Laurie Chittenden

Laurie Chittenden - Editor Tick

New York, NY, United States

20 years developing bestselling award-winning fiction and nonfiction at Macmillan, Harpercollins, Penguin Random House and S & S.

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As a former Executive Editor with over 20 years experience editing and positioning bestselling and award winning fiction and nonfiction for Macmillan, Harpercollins, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster I will use my insider knowledge to help you develop a flawless manuscript and create a sales pitch that will get your book noticed. I will work with you closely and together we will polish your story so it is ready to submit to a literary agent (I can also provide suggestions when it comes to the right literary agent for your work) or publish. In order for your project to stand out from the numerous competing books you will need a clear, marketable keynote for your project and I will show you how to craft the necessary elevator pitch to position your book effectively.

Areas of expertise include literary fiction, commercial fiction, historical fiction, romance, young adult and middle grade fiction, science fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, history, general science, diet, exercise, how-to, spirituality, pet books and parenting.

If you have a story to tell I can provide the concise, clear direction that will help you revise and market your project.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
True Crime
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Historical Fiction
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • New York University Adjunct Professor Manuscript Editing
  • Radcliffe Publishing Course
  • BA in English and History, College of William & Mary

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
November, 2017 – Present (10 months)

Executive Editor

St. Martin’s Press a division of Macmillan, USA
May, 2014 – November, 2017 (over 3 years)

Owner

Laurie Chittenden Literary Services
October, 2012 – May, 2014 (over 1 year)

Acquisitions Editor-at-Large

Hyperion, a division of ABC/Disney
September, 2011 – October, 2012 (about 1 year)

Adjunct Professor

New York University
January, 2009 – May, 2009 (4 months)

Taught a graduate course for credit on best practices in publishing and manuscript editing. This was a one semester course.

Executive Editor

HarperCollins, a division of Newscorp
May, 2006 – September, 2011 (over 5 years)

Senior Editor

Dutton, a division of Penguin Group USA, Pearson
February, 2000 – May, 2006 (about 6 years)

Editor

Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS
September, 1994 – February, 2000 (over 5 years)

Assistant Editor

Hyperion, a division of the Walt Disney Comapny
August, 1993 – September, 1994 (about 1 year)

Bookseller

Rizzoli Books
May, 1989 – May, 1993 (about 4 years)

Portfolio (23 selected works)

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel

Bryn Greenwood

A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the onl... read more

A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the onl... read more

The Book of Summer: A Novel

Michelle Gable

The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate.For the first time in four years, physicia... read more

The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate.For the first time in four years, physicia... read more

Belong to Me: A Novel

Marisa de los Santos

“Marisa de los Santos’s Belong to Me is my favorite discovery of the past years: a terrific page-turner that’s also poignant, funny, surprising and deeply heartfelt.”—Harlan Coben “Complex, engaging, and surprisingly moving.”—Boston GlobeThe sensational New York Times bestseller from Marisa de los Santos, Belong to Me is a gift for readers, an enchanting, luminous novel about the accidents, bo... read more

“Marisa de los Santos’s Belong to Me is my favorite discovery of the past years: a terrific page-turner that’s also poignant, funny, surprising and deeply heartfelt.”—Harlan Coben “Complex, engaging, and surprisingly moving.”—Boston GlobeThe sensational New York Times bestseller from Marisa de los Santos, Belong to Me is a gift for readers, an enchanting, luminous novel about the accidents, bo... read more

The Lace Reader: A Novel

Brunonia Barry

Every gift has a price . . . every piece of lace has a secret.Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. Now the disappearance of two women is bringing Towner back home to Salem—and is bringing to light the shocking truth about the d... read more

Every gift has a price . . . every piece of lace has a secret.Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. Now the disappearance of two women is bringing Towner back home to Salem—and is bringing to light the shocking truth about the d... read more

The Charm Bracelet: A Novel

Viola Shipman

Lose yourself to the magic of The Charm Bracelet.Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.On her birthday each year, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and so Lolly’s charm bracelet would be a con... read more

Lose yourself to the magic of The Charm Bracelet.Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.On her birthday each year, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and so Lolly’s charm bracelet would be a con... read more

The Hidden Light of Northern Fires: A Novel

Daren Wang

"Splendid—a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War." —Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Mountain"A wise and timely book." —Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of SerenaRooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amids... read more

"Splendid—a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War." —Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Mountain"A wise and timely book." —Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of SerenaRooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amids... read more

Portrait of an Unknown Woman: A Novel

Vanora Bennett

The year is 1527. The great portraitist Hans Holbein, who has fled the reformation in Europe, is making his first trip to England under commission to Sir Thomas More. In the course of six years, Holbein will become a close friend to the More family and paint two nearly identical family portraits. But closer examination of the paintings reveals that the second holds several mysteries...Set agai... read more

The year is 1527. The great portraitist Hans Holbein, who has fled the reformation in Europe, is making his first trip to England under commission to Sir Thomas More. In the course of six years, Holbein will become a close friend to the More family and paint two nearly identical family portraits. But closer examination of the paintings reveals that the second holds several mysteries...Set agai... read more

The Masque of the Black Tulip (Pink Carnation series Book 2)

Lauren Willig

...But now she has a million questions about the Pink Carnation's deadly French nemesis, the Black Tulip. And she's pretty sure that her handsome onagain, off-again crush, Colin Selwick, has the answers somewhere in his archives. But what she discovers in an old codebook is something juicier than she ever imagined.

...But now she has a million questions about the Pink Carnation's deadly French nemesis, the Black Tulip. And she's pretty sure that her handsome onagain, off-again crush, Colin Selwick, has the answers somewhere in his archives. But what she discovers in an old codebook is something juicier than she ever imagined.

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir (P.S.)

Neil White

"A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts." —John Grisham "Hilarious, astonishing, and deeply moving." —John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil The emotional, incredible true story of Neil White, a man who discovers the secret to happiness, lead... read more

"A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts." —John Grisham "Hilarious, astonishing, and deeply moving." —John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil The emotional, incredible true story of Neil White, a man who discovers the secret to happiness, lead... read more

No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Erik Weihenmayer, Buddy Levy

National Bestseller and Honorable Mention Award Winner in the Outdoor Literature category of the 2017 National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) — “A beautiful book about family and finding a way to achieve more than you ever thought possible.” —Brad Meltzer, NYT bestselling authorErik Weihenmayer is the first and only blind person to summit Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Descending caref... read more

National Bestseller and Honorable Mention Award Winner in the Outdoor Literature category of the 2017 National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) — “A beautiful book about family and finding a way to achieve more than you ever thought possible.” —Brad Meltzer, NYT bestselling authorErik Weihenmayer is the first and only blind person to summit Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Descending caref... read more

Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks

Mark Woods

Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark's most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks. On the eve of turning 50 and a little burned out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outd... read more

Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark's most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks. On the eve of turning 50 and a little burned out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outd... read more

Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

Lori Gottlieb

Based on the author's childhood journals, “a smart, funny, compassionate journal of the author’s bout with anorexia at age eleven" (Entertainment Weekly) ."I wish to be the thinnest girl at school, or maybe even the thinnest eleven-year-old on the entire planet," confides Lori Gottlieb to her diary. "I mean, what are girls supposed to wish for, other than being thin?" For a girl growing up in ... read more

Based on the author's childhood journals, “a smart, funny, compassionate journal of the author’s bout with anorexia at age eleven" (Entertainment Weekly) ."I wish to be the thinnest girl at school, or maybe even the thinnest eleven-year-old on the entire planet," confides Lori Gottlieb to her diary. "I mean, what are girls supposed to wish for, other than being thin?" For a girl growing up in ... read more

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

Conor Grennan

“Funny, touching, tragic….A remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land—and one man’s extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents.”—Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of OutcastsLittle Princes is the epic story of Conor Grennan’s battle to save the lost children of Nepal and how he found himself in the process. Part Three C... read more

“Funny, touching, tragic….A remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land—and one man’s extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents.”—Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of OutcastsLittle Princes is the epic story of Conor Grennan’s battle to save the lost children of Nepal and how he found himself in the process. Part Three C... read more

In This Together: My Story

Ann Romney

When Mitt and Ann Romney met in their late teens, a great American love story began. And their life together would be blessed: five healthy sons, financial security, and a home filled with joy. Despite the typical ups and downs, they had a storybook life.Then, in 1998, Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She couldn't believe it was real; there were no therapies or treatments to help her... read more

When Mitt and Ann Romney met in their late teens, a great American love story began. And their life together would be blessed: five healthy sons, financial security, and a home filled with joy. Despite the typical ups and downs, they had a storybook life.Then, in 1998, Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She couldn't believe it was real; there were no therapies or treatments to help her... read more

I'm Not Slowing Down: Winning My Battle with Osteoporosis

Ann Richards

The former Texas governor shares her personal battle with osteoporosis in an inspirational memoir that also provides valuable guidelines on how to combat the devastating impact of the disease, with tips on diet, exercise, medication, and other therapeutic options. 60,000 first printing.

The former Texas governor shares her personal battle with osteoporosis in an inspirational memoir that also provides valuable guidelines on how to combat the devastating impact of the disease, with tips on diet, exercise, medication, and other therapeutic options. 60,000 first printing.

Heres the Story :maureen Mccormick

Maureen Mccormick

"Here's The Story" book signed by Maureen McCormick on November 1, 2008 in Chino Hills, CA. Maureen was as nice as could be and really enjoyed meeting her many fans. Book is hardcover, 1st edition with minor handling from the signing process. Maureen signed with an "XOXO", heart and her signature in black sharpie. Plus we will also include 10 4x6 color photos from the book signing (photos are ... read more

"Here's The Story" book signed by Maureen McCormick on November 1, 2008 in Chino Hills, CA. Maureen was as nice as could be and really enjoyed meeting her many fans. Book is hardcover, 1st edition with minor handling from the signing process. Maureen signed with an "XOXO", heart and her signature in black sharpie. Plus we will also include 10 4x6 color photos from the book signing (photos are ... read more

Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood

Jenny McCarthy

New York Times bestsellerJenny McCarthy’s hilarious, no-holds-barred personality has made her an instantly recognizable TV personality and a bestselling author. In Baby Laughs she examines the full range of challenges that new mothers face, including:* The humiliations of postnatal “numbing spray,” Tucks medicated pads, and adult diapers; jelly belly, balding, and gum disease; and becoming a “... read more

New York Times bestsellerJenny McCarthy’s hilarious, no-holds-barred personality has made her an instantly recognizable TV personality and a bestselling author. In Baby Laughs she examines the full range of challenges that new mothers face, including:* The humiliations of postnatal “numbing spray,” Tucks medicated pads, and adult diapers; jelly belly, balding, and gum disease; and becoming a “... read more

A Girl's Life Online

Katherine Tarbox

Katherine Tarbox was thirteen when she met twenty-three-year-old "Mark" in an online chat room. A top student and nationally ranked swimmer attending an elite school in an affluent Connecticut town, Katie was also a lonely and self-conscious eighth-grader who craved the attention her workaholic parents couldn't give her. "Mark" seemed to understand her; he told her she was smart and wonderful.... read more

Katherine Tarbox was thirteen when she met twenty-three-year-old "Mark" in an online chat room. A top student and nationally ranked swimmer attending an elite school in an affluent Connecticut town, Katie was also a lonely and self-conscious eighth-grader who craved the attention her workaholic parents couldn't give her. "Mark" seemed to understand her; he told her she was smart and wonderful.... read more

The Quilter's Apprentice: A Novel (The Elm Creek Quilts Book 1)

Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini’s bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series starts with The Quilter’s Apprentice, a timeless tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness as two women weave the disparate pieces of their lives into a bountiful and harmonious whole, and begin the legacy of the Elm Street Quilters.When Sarah McClure and her husband, Matt, move to Waterford, Pennsylvania, she hopes to make a fresh st... read more

Jennifer Chiaverini’s bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series starts with The Quilter’s Apprentice, a timeless tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness as two women weave the disparate pieces of their lives into a bountiful and harmonious whole, and begin the legacy of the Elm Street Quilters.When Sarah McClure and her husband, Matt, move to Waterford, Pennsylvania, she hopes to make a fresh st... read more

Sugar: A Novel

Bernice L. McFadden

"Strong and folksy storytelling...think Zora Neale Hurston...Sugar speaks of what is real." --The Dallas Morning NewsFrom an exciting new voice in African-American contemporary fiction comes a novel Ebony praised for its "unforgettable images, unique characters, and moving story that keeps the pages turning until the end." The Chicago Defender calls Sugar "a literary explosion...McFadden revea... read more

"Strong and folksy storytelling...think Zora Neale Hurston...Sugar speaks of what is real." --The Dallas Morning NewsFrom an exciting new voice in African-American contemporary fiction comes a novel Ebony praised for its "unforgettable images, unique characters, and moving story that keeps the pages turning until the end." The Chicago Defender calls Sugar "a literary explosion...McFadden revea... read more

Second House from the Corner: A Novel of Marriage, Secrets, and Lies

Sadeqa Johnson

"A captivating tale to savor about a woman whose buried past threatens her picture perfect family life. Felicia is a wonderfully flawed, compelling main character, one who has stayed with me long after I finished the book. A winning novel from a writer to watch." -Benilde Little, bestselling authorFelicia Lyons, a ­­­­­­­ stressed out stay-at-home mom, struggles to sprint ahead of the demands ... read more

"A captivating tale to savor about a woman whose buried past threatens her picture perfect family life. Felicia is a wonderfully flawed, compelling main character, one who has stayed with me long after I finished the book. A winning novel from a writer to watch." -Benilde Little, bestselling authorFelicia Lyons, a ­­­­­­­ stressed out stay-at-home mom, struggles to sprint ahead of the demands ... read more

When Did I Get Like This?: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be

Amy Wilson

“Amy Wilson’s hilarious, tender memoir…had me laughing out loud with recognition. She captures the small moments of motherhood in a way that is both funny and thought-provoking.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project From the creator and star of the one-woman off-Broadway show Mother Load, comes When Did I Get Like This?, a screamingly funny take on being a modern woman, wife, and mo... read more

“Amy Wilson’s hilarious, tender memoir…had me laughing out loud with recognition. She captures the small moments of motherhood in a way that is both funny and thought-provoking.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project From the creator and star of the one-woman off-Broadway show Mother Load, comes When Did I Get Like This?, a screamingly funny take on being a modern woman, wife, and mo... read more

America's Boy

Wade Rouse

A journalist remembers his childhood struggles to gain acceptance from the jeans-wearing set, his envy of his admired older brother, his parent's atypical personalities, his struggle with his sexual identity, and the Fourth of July accident that ended his brother's life. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

A journalist remembers his childhood struggles to gain acceptance from the jeans-wearing set, his envy of his admired older brother, his parent's atypical personalities, his struggle with his sexual identity, and the Fourth of July accident that ended his brother's life. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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Brooke Eikmeier

Absolutely amazing. I am so happy to have met and collaborated with Laurie. She’s smart, professional and encouraging. Total package.

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Brooke Eikmeier, June 2018


larry center

Laurie did a great job!

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larry center, June 2018


Becca St. John

A gem of an editor. Finely tuned edits plus keen perceptions to trends and placement. Laurie Chittenden is clear, knowledgeable and spot-on with insights. She couples a solid foundation in editing and publishing, with a finger on the pulse of change. And a pleasure to work with!

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Becca St. John, May 2018


Jeffrey Loustau

Laurie Chittenden is an excellent editor. For my historical fiction she has provided thoughtful criticism and offered astute observations, particularly on imbuing the characters with emotional depth. She’s a consummate professional, faithfully honoring her commitments in a timely fashion, providing both a summary of her thorough review as well as redline comments at key junctures. Above all,...

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Jeffrey Loustau, May 2018


P.H. Fisher

Laurie is the consummate professional editor! She deserves a Five Star review all the way. In addition to her eye for detail, she is incredibly insightful as to the big picture. She also has a wonderful, kind personality to go with her sharp intellect:) A fantastic experience.

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P.H. Fisher, April 2018

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