Patrick Price

Patrick Price – Editor

Hands-on, thoughtful editor specializing in memoir, self-help, thriller, mystery, suspense, and YA 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 prescriptive and narrative nonfiction in the categories of memoir, relationships, modern parenting, lifestyle, self-help, LGBTQ, humor. . . and whatever I find refreshingly irresistible. On the fiction front, I enjoy working on thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and YA fiction


At Simon & Schuster's Simon Spotlight Entertainment (SSE) turned Gallery Books, I acquired and edited such bestselling titles as HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, Tori Spelling's tell-all memoir STORI TELLING, perennial "new mommy" favorite, SIPPY CUPS ARE NOT FOR CHARDONNAY by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, and 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.


Authors have described my editorial style as "a writer's dream;" "gentle critic, astute reader, and master teacher;" "uncannily perceptive;" "at once calming and inspiring;" and a "razor-sharp scalpel of just what readers want to read."


Whether working with a first-time author (a personal favorite) or a seasoned pro, you’ll have my ear, my knowledge and experience, my candid honesty, and, most of all, my gut and honed instinct. I give each project my thoughtful, undivided attention. And lastly, I pride myself on clear communication and making and sticking to a schedule.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries LGBTQ Fiction Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • B.A.--English, The College of William and Mary
  • NYU School of Professional Studies, The Summer Publishing Institute

Work experience

Self-Employed

Oct, 2014 — Present

Matt DeCoursey Enterprises / Realist Books

Sep, 2016 — May, 2017 (8 months)

Launched self-help/business imprint's debut titles with founder and CEO of GigaBook, comprising content development, copywriting, interior design, marketing (blog entries, book trailer, Goodreads, Amazon Author Central), and editorial feedback to client website and tie-in app.

Managed cover art direction, copyediting, production, and distribution for eBook and POD formats. All three titles ranked as #1 Amazon Best Sellers in their categories, including THE REALIST'S GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL MUSIC CAREER co-authored by Joel Cummins of Umphrey's McGee.

Simon & Schuster / Simon Pulse

Dec, 2012 — Sep, 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.

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

Sep, 2003 — Nov, 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 (edited her roman a clef SATAN'S SISTERS, of which VH1's original series DAYTIME DIVAS is based), 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.

International Creative Management (ICM)

Nov, 1998 — Nov, 2003 (almost 5 years)

Portfolio

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 th... read more
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FROM DEBT TO DOT COMBased in a spare bedroom in his home, Matt DeCoursey built companies that generated millions of dollars in revenue and huge amounts of profit. And he started it all with on... read more
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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... 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 ... 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 sh... 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 ... 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 th... 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 Sio... 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 he... 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... 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... 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 frien... 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... 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 ve... 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 Beatl... 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.”Rel... 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, whe... 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 ... 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... 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 l... read more
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 ... read more

Patrick has 23 reviews

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Janice S.

Janice S.

May, 2024

Working with Patrick was a life-changer for me. First-time memoirist here, and Patrick treated me with respect, and professionalism, and took exceptional care with my project. He takes time for the writer to understand the editing process, is open to questions, and offers explanations so there is no doubt moving forward with him The finished product exceeds anything I could imagine, and that ...
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Patrick P.
Thank you, Janice, for these gracious words and entrusting me with your memoir!
Bethany W.

Bethany W.

Apr, 2024

Patrick is beyond knowledgeable about all the things. He's got great insight and experience. His thoughts are well researched and kind. Patrick was really wonderful about insights into storytelling that can help an author engage their readers. I would work with him a million times over. He's just the best!
Patrick P.
Aw, thank you, Bethany!
thought M.

thought M.

Mar, 2024

Loved working with Patrick. His edits compliment my voice and made me a better writer. His feedback was helpful and he even gave me some suggestions for subtitles. He is communicative and sticks to timelines. He is also just a nice person who is easy going and fun to work with.
Patrick P.
Thank you, Lyndsey! The feeling is mutual.
Troy I.

Troy I.

Jun, 2023

Patrick handled my project with absolute professionalism, communicated with great clarity and made be very comfortable with his obvious experience level. I would highly recommend Patrick.
Patrick P.
Thanks, Troy!
Joseph C.

Joseph C.

Oct, 2022

Patrick was upfront, insightful, and genuine from the start. His edits were truly amazing and added a unique element to my work. I would not hesitate on hiring Patrick again in the near future, he’s worth it.
Patrick P.
Thank you, Joseph!

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