Laura Mattingly

Laura Mattingly – Editor

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


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.
Biographies & Memoirs Career Guides Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Nature New Age Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement Travel
English (US)

Work experience


May, 2016 — Present

Chronicle Books

Feb, 2015 — May, 2016 (over 1 year)

Chronicle Books

Jan, 2012 — Feb, 2015 (about 3 years)

Chronicle Books

May, 2010 — Feb, 2012 (almost 2 years)

Chronicle Books

Dec, 2008 — Aug, 2010 (over 1 year)

HarperOne - an imprint of HarperCollins

Dec, 2007 — Nov, 2008 (11 months)

Broadway Books / Penguin Random House

Feb, 2005 — Nov, 2007 (over 2 years)


“Yoga works best when it is tailored to each person’s individuality. In the Yoga Body & Mind Handbook, Jasmine honors this need by offering the kind of personalization and guidance that respects each reader's specific abilities.—Mark Whitwell, Master Yoga Teac... read more
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 inval... 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 disti... 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 compi... 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-d... 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 ... 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,... 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 an... 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 go... 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 eati... 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. Rat... read more

Laura has 3 reviews





Caitlin C.

Caitlin C.

Dec, 2018

Laura Lee is a dream! She improved my book by leaps and bounds as a developmental editor. She held space for my voice to shine through but helped me polish everything into something I'm really proud of. I dare say she made me a better writer in the process. Her feedback was both wide-ranging and also incredibly thorough and detailed. She was a great sounding board for fleshing out ideas for the...
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Roberto U.

Roberto U.

Mar, 2017

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.
Jason H.

Jason H.

Dec, 2016

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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