Krista Vitola

Krista Vitola - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Senior Editor that specializes in chapter books through YA novels, both fiction and nonfiction.

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Overview

For almost twelve years, I've worked in the publishing industry editing children's books. I started my career at Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, where I had the privilege of working on high- concept, commercial YA series such as FALLEN, THE MAZE RUNNER and THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH and with high profile authors like Tyra Banks and Bella Thorne. As I started to build my own list, I branched out into the middle-grade arena and edited award-winning authors such as Donna Gephart, Dana Alison-Levy and Alyson Noel. I also worked on a few dark YA mysteries by Amanda Searcy and a fantasy series by NYT Bestselling author, Colleen Houck. I'm currently a Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and the attached books are a few of the novels I work on here at S&S. Both fiction and non-fiction, I seek quality writing with commercial appeal.

I love working with authors to bring their book to its highest potential. I will never tell an author what they should do, but rather illuminate the scenes in which there is an issue--either with pacing, character development, narrative arc, relationships, emotional depth, etc. I hope to help them craft a book they are proud of and can't wait to share with the world. I love asking questions and love books that make me cry. It's a joy to be able to do this job as a profession and I eagerly await the opportunity to share in this creative journey with you.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Magical Realism
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction

Work experience

Senior Editor

Simon & Schuster
November, 2016 – Present (about 3 years)

Editorial Assistant-Editor, Delacorte Press

Random House
May, 2008 – November, 2016 (over 8 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

If This Were a Story

Beth Turley

“An imaginative debut.” —Booklist “Hannah’s growth is organic and well earned.” —Publishers Weekly In the tradition of Crenshaw and The Thing About Jellyfish, ten-year-old Hannah copes with the bullies at school and troubles at home through the power of stories in this sweet and sincere debut.Tenacious. That means strong-willed. My mother calls me that. I wish I felt the same way. If this were... read more

“An imaginative debut.” —Booklist “Hannah’s growth is organic and well earned.” —Publishers Weekly In the tradition of Crenshaw and The Thing About Jellyfish, ten-year-old Hannah copes with the bullies at school and troubles at home through the power of stories in this sweet and sincere debut.Tenacious. That means strong-willed. My mother calls me that. I wish I felt the same way. If this were... read more

The Hotel Between

Sean Easley

“Magic and mystery draw you [in]…Can I make a reservation yet?” —James Riley, New York Times bestselling author of the Story Thieves series “A wild ride across the globe, full of fun, adventure, and genuine heart.” —Kevin Sands, New York Times bestselling author of the Blackthorn Key series “Danger, fun, and heartbreak abound in this rollicking magical adventure.” —Lisa McMann, New York Times ... read more

“Magic and mystery draw you [in]…Can I make a reservation yet?” —James Riley, New York Times bestselling author of the Story Thieves series “A wild ride across the globe, full of fun, adventure, and genuine heart.” —Kevin Sands, New York Times bestselling author of the Blackthorn Key series “Danger, fun, and heartbreak abound in this rollicking magical adventure.” —Lisa McMann, New York Times ... read more

Lifeboat 12

Susan Hood

“This page-turning true-life adventure is filled with rich and riveting details and a timeless understanding of the things that matter most.”—Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus “Brilliantly told in verse, readers will love Ken Sparks.” —Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor winner “Lyrical, terrifying, and even at times funny. A richly detailed account of a little-known event in World ... read more

“This page-turning true-life adventure is filled with rich and riveting details and a timeless understanding of the things that matter most.”—Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus “Brilliantly told in verse, readers will love Ken Sparks.” —Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor winner “Lyrical, terrifying, and even at times funny. A richly detailed account of a little-known event in World ... read more

Strange Fire (The Anchor & Sophia)

Tommy Wallach

With the thrill of Westworld combined with the epic nature of Game of Thrones comes a gripping new trilogy about family, war, and the power of knowledge from the author of the New York Times bestselling We All Looked Up.They said that the first generation of man was brought low by its appetites: for knowledge, for power, for wealth. It was so great, the Lord sent his own Daughter to bring fire... read more

With the thrill of Westworld combined with the epic nature of Game of Thrones comes a gripping new trilogy about family, war, and the power of knowledge from the author of the New York Times bestselling We All Looked Up.They said that the first generation of man was brought low by its appetites: for knowledge, for power, for wealth. It was so great, the Lord sent his own Daughter to bring fire... read more

The Paris Project

Donna Gephart

Fans of the Nate series by Tim Federle and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm will love Cleveland Rosebud Potts in this poignant and heartfelt novel from the award-winning author of Lily and Dunkin.Cleveland Rosebud Potts has a plan. If she can check off the six items on her très important Paris Project List she will make it out of the small-minded and scorching town of Sassafras, Florid... read more

Fans of the Nate series by Tim Federle and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm will love Cleveland Rosebud Potts in this poignant and heartfelt novel from the award-winning author of Lily and Dunkin.Cleveland Rosebud Potts has a plan. If she can check off the six items on her très important Paris Project List she will make it out of the small-minded and scorching town of Sassafras, Florid... read more

What the Dog Knows Young Readers Edition: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World

Cat Warren

In this young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller, Cat Warren and her canine companion, Solo, teach readers that the nose knows no bounds when it comes to working together, being persistent, and helping others.Solo has a fine nose and knows how to use it, but he’s only one of many thousands of scent-detection dogs all over the United States. That’s a group that includes cadaver do... read more

In this young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller, Cat Warren and her canine companion, Solo, teach readers that the nose knows no bounds when it comes to working together, being persistent, and helping others.Solo has a fine nose and knows how to use it, but he’s only one of many thousands of scent-detection dogs all over the United States. That’s a group that includes cadaver do... read more

Meena Meets Her Match

Karla Manternach

Graduates of the Ramona Quimby series will adore Meena Zee as she navigates the triumphs and challenges of family, friendship, and personal secrets in this charming middle grade debut.Meena’s life is full of color. She wears vibrant clothes, eats every shade of the rainbow, and plucks eye-catching trash from the neighborhood recycling bins. But when Meena’s best friend, Sofía, stops playing wi... read more

Graduates of the Ramona Quimby series will adore Meena Zee as she navigates the triumphs and challenges of family, friendship, and personal secrets in this charming middle grade debut.Meena’s life is full of color. She wears vibrant clothes, eats every shade of the rainbow, and plucks eye-catching trash from the neighborhood recycling bins. But when Meena’s best friend, Sofía, stops playing wi... read more

Just South of Home

Karen Strong

Cousins Sarah and Janie unearth a tragic event in their small Southern town’s history in this witty middle grade debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Stella by Starlight, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, and As Brave as You.Twelve-year-old Sarah is finally in charge. At last, she can spend her summer months reading her favorite science books and bossing around her younger brother, Ellis, instea... read more

Cousins Sarah and Janie unearth a tragic event in their small Southern town’s history in this witty middle grade debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Stella by Starlight, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, and As Brave as You.Twelve-year-old Sarah is finally in charge. At last, she can spend her summer months reading her favorite science books and bossing around her younger brother, Ellis, instea... read more

The Sisterhood

A.J. Grainger

Sixteen-year-old Lil stumbles across a dangerous secret while searching for her missing sister in this gripping thriller that’s perfect for fans of The Darkest Corners and The Third Twin.Sixteen-year-old Lil’s heart was broken when her sister Mella disappeared. There’s been no trace or sighting of her since she vanished, so when Lil sees a girl lying in the road near her house she thinks for a... read more

Sixteen-year-old Lil stumbles across a dangerous secret while searching for her missing sister in this gripping thriller that’s perfect for fans of The Darkest Corners and The Third Twin.Sixteen-year-old Lil’s heart was broken when her sister Mella disappeared. There’s been no trace or sighting of her since she vanished, so when Lil sees a girl lying in the road near her house she thinks for a... read more

The Good Thieves

Katherine Rundell

From award-winning author Katherine Rundell comes a fast-paced, sharp-turning, and utterly thrilling adventure, one driven at its heart by an extraordinarily powerful evocation of the loyalty and love between a grandfather and his granddaughter. When the letters first arrived from her beloved grandfather—the shaking, green-inked letters, full of bewildered anger at the loss of his ancestral ho... read more

From award-winning author Katherine Rundell comes a fast-paced, sharp-turning, and utterly thrilling adventure, one driven at its heart by an extraordinarily powerful evocation of the loyalty and love between a grandfather and his granddaughter. When the letters first arrived from her beloved grandfather—the shaking, green-inked letters, full of bewildered anger at the loss of his ancestral ho... read more

The Griffins of Castle Cary

Heather Shumaker

A charming, adventure-filled debut novel that’s perfect for fans of The Penderwicks series.Siblings Meg, Will, and Ariel Griffin are off on an adventure! They can’t wait to spend a week visiting their eccentric aunt and her giant, tongue-drooling Newfoundland dog in England. But when they finally arrive, they’re faced with a few local secrets that stir up more than a little trouble. Add in som... read more

A charming, adventure-filled debut novel that’s perfect for fans of The Penderwicks series.Siblings Meg, Will, and Ariel Griffin are off on an adventure! They can’t wait to spend a week visiting their eccentric aunt and her giant, tongue-drooling Newfoundland dog in England. But when they finally arrive, they’re faced with a few local secrets that stir up more than a little trouble. Add in som... read more

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