Interview with CHRISTIAN TRIMMER
By Theresa Rizzo
Bio: CHRISTIAN TRIMMER is a senior editor at Disney Hyperion Books. He edits books by folks like Mo Willems (the New York Times best-selling The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? and the Elephant and Piggie series) and Rick Riordan (The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel and the forthcoming The Sea of Monsters, The Graphic Novel), as well as the Ghost and the Goth trilogy (by Stacey Kade), the Touch series (by Laurie Faria Stolarz), the Carter series (by Brent Crawford), and The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet Epic Kid (by Robin Mellom). Christian works on various formats: picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade and young adult fiction. Christian is looking to acquire more novels about kids in real world situations: romantic comedies, family dramas, road trips, coming-of-age tales. An original voice and strong character development are key to him.
Answer: Long enough to effectively convey the narrative and emotional arc(s) of the novel. Always double spaced.
Answer: Happily, I’m not sick to death of anything…yet. I don’t need any paranormal romance for the time being, and I’m good on middle school books set in school for the next few years. I’d love to read more contemporary novels; they just need a really strong hook.
Answer: Absolutely! Once they’ve seen your face and shaken your hand, you have to make a real effort to save face! I might not spend more time on a critique of a manuscript, but I will move the submission closer to the top of the stack.
Answer: First and foremost, I want to make sure I have a connection with the writer, so it’s important to me to speak with an author before I sign up his/her novel. I like working with writers who are actively involved in the industry: attending conferences, participating in book clubs, developing an online community. Promotability (good word!) is huge, too.
Answer: Yes, but they’re not related to the publishing industry.
Answer: Mother taught me everything in moderation, but I don’t miss Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, or Girls. I read Entertainment Weekly cover-to-cover every issue.