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Patrick Price

Patrick Price - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Hands-on, empathetic editor specializing in narrative nonfiction, self help, and Young Adult fiction. Formerly of Simon and Schuster.

Overview

I know how to steer big ideas into even bigger books.

I'm a hands-on book editor, a writer, and a self-professed pop culture junkie with a unique combination of significant New York trade publishing experience.

My sensibility is eclectic and unabashedly commercial, including Young Adult fiction and Adult prescriptive and narrative nonfiction in the categories of celebrity memoir, relationships, modern parenting, lifestyle, self-help, humor. . . and whatever I find refreshingly irresistible.

At Simon & Schuster's pop culture imprint, Simon Spotlight Entertainment (SSE) turned Gallery Books, I acquired and edited such bestselling titles as the phenomenon HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, Tori Spelling's tell-all memoir STORI TELLING (and all four of her subsequent bestsellers), perennial "new mommy" favorite, SIPPY CUPS ARE NOT FOR CHARDONNAY by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, and fashion guru Tim Gunn's GUNN'S GOLDEN RULES. Most recently, I was Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster's YA imprint Simon Pulse, working with such notable authors as Sarah Ockler, Lauren Barnholdt, Tom Leveen, Terra Elan McVoy, S. E. Green, and Ann Stampler.

My unique background and skill set--I've worked for major publishers, a leading literary agency, and been thrice published (a publishing "renaissance man")--offer insightful and empathetic guidance from developed concept to demystified publication. Whether working with a first-time author or a seasoned pro, I give each project my thoughtful, undivided attention.

Authors have described my editorial style as "a writer's dream," "uncannily perceptive," "at once calming and inspiring," "contagious enthusiasm," and a "razor-sharp scalpel of just what readers want to read."

Successful publishing takes a mix of market knowledge, honed instinct, nurtured relationships, and the confidence to fight for and see through one's vision. It's not always easy. But it's what I do--and deeply enjoy.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Parenting & Families Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships

Certifications

  • B.A.--English, The College of William and Mary
  • NYU School of Professional Studies, The Summer Publishing Institute

Work experience

Independent Editor, Writer, Publishing Consultant

Self-Employed

October, 2014 – Present (about 2 years)

Provide contract-based line and developmental editing to best develop "voice," clarity, and narrative flow for a wide range of nonfiction and fiction projects--including an upcoming Middle Grade novel sold to Little, Brown as part of James Patterson's co-written BookShots line.

Collaborate with literary packager NYLA Entertainment as Head Editor/"Book Doctor" on a variety of Young Adult properties on submission.

Editorial Director

Simon & Schuster / Simon Pulse

December, 2012 – September, 2014 (almost 2 years)

Oversaw editorial direction of Young Adult publishing imprint with an average of 85 original and reprint titles/year, including acquisitions, scheduling editorial calendar, and weekly team meetings.

Responsible for negotiating the purchase of manuscripts with agents, consulting with authors on market, content, style and format, and writing and reviewing copy for sales and marketing materials, including book jackets, digital catalogs, SEO metadata, advertising, and title information sheets.

As project manager, partnered with Design, Marketing, Publicity, and Sales teams to develop and execute custom content and campaigns. Established and coordinated the editorial, production, and publication schedules and tracked through all stages until completion.

Pitched and creatively developed original intellectual properties (IP).

Represented Simon Pulse at major publishing trade shows and conferences.

Senior Editor / Editorial Consultant

Simon & Schuster / Simon Spotlight Entertainment (SSE) and Gallery Books

September, 2003 – November, 2012 (about 9 years)

Acquired, developed, and championed 95+ projects from negotiation through publication for entertainment and pop culture imprint, including #1 New York Times bestsellers.

Launched start-up imprint with acquisition of HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, the publishing phenomenon that spent 57 weeks on New York Times Best Sellers list (8 weeks at #1), was translated into more than 30 languages, and spawned a lucrative franchise.

Editorial expertise in a wide range of categories: celebrity memoir, relationships, modern parenting, health, humor, self-help, narrative nonfiction, media tie-in, and commercial fiction.

Proven ease working with celebrities, including Tori Spelling, Tim Gunn, Lance Bass, Star Jones, Johnny Weir, La Toya Jackson, Kristen Johnston, and a couple “Real Housewives”.

Orchestrated Tori Spelling’s unprecedented publishing success, including multi-month New York Times bestsellers STORI TELLING and MOMMYWOOD, UNCHARTED TERRITORI, SPELLING IT LIKE IT IS, and her 4-color party planning guide, CELEBRATORI.

Assistant to Senior Literary Agent

International Creative Management (ICM)

November, 1998 – November, 2003 (almost 5 years)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

sTORI Telling

Tori Spelling

She was television's most famous virgin -- and, as Aaron Spelling's daughter, arguably its most famous case of nepotism. Portraying Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, Tori Spelling became one of the most recognizable young actresses of her generation, with a not-so-private personal life every bit as fascinating as her character's exploits. Yet years later the name Tori Spelling too often cl... read more

She was television's most famous virgin -- and, as Aaron Spelling's daughter, arguably its most famous case of nepotism. Portraying Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, Tori Spelling became one of the most recognizable young actresses of her generation, with a not-so-private personal life every bit as fascinating as her character's exploits. Yet years later the name Tori Spelling too often cl... read more

He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo

He’s Just Not That Into You—based on a popular episode of Sex and the City—is tough love advice for otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn’t like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship. It’s the best relationship advice you’ll ever receive.For ages, women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to a... read more

He’s Just Not That Into You—based on a popular episode of Sex and the City—is tough love advice for otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn’t like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship. It’s the best relationship advice you’ll ever receive.For ages, women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to a... read more

Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work

Tim Gunn, Ada Calhoun

On the runway of life, Tim Gunn is the perfect life coach. You’ve watched him mentor talented designers on the hit television show Project Runway. Now the inimitable Tim Gunn shares his personal secrets for “making it work”—in your career, relationships, and life. Filled with delightfully dishy stories of fashion’s greatest divas, behind-the-scenes glimpses of Runway’s biggest drama queens, an... read more

On the runway of life, Tim Gunn is the perfect life coach. You’ve watched him mentor talented designers on the hit television show Project Runway. Now the inimitable Tim Gunn shares his personal secrets for “making it work”—in your career, relationships, and life. Filled with delightfully dishy stories of fashion’s greatest divas, behind-the-scenes glimpses of Runway’s biggest drama queens, an... read more

Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

The moment the second line on the pee stick turns pink, women discover they've entered a world of parenting experts. Friends, family, colleagues, the UPS delivery guy -- suddenly everybody is a trove of advice, much of it contradictory and confusing. With dire warnings of what will happen if baby is fed on demand and even direr warnings of what will happen if he isn't, not to mention hordes of... read more

The moment the second line on the pee stick turns pink, women discover they've entered a world of parenting experts. Friends, family, colleagues, the UPS delivery guy -- suddenly everybody is a trove of advice, much of it contradictory and confusing. With dire warnings of what will happen if baby is fed on demand and even direr warnings of what will happen if he isn't, not to mention hordes of... read more

Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Motherhood -- it's not for wimps. Once the zigzagging hormones and endless, bleary-eyed exhaustion of the first year have worn off, you're left with the startling realization that your tiny, immobile bundle has become a rampaging toddler, complete with his or her very own, very forceful personality. Just as Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay helped debunk decades of parenting myths to offer hon... read more

Motherhood -- it's not for wimps. Once the zigzagging hormones and endless, bleary-eyed exhaustion of the first year have worn off, you're left with the startling realization that your tiny, immobile bundle has become a rampaging toddler, complete with his or her very own, very forceful personality. Just as Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay helped debunk decades of parenting myths to offer hon... read more

Mommywood

Tori Spelling

If you thought Tinseltown was tough... Tori Spelling might have grown up with everything a girl could wish for, but these days she's just another suburban working mom...whose toddler regularly recognizes her in the pages of Us Weekly. Welcome to Mommywood, where the stars are two feet tall and your neighbors know who you are before you move in. Like most parents, Tori wants her children to hav... read more

If you thought Tinseltown was tough... Tori Spelling might have grown up with everything a girl could wish for, but these days she's just another suburban working mom...whose toddler regularly recognizes her in the pages of Us Weekly. Welcome to Mommywood, where the stars are two feet tall and your neighbors know who you are before you move in. Like most parents, Tori wants her children to hav... read more

Deal Breakers: When to Work On a Relationship and When to Walk Away

Bethany Marshall

This is a book about men. Not all men, just emotionally unhealthy men. The ones who make you question, "Is it him or is it me? Am I making too big a deal out of this? I try to tell him how I feel, but he says I'm overreacting or needy or it's all my fault." Relationships are hard work, but how hard should they be? When do you know you are struggling too hard to make a relationship succeed? Dea... read more

This is a book about men. Not all men, just emotionally unhealthy men. The ones who make you question, "Is it him or is it me? Am I making too big a deal out of this? I try to tell him how I feel, but he says I'm overreacting or needy or it's all my fault." Relationships are hard work, but how hard should they be? When do you know you are struggling too hard to make a relationship succeed? Dea... read more

Out of Sync: A Memoir

Lance Bass

At sixteen, Lance Bass received a phone call from Justin Timberlake that would change his life forever. Soon after, he left his small-town home in Clinton, Mississippi, to join an emerging musical group called *NSYNC. Two years later *NSYNC was inspiring Beatles-esque mania around the world, becoming the face of the new MTV generation, and earning the all-time record for most album sales in a ... read more

At sixteen, Lance Bass received a phone call from Justin Timberlake that would change his life forever. Soon after, he left his small-town home in Clinton, Mississippi, to join an emerging musical group called *NSYNC. Two years later *NSYNC was inspiring Beatles-esque mania around the world, becoming the face of the new MTV generation, and earning the all-time record for most album sales in a ... read more

I Hate Other People's Kids

Adrianne Frost

Sure, children are the greatest gift of all -- but that doesn't mean you want to be seated next to one on an airplane. From the dawn of time, other people's kids have found ways to spoil things for the rest of us. Movie theaters, parks, restaurants -- every venue that should be a place of refuge and relaxation has instead become a freewheeling playground complete with shrieks, wails, and ill-t... read more

Sure, children are the greatest gift of all -- but that doesn't mean you want to be seated next to one on an airplane. From the dawn of time, other people's kids have found ways to spoil things for the rest of us. Movie theaters, parks, restaurants -- every venue that should be a place of refuge and relaxation has instead become a freewheeling playground complete with shrieks, wails, and ill-t... read more

Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic.

David Nadelberg

Share the shame. In the days before blogs, teenagers recorded their lives with a pen in top-secret notebooks, usually emblazoned with an earnest, underlined plea to parents to keep away. Since 2002, David Nadelberg has tapped that vast wellspring of adolescent anguish in the stage show Mortified, in which grown men and women confront their past with firsthand tales of their first kiss, first p... read more

Share the shame. In the days before blogs, teenagers recorded their lives with a pen in top-secret notebooks, usually emblazoned with an earnest, underlined plea to parents to keep away. Since 2002, David Nadelberg has tapped that vast wellspring of adolescent anguish in the stage show Mortified, in which grown men and women confront their past with firsthand tales of their first kiss, first p... read more

#scandal

Sarah Ockler

Lucy's learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart's all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don't feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole's date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservatio... read more

Lucy's learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart's all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don't feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole's date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservatio... read more

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Sarah Ockler

From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak. Seeking q... read more

From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak. Seeking q... read more

Killer Instinct

S.E. Green

A teen girl version of Dexter meets the high stakes danger and mystery of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in this riveting debut.Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. After-school job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick. Why? Because she might be one hersel... read more

A teen girl version of Dexter meets the high stakes danger and mystery of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in this riveting debut.Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. After-school job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick. Why? Because she might be one hersel... read more

Killer Within

S.E. Green

In the heart-pounding sequel to the “zippy, gripping psychological drama” (Kirkus Reviews) Killer Instinct, teen vigilante Lane must face the secrets and unexpected consequences that arise in the wake of her first kill.It’s been three months since Lane made her first kill—the sadistic Decapitator—and now she feels both closer and more alienated than ever from her united, grieving family. Haunt... read more

In the heart-pounding sequel to the “zippy, gripping psychological drama” (Kirkus Reviews) Killer Instinct, teen vigilante Lane must face the secrets and unexpected consequences that arise in the wake of her first kill.It’s been three months since Lane made her first kill—the sadistic Decapitator—and now she feels both closer and more alienated than ever from her united, grieving family. Haunt... read more

Afterparty

Ann Redisch Stampler

A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.Emma is tired of being good. Always the perfect daughter to an overprotective father, she moves to Los Angeles dying to reinvent herself. This is why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her. And the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives ... read more

A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.Emma is tired of being good. Always the perfect daughter to an overprotective father, she moves to Los Angeles dying to reinvent herself. This is why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her. And the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives ... read more

Random

Tom Leveen

Who’s the real victim here? This tense and gripping novel explores of the consequences of cyberbullying.Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.He asks for a single thing—one reason not to kill himself.The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he... read more

Who’s the real victim here? This tense and gripping novel explores of the consequences of cyberbullying.Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.He asks for a single thing—one reason not to kill himself.The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he... read more

Shackled

Tom Leveen

From author Tom Leveen comes a taut, suspenseful novel about a girl’s abduction that leaves her best friend emotionally paralyzed, until a chance encounter points her toward the truth…and a terrifying new danger.Sixteen-year-old Pelly has a master plan. After years of therapy, medication, and even a stint in a mental hospital, she’s finally ready to re-enter the world of the living. Pelly has ... read more

From author Tom Leveen comes a taut, suspenseful novel about a girl’s abduction that leaves her best friend emotionally paralyzed, until a chance encounter points her toward the truth…and a terrifying new danger.Sixteen-year-old Pelly has a master plan. After years of therapy, medication, and even a stint in a mental hospital, she’s finally ready to re-enter the world of the living. Pelly has ... read more

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship

Howard J. Morris, Jenny Lee

THE REVEALING AND RIP-ROARINGLY FUNNY GUIDE TO MAKING EVERY RELATIONSHIP SMARTER, SANER, AND HAPPIER It's all very simple. When it comes to women, men are profoundly stupid. And when it comes to men, women—no matter how intelligent or mature—are completely crazy. Based on this groundbreaking insight, comedy writers and real-life couple Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee have devised a relationship... read more

THE REVEALING AND RIP-ROARINGLY FUNNY GUIDE TO MAKING EVERY RELATIONSHIP SMARTER, SANER, AND HAPPIER It's all very simple. When it comes to women, men are profoundly stupid. And when it comes to men, women—no matter how intelligent or mature—are completely crazy. Based on this groundbreaking insight, comedy writers and real-life couple Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee have devised a relationship... read more

It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita

Heather Armstrong

An irreverent and captivating memoir about the unexpected joys and glaring indignities of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood - from the beloved creator of the most popular personal blog on the web, dooce.com Heather Armstrong gave up a lot of things when she and her husband, Jon, decided to have a baby: beer, small boobs, free time -- and antidepressants. The eighteen months that followed w... read more

An irreverent and captivating memoir about the unexpected joys and glaring indignities of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood - from the beloved creator of the most popular personal blog on the web, dooce.com Heather Armstrong gave up a lot of things when she and her husband, Jon, decided to have a baby: beer, small boobs, free time -- and antidepressants. The eighteen months that followed w... read more

Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked-Out New Dad

Chris Mancini

You're having a baby. That's it. Game over, man. Life as you know it is done. Go ahead, freak out. Comic Chris Mancini was terrified of his impending fatherhood. But soon after throwing up upon seeing the little blue line, he realized that most expectant dads sometimes feel nervous, depressed, or powerless -- like a new baby is guy-kryptonite. Chris has been there and survived it. He'll talk y... read more

You're having a baby. That's it. Game over, man. Life as you know it is done. Go ahead, freak out. Comic Chris Mancini was terrified of his impending fatherhood. But soon after throwing up upon seeing the little blue line, he realized that most expectant dads sometimes feel nervous, depressed, or powerless -- like a new baby is guy-kryptonite. Chris has been there and survived it. He'll talk y... read more

The Star Attraction

Alison Sweeney

"Can you blame a publicist for blurring the lines between what's real and what's a dream, when her client is a gorgeous actor?" --Jodi PicoultSophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She even scores her PR firm's most important actor client and every woman's dream--Billy Fox. But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with... read more

"Can you blame a publicist for blurring the lines between what's real and what's a dream, when her client is a gorgeous actor?" --Jodi PicoultSophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She even scores her PR firm's most important actor client and every woman's dream--Billy Fox. But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with... read more

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