plan to implement the changes that she recommended.
Funto O.

Funto O.

Nov, 2022

Christine's manuscript assessment of my book was invaluable for a first-time author like me. She provided concise feedback and big picture suggestions that helped me strengthen my plot and characters for a tighter, better novel. Would definitely work with her again!
Laurie S.

Laurie S.

Nov, 2022

Christine was a pleasure to work with--knowledgable, professional, and courteous. I highly recommend her services.

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