Isabel Stein

Isabel Stein - Editor

Queens, NY, United States

Edit and proofread nonfiction and fiction: crafts, art, cooking, memoir, STEM subjects, history, DIY, mystery, sci fi, romance, YA, etc.

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Overview

You’ve worked hard on your project, but perhaps you have reached a certain plateau. Now you sense that it is time for help from another party, even if you are not sure exactly what kind of help you need. That’s perfectly normal. If you read the acknowledgments page of any published work, you’ll see that creating a book usually involves a team effort, maybe your friends and family at the start, and then some experienced editors, proofreaders, and perhaps even agents or marketing people. I am an editor and proofreader with many years of experience. I worked for 16 years in-house at a trade publisher (Sterling Publishing Co.) and at other publishers, and I know what editors are looking at from that side of the desk. I’ve edited crafts, DIY, children’s science books and picture books, gardening books and cookbooks for Sterling Publishing and other publishers. I have edited fiction books for Hachette Book Group, Ballantine Books, and Sterling Publishing Co. I also have edited scholarly books for Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, and Palgrave Macmillan. I have proofread books for Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, and others. Please contact me if you need help with your project. I'll be glad to look it over.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
History
Home & Garden
Psychology
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • MA in studio art
  • studied landscape design at the NYBG
  • BA in psychology

Awards

  • edited How Smart Is Your Dog? by D. Caroline Coile, winner of Best Children's book 2003 from the Dog Writers Association of America

Work experience

developmental, line, and copy editor; proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2009 – Present (over 10 years)

I work with publishing companies and also directly with authors. For fiction works, I do whatever is necessary and whatever the author requests, from analyzing the plot and offering suggestions to simple correcting of spelling and grammar, trying always to respect the author’s voice. For nonfiction manuscripts, I check continuity, check facts online, and query the author as needed. I often work with authors whose first language is not English. For crafts books, I edit, sometimes do sketches to help authors prepare illustrations for their books, and expand text if it is needed. I have a strong art/crafts background. I also proofread for several major publishing companies.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Blackout: A Pete Fernandez Mystery

Alex Segura

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED CRIME, MYSTERY, AND THRILLERS OF 2018 —LitHubONE OF THE THE BIGGEST MYSTERY AND THRILLERS OF SPRING 2018 —BookBubONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2018 —MysteryPeople"A series not to be missed.” -Megan AbbottIn Blackout, the latest novel in Alex Segura’s acclaimed Pete Fernandez Mystery series, startling new evidence in a cold case that's haunted Pete drags the e... read more

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED CRIME, MYSTERY, AND THRILLERS OF 2018 —LitHubONE OF THE THE BIGGEST MYSTERY AND THRILLERS OF SPRING 2018 —BookBubONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2018 —MysteryPeople"A series not to be missed.” -Megan AbbottIn Blackout, the latest novel in Alex Segura’s acclaimed Pete Fernandez Mystery series, startling new evidence in a cold case that's haunted Pete drags the e... read more

500 Indian Dishes

Meena Agarwal

If Indian curries are your takeaway of choice, why not learn how to try to make them from scratch at home, from delicious main courses to tasty snacks and sides, 500 Indian Dishes will show you how to get started with this fascinating cuisine. Or, if you're already familiar with Indian cookery, you're sure to find new inspirations in this fantastic collection of recipes. Fragrant with aromatic... read more

If Indian curries are your takeaway of choice, why not learn how to try to make them from scratch at home, from delicious main courses to tasty snacks and sides, 500 Indian Dishes will show you how to get started with this fascinating cuisine. Or, if you're already familiar with Indian cookery, you're sure to find new inspirations in this fantastic collection of recipes. Fragrant with aromatic... read more

The First Year of College: Research, Theory, and Practice on Improving the Student Experience and Increasing Retention

This book is premised on a very powerful social/educational concern about college retention rates: one-third of first-year students seriously consider leaving college during their first term, and only half of all students who start college ultimately graduate. This book examines the first year of college from a variety of perspectives to paint a comprehensive picture of the intersecting challe... read more

This book is premised on a very powerful social/educational concern about college retention rates: one-third of first-year students seriously consider leaving college during their first term, and only half of all students who start college ultimately graduate. This book examines the first year of college from a variety of perspectives to paint a comprehensive picture of the intersecting challe... read more

The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989–2001 (Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy)

Nicholas J. Cull

Using newly declassified archives and interviews with practitioners, Nicholas J. Cull has pieced together the story of the final decade in the life of the United States Information Agency, revealing the decisions and actions that brought the United States' apparatus for public diplomacy into disarray.

Using newly declassified archives and interviews with practitioners, Nicholas J. Cull has pieced together the story of the final decade in the life of the United States Information Agency, revealing the decisions and actions that brought the United States' apparatus for public diplomacy into disarray.

Creative Ways with Polymer Clay

Dotty McMillan

“Has the...advantage of tapping into the different expertise and styles of a variety of practitioners. Crafters can pick from among 31 projects, ranging from traditional (Chinese good-luck lantern) to extraordinarily modern (tiny jointed teddy bear)....A gallery of artists...adds insight and inspiration.”—Booklist.

“Has the...advantage of tapping into the different expertise and styles of a variety of practitioners. Crafters can pick from among 31 projects, ranging from traditional (Chinese good-luck lantern) to extraordinarily modern (tiny jointed teddy bear)....A gallery of artists...adds insight and inspiration.”—Booklist.

AZ Olahok Tortenete V1: Kotet (1894)

Trapped in Paris

Evelyne Holingue

Sixteen-year-old Cameron and Framboise have nothing in common and no reason to meet. But when a volcano eruption in Iceland interrupts all air traffic, the two teenagers find themselves trapped in Paris. When they witness a murder on the River Seine and are kidnapped by a mysterious dangerous man, they become unlikely partners in a fast spine-chilling four-day adventure through the Parisian su... read more

Sixteen-year-old Cameron and Framboise have nothing in common and no reason to meet. But when a volcano eruption in Iceland interrupts all air traffic, the two teenagers find themselves trapped in Paris. When they witness a murder on the River Seine and are kidnapped by a mysterious dangerous man, they become unlikely partners in a fast spine-chilling four-day adventure through the Parisian su... read more

Paint Can!: Techniques, Patterns, and Projects for Bringing Color into Every Room

Sunny Goode

A few years ago, decorative painter Sunny Goode created Sunny’s Goodtime Paints with a single goal in mind: giving everyone the means to reproduce the beauty of old fresco plaster, stone walls, or glazed finishes in their own homes. Paint Can!—a lavishly illustrated, inspiring, and instructive primer on how to add decorative flourishes with paint—is the next logical step in her mission. She of... read more

A few years ago, decorative painter Sunny Goode created Sunny’s Goodtime Paints with a single goal in mind: giving everyone the means to reproduce the beauty of old fresco plaster, stone walls, or glazed finishes in their own homes. Paint Can!—a lavishly illustrated, inspiring, and instructive primer on how to add decorative flourishes with paint—is the next logical step in her mission. She of... read more

France, Film, and the Holocaust: From génocide to shoah (Studies in European Culture and History)

Ferzina Banaji

When confronted with a historical event of the tragic magnitude of the Holocaust, cinema with its inherently representational nature has often been found lacking. The proliferation of Holocaust films, especially in France, testifies that filmmakers appear stubbornly immune to representational moratoria making film's relationship with the Holocaust a profoundly engaged and complex one. This boo... read more

When confronted with a historical event of the tragic magnitude of the Holocaust, cinema with its inherently representational nature has often been found lacking. The proliferation of Holocaust films, especially in France, testifies that filmmakers appear stubbornly immune to representational moratoria making film's relationship with the Holocaust a profoundly engaged and complex one. This boo... read more

Upstaged (Zack Delacruz, Book 3)

Jeff Anderson

Zack is back—and taking on the school play! Bah humbug! Zack Delacruz wants to win the role of Scrooge in Davy Crockett Middle School’s production of A Christmas Carol—and Abhi’s admiration, too. But he’s not the only one trying out for the play. So are José (El Pollo Loco), Marquis, and Janie, who dreams of being all three ghosts. What role will Zack end up playing on stage . . . and in his l... read more

Zack is back—and taking on the school play! Bah humbug! Zack Delacruz wants to win the role of Scrooge in Davy Crockett Middle School’s production of A Christmas Carol—and Abhi’s admiration, too. But he’s not the only one trying out for the play. So are José (El Pollo Loco), Marquis, and Janie, who dreams of being all three ghosts. What role will Zack end up playing on stage . . . and in his l... read more

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