Christine Pride

Christine Pride - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

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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 Pride 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 Pride 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


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

Work experience

Editorial Consultant/Author

Self-employed
November, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

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

Senior Editor

Simon and Schuster
June, 2016 – November, 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)

Senior Editor

Hyperion Books (a division of ABC/Disney)
November, 2009 – November, 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

Editorial Assistant --> Editor

Random House (Doubleday, Broadway, and Crown imprints)
April, 2003 – November, 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 (6 selected works)

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

Tembi Locke

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 unexpected grace in her darkest hour.It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was ... 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 unexpected grace in her darkest hour.It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was ... read more

No One Tells You This: A Memoir

Glynnis MacNicol

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 with marriage or a child, what then? This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her fortieth birthday. Despite a successful caree... 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 with marriage or a child, what then? This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her fortieth birthday. Despite a successful caree... read more

Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win

Jo Piazza

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 important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Reeling from a presidential ele... 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 important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Reeling from a presidential ele... read more

Dear World: A Syrian Girl's Story of War and Plea for Peace

Bana Alabed

“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, October 6, 2016 “I just want to live without fear.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 12, 2016When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter t... 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, October 6, 2016 “I just want to live without fear.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 12, 2016When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter t... read more

The Naked Truth: A Memoir

Leslie Morgan

“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’” —Kirkus Reviews Leslie Morgan, bestselling author of Crazy Love and Mommy Wars, was a mom turning fifty, reeling from divorce and determi... 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’” —Kirkus Reviews Leslie Morgan, bestselling author of Crazy Love and Mommy Wars, was a mom turning fifty, reeling from divorce and determi... read more

On Being 40(ish)

“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 know and love—from the pages of the New Yorker, New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, and The Atlantic—offer captivating, intimate, and candid... read more

“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 know and love—from the pages of the New Yorker, New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, and The Atlantic—offer captivating, intimate, and candid... read more

Christine has 5 reviews

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Leslie Cadet
I really enjoyed working with Christine. She gave me invaluable feedback that will help take my book to the next level. Looking forward to working with her on my next revision.

Leslie Cadet, May 2020


Clinton Wessinger
Christine was wonderful to work with. Super fast and extremely insightful, she helped me cut through issues in my work to get to the actual meat of the story. I appreciate her collaborative approach to editing, which felt more like co-authoring than top-down editing through annotation. Definitely worth your time.

Clinton Wessinger, May 2020


Jessica Diedrich
My experience will Christine was extremely helpful. She pinpointed several places where I could tighten my narrative and where I could improve the character development of my main character. What I found most helpful, however, was the discussion we had about why I was getting requests for my manuscript but wasn't sealing the deal with an agent. Christine's extensive experience in the publishin...
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Jessica Diedrich, February 2020


Yoojin Na
Christine gave me valuable feedback with quick turn around.

Yoojin Na, February 2020


Samantha Westerlund
Christine was very helpful in the editing of my personal essay! I found her to be incredibly knowledgeable, professional and personable. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for developmental editing in non-fiction.

Samantha Westerlund, December 2019

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