Isabella Betita

Isabella Betita - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Formerly with S&S. Passionate about stories. Experience with YA and Adult science fiction/fantasy, literary, and speculative fiction.

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Overview

I have worked on multiple international bestselling and award-nominated titles, interested in young adult/middle grade, fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, suspense, historical, and literary and commercial fiction! Also available for query letter review and sensitivity reading.

I have seen projects through every stage of production—from first drafts that need heavy development, to final manuscripts that only require fine tuning to make them marketable. I offer compassionate, thoughtful, and honest critique that never impeaches the writer's voice. I want to help authors tell their stories—and tell them well.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Horror
Literary Fiction
New Adult
Romance
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • B.A. English Literature at Brown University
  • B.A. Anthropology at Brown University

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Simon & Schuster, Touchstone/Atria
August, 2016 – March, 2019 (over 2 years)

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (over 8 years)

Editorial services have included developmental comments, line editing, proofreading, sensitivity reading, and more.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

The History of Bees

Maja Lunde

“Imagine The Leftovers, but with honey” (Elle), and in the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this “spectacular and deeply moving” (Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author) novel follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of a... read more

“Imagine The Leftovers, but with honey” (Elle), and in the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this “spectacular and deeply moving” (Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author) novel follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of a... read more

An Ocean of Minutes

Thea Lim

AN INDIE NEXT PICK! A “Best Book of 2018” —Real Simple “Lim’s steady prose and deft character development ensured that I was hooked on Polly’s story from beginning to end. [F]ull of fascinating social commentary on class differences, racism and sexism...it’s easy to fall into this novel and become emotionally involved in Polly’s journey and her search to find the people she loves.” —Los Angele... read more

AN INDIE NEXT PICK! A “Best Book of 2018” —Real Simple “Lim’s steady prose and deft character development ensured that I was hooked on Polly’s story from beginning to end. [F]ull of fascinating social commentary on class differences, racism and sexism...it’s easy to fall into this novel and become emotionally involved in Polly’s journey and her search to find the people she loves.” —Los Angele... read more

Goodbye, Paris

Anstey Harris

A BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB PICK AN INDIE NEXT PICK Jojo Moyes meets Eleanor Oliphant in Goodbye, Paris, an utterly charming novel that proves that sometimes you have to break your heart to make it whole.Grace once had the beginnings of a promising musical career, but she hasn’t been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, she’s built a quie... read more

A BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB PICK AN INDIE NEXT PICK Jojo Moyes meets Eleanor Oliphant in Goodbye, Paris, an utterly charming novel that proves that sometimes you have to break your heart to make it whole.Grace once had the beginnings of a promising musical career, but she hasn’t been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, she’s built a quie... read more

The Lost History of Dreams

Kris Waldherr

A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.All love stories are ghost stories in disguise. When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turne... read more

A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.All love stories are ghost stories in disguise. When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turne... read more

Me for You

Lolly Winston

From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Grief comes a richly poignant and stirring story that asks: How soon is too soon to fall in love again?The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widow at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he’s still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy of his life—but his ... read more

From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Grief comes a richly poignant and stirring story that asks: How soon is too soon to fall in love again?The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widow at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he’s still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy of his life—but his ... read more

Scrublands

Chris Hammer

In the vein of The Dry and Before the Fall, a town’s dark secrets come to light in the aftermath of a young priest’s unthinkable last act in this arresting and searing debut thriller.In Riversend, an isolated rural community afflicted by an endless drought, a young priest does the unthinkable, killing five parishioners before being taken down himself. A year later, accompanied by his own demon... read more

In the vein of The Dry and Before the Fall, a town’s dark secrets come to light in the aftermath of a young priest’s unthinkable last act in this arresting and searing debut thriller.In Riversend, an isolated rural community afflicted by an endless drought, a young priest does the unthinkable, killing five parishioners before being taken down himself. A year later, accompanied by his own demon... read more

Crown of Lies

Nicholson, Alexandra

To Crown A King

Melin, Raedene Jeannette

Isabella has 29 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Arthur Go
Always great notes.

Arthur Go, August 2022


Alexandra Wingo
Isabella gave extremely thoughtful and insightful edits–not only on how to help the language of my manuscript flow better but also on where and how to immerse readers more fully into the world of the book. We discussed the themes and major plot points prior to the edits and she gave excellent suggestions on how to weave those into the story in a way that will make the overall story and characte...
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Alexandra Wingo, July 2022


Ali Eke
Isabella painstakingly worked out the many different details, arrangements, and goals I had for my book before even THINKING about setting any sort of price point. To add to that, compared to every other editor I talked with, she changed quite a bit cheaper compared to all the other editors I talked to, considering the level of editing and service she provided. Which itself, was meticulous and...
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Ali Eke, July 2022


Diana Williams
This my second time working with Isabella and she did not disappoint. Her attention to detail is top notch and her knowledge of the industry can't be beat.

Diana Williams, May 2022


Arthur Go
Isabella was fantastic.

Arthur Go, May 2022

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