Martine Bellen

Martine Bellen - Editor

New York City

I’m a hands-on and high-level book editor, specializing in fiction—literary and historical—as well as nonfiction and book proposals.

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After earning a graduate degree in creative writing at Brown University in 1988, Martine Bellen began working on the literary journal CONJUNCTIONS, which she's been associated with for the past twenty-five years. Ms. Bellen started out in book publishing at Henry Holt and Company and then worked as an editor at Carroll & Graf Publishers. At these publishing houses, she edited and acquired books by numerous successful authors, including Denise Mina (she was the first to publish this award-winning crime writer in the U.S.), who is presently published by Little, Brown; the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Maureen Howard; and Amanda Filipacchi (author of Nude Men, Vapor, and Love Creeps). Fifteen years ago, Ms. Bellen went into business for herself as an independent editor and bookdoctor. Since that time, she has had the opportunity to work with established novelists and nonfiction writers, as well as emerging talent and innovative thinkers and professionals who are writing first books or book proposals. Being a writer herself--she is the author of nine collections of poetry and three opera libretti--and an educator--presently she's teaching at Wesleyan University and has taught in schools such as the New School, NYU, Bard College, and Rutgers University--adds nuances to Bellen's skills and experience and demonstrates her commitment to the art of writing, which is necessary for a successful editor.
African American fiction
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Historical Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
Politics & Current Affairs
Religion & Spirituality


  • MFA


  • Queens Art Fund
  • Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy
  • National Poetry Series
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

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