Interview with Christine Pride, Editor Broadway Books (Random House)
By Theresa Rizzo
Bio: Christine acquires and edits a range of fiction (Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Daniel Wallace, The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha, The End of The Alphabet by CS Richardson), memoir (Rattled! by Christine Coppa, The Geography of Love by Glenda Burgess) and narrative non-fiction (Teaching Hope by Erin Gruwell). While her tastes and interests are diverse, she is committed to finding and nurturing projects that feature strong story-telling and emotional resonance. Christine graduated from the University of Missouri's prestigious broadcast journalism program and worked in non-profit management before embarking on career in book publishing.
Answer:† I acquire memoir, womenís/book club fiction, animal stories, pop culture and human interest stories.
Answer:† I could do with fewer Marly and Me derivativesóďthe animal who changed my life.Ē† I would love to see more novels where I just canít stop reading once I start; novels that feature expert and mesmerizing story-telling.††
Answer: I do not.† (Unless itís from writers Iíve spoken with at a conference and requested material.)
Answer: A few pages that outline the story and 25-50 pages of sample material usually suffice.
Answer:† If Iíve requested material or an agent sends me material, I always try to respond as quickly as possible (within two weeks) and try to write as thoughtful (and helpful) a rejection as I can if I donít think the project is right for me.
Answer:† In this day and age it really helps if the author has a platform, has been published in premier journals and literary magazines, has an on-line presence and mailing list, has some media experience or contacts (for non-fiction).
Answer:† I get to read at my desk (sometimes).
Answer: Misspelled words or bad grammar in an authorís query letter.†† Itís a very bad introduction to oneís work!
Answer: See hobby!† Also coffee, french fries, red wine and my friends.† All things I could not live without.
Answer: Go to South Africa.†† Soon!
Answer:† For this context, I love this Edith Wharton quote:† I don't believe there is any greater blessing than that of being pierced through and through by the splendor and sweetness of wordsÖI wouldn't take the kingdom for it.