Isabella Betita

Isabella Betita - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Publishing professional formerly at S&S. Passionate about YA. Experience editing literary, suspense, historical and speculative fiction.

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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 salable. 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)
Science Fiction
Dystopian
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult
New Adult
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 (almost 6 years)

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

Portfolio (6 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

Isabella has 5 reviews

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Raedene Melin
Working with Isabella was a wonderful experience. Her evaluation of my manuscript was thoughtful and applicable. Not only did she adapt to the kind of edit I wanted, but she did it all while respecting my voice as an author. My novel is stronger and more polished because of her editing. Thanks again!

Raedene Melin, May 2019


Wendy Wee
I am extremely glad that I decided to get Isabella to do an editorial assessment for my first novel. She really immersed herself into my dystopian novel and aptly and concisely pointed out a number of gaps in it, from the key characters to world building and giving suggestions on how to make the dystopia more believable. You may think that you had every angle covered after you’re done writin...
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Wendy Wee, April 2019


Roger Elam
My rather long search for an editor really turned so very satisfying and positive with Isabella Betita. She was a pleasure to work with on TOCKD. She completely recharged my manuscript with energy, kindly and respectfully gave suggestions – some I wish I’d caught on to earlier because they were great insights, we repositioned text in ways that will better draw readers into the story, and we del...
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Roger Elam, March 2019


Steve Baldyga
Isabella Betita is the perfect person to edit a first-time author's manuscript. Not only is she very thorough, she communicates her ideas from within the book almost as if she has absorbed the characters and understands what they would be thinking or feeling. She has been generous with her time and patience when dealing with my work and with me--a first-time author. Publishing your first book ...
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Steve Baldyga, December 2018


Joseph Nutter
Right away you will notice how upbeat and positive she is. She provided a very well-thought out editorial letter, along with a copy edit of my manuscript that was helpful and didn't come across critical. You can tell she knows her stuff about the industry and was very responsive to my questions.

Joseph Nutter, November 2018

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