Laura Lee Mattingly

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San Francisco, CA, United States

Experienced book editor specializing in lifestyle, self-help, inspiration, health, wellness, creative business, and women's interest.

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I've acquired, developed, and edited over one hundred books, including numerous national and New York Times bestsellers. Through my work at Hyperion Books, Random House, HarperCollins, and most recently as a senior editor at Chronicle Books, I've had the opportunity to help all types of creatives and writers bring their visions to printed reality. I value close collaboration throughout the editorial process and specialize in helping authors develop books from the first spark of an idea to a final manuscript.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Career Guides
Health & wellbeing
Home & Garden
Nature
New Age
Parenting & Families
Self-help & Self-improvement
Travel

Work experience

Editorial Director

Self-employed
May, 2016 – Present (about 2 years)

Senior Editor

Chronicle Books
February, 2015 – May, 2016 (over 1 year)

Editor

Chronicle Books
January, 2012 – February, 2015 (about 3 years)

Associate Editor

Chronicle Books
May, 2010 – February, 2012 (almost 2 years)

Assistant Editor

Chronicle Books
December, 2008 – August, 2010 (over 1 year)

Assistant Editor

HarperOne - an imprint of HarperCollins
December, 2007 – November, 2008 (11 months)

Editorial Assistant

Broadway Books / Penguin Random House
February, 2005 – November, 2007 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify (Updated and Revised)

Francine Jay

Francine Jay pioneered the simple living movement with her self-published bestseller, The Joy of Less. In this fully redesigned and repackaged edition—featuring never-before-seen content—Jay brings her philosophy to more readers who are eager to declutter. Rather than the "crash diet" approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form n... read more

Francine Jay pioneered the simple living movement with her self-published bestseller, The Joy of Less. In this fully redesigned and repackaged edition—featuring never-before-seen content—Jay brings her philosophy to more readers who are eager to declutter. Rather than the "crash diet" approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form n... read more

52 Small Changes for the Mind: Improve Memory * Minimize Stress * Increase Productivity * Boost Happiness

Brett Blumenthal

Small changes work. In this practical ebook, wellness expert Brett Blumenthal reveals how to hone in on the mind as the foundation of overall health and well-being. She presents one small, achievable change every week—from developing music appreciation to eating brain-boosting foods, practicing mono-tasking, incorporating play, and more. The accumulation of these lifestyle changes ultimately l... read more

Small changes work. In this practical ebook, wellness expert Brett Blumenthal reveals how to hone in on the mind as the foundation of overall health and well-being. She presents one small, achievable change every week—from developing music appreciation to eating brain-boosting foods, practicing mono-tasking, incorporating play, and more. The accumulation of these lifestyle changes ultimately l... read more

Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World

Ann Shen

Aphra Behn, first female professional writer. Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist. Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer. Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Joan Jett, godmother of punk. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who follo... read more

Aphra Behn, first female professional writer. Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist. Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer. Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Joan Jett, godmother of punk. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who follo... read more

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

Erin Benzakein

From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round g... read more

From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round g... read more

Bobbi Brown Beauty from the Inside Out: Makeup * Wellness * Confidence

Bobbi Brown

Bestselling author and world-famous makeup artist Bobbi Brown reveals her secrets to radiant beauty in this gorgeous lifestyle guide. Featuring the best beauty food recipes, fitness tailoring, recommendations on nutrients, and restorative yoga and mindfulness, Bobbi lays the foundation for beauty from within. Building on her lifelong philosophies, she provides essential skincare routines, cool... read more

Bestselling author and world-famous makeup artist Bobbi Brown reveals her secrets to radiant beauty in this gorgeous lifestyle guide. Featuring the best beauty food recipes, fitness tailoring, recommendations on nutrients, and restorative yoga and mindfulness, Bobbi lays the foundation for beauty from within. Building on her lifelong philosophies, she provides essential skincare routines, cool... read more

Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart

Janelle McCulloch

Take a stroll through the real Paris with this beautifully photographed and gorgeous guide to Paris. Organized by arrondissement, Paris takes readers through the city’s most charming streets, revealing best-kept secrets and little gems at every turn: ateliers overflowing with notions, cafés with their neat rows of macaroons, markets abundant with fresh flowers, shaded parks, and creative hotsp... read more

Take a stroll through the real Paris with this beautifully photographed and gorgeous guide to Paris. Organized by arrondissement, Paris takes readers through the city’s most charming streets, revealing best-kept secrets and little gems at every turn: ateliers overflowing with notions, cafés with their neat rows of macaroons, markets abundant with fresh flowers, shaded parks, and creative hotsp... read more

Change Starts Within You: Unlock the Confidence to Lead with Intuition

Cortney McDermott

Cortney McDermott had it all--a rising career at a Fortune 500 company, a loving husband, the Jimmy Choos. To an outsider, she was living the dream. But inside, her mind was racing from meetings to e-mails to childcare, and her thoughts were filled with self-doubt.She had checked all the boxes, so why was it never enough? Why wasn't her dream life sustainable?Forced to rethink what it means to... read more

Cortney McDermott had it all--a rising career at a Fortune 500 company, a loving husband, the Jimmy Choos. To an outsider, she was living the dream. But inside, her mind was racing from meetings to e-mails to childcare, and her thoughts were filled with self-doubt.She had checked all the boxes, so why was it never enough? Why wasn't her dream life sustainable?Forced to rethink what it means to... read more

Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home

Holly Becker

In Decorate, the world's top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer, this intensive ... read more

In Decorate, the world's top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer, this intensive ... read more

Paris in Color

Nichole Robertson

Take a journey through the world's most romantic city, traveling from color to magnificent color with this beguiling book. An orange café chair, bright blue bicycles against a fence, a weathered white door—Nichole Robertson's sumptuous photographs of the distinctive details of Paris, all arranged by color, evoke a sense of serendipitous discovery and celebrate the city as never before. At once... read more

Take a journey through the world's most romantic city, traveling from color to magnificent color with this beguiling book. An orange café chair, bright blue bicycles against a fence, a weathered white door—Nichole Robertson's sumptuous photographs of the distinctive details of Paris, all arranged by color, evoke a sense of serendipitous discovery and celebrate the city as never before. At once... read more

Starting Today: A Journal of Intention and Change

Chronicle Books

Writing down daily intentions (such as "focus on the present," or "be a better listener") helps readers work toward becoming the person they want to be, one small step at a time. Filled with a year's worth of insightful prompts and uplifting quotes, this invaluable journal provides space to declare intentions, reflect on progress, and live life a little better—starting today.

Writing down daily intentions (such as "focus on the present," or "be a better listener") helps readers work toward becoming the person they want to be, one small step at a time. Filled with a year's worth of insightful prompts and uplifting quotes, this invaluable journal provides space to declare intentions, reflect on progress, and live life a little better—starting today.

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Roberto uribe

Working with Laura Lee Mattingly was a great experience. She gave me clear and concise notes, constructive criticism and encouraging praise. I will be working with her again soon and hopefully on other future projects.

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, March 2017


Jason Hopper

This was my first time working with an editor and I didn't know what to expect or how to communicate what I was looking for. Laura Lee provided a very clear proposal and made the decision easy. I am trilled with the work she has done and hope to work with her again! She offered very constructive feedback and really worked to get to know my writing. I was afraid that I would feel defensive h...

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, December 2016

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