Laurie Chittenden

Laurie Chittenden – Editor

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


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.
Biographies & Memoirs Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Middle Grade Romance Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • New York University Adjunct Professor Manuscript Editing
  • Radcliffe Publishing Course
  • BA in English and History, College of William & Mary
  • Women's Media Group member

Work experience


Nov, 2017 — Present

St. Martin’s Press a division of Macmillan, USA

May, 2014 — Nov, 2017 (over 3 years)

Hyperion, a division of ABC/Disney

Sep, 2011 — Oct, 2012 (about 1 year)

HarperCollins, a division of Newscorp

May, 2006 — Sep, 2011 (over 5 years)

Dutton, a division of Penguin Group USA, Pearson

Feb, 2000 — May, 2006 (about 6 years)

Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS

Sep, 1994 — Feb, 2000 (over 5 years)

Hyperion, a division of the Walt Disney Comapny

Aug, 1993 — Sep, 1994 (about 1 year)

Rizzoli Books

May, 1989 — May, 1993 (about 4 years)


“There’s not a better Southern author writing today than Lisa Patton. Funny, touching, and full of twists and turns. I couldn’t have loved it more.” – Fannie Flagg, New York Times bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CaféRush is recom... read more
"[The Summer I Met Jack] offers an alternate Kennedy family history that will leave readers wondering whether America knew the real JFK at all." --Kirkus ReviewsNew York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between John F. Kennedy and Alicia Corning Cl... read more
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 brot... 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 ... 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 watc... read more
Sugar: A Novel

Bernice L.

"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 character... 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 l... 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 ... 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 hum... 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 wi... read more
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 opti... 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,... 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 Prin... 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 plane... 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, Yo... 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 bes... 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 Midni... read more
...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 o... 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 t... 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... 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, alo... 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 gener... 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 Yo... 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 ... 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... read more

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Teresa B.

Teresa B.

Sep, 2023

My experience with Laurie has been outstanding. She is professional and responsive. The feedack she delivered was relevant, helpful, and insightful but also kind and considerate.
Liv Maadele M.

Liv Maadele M.

Sep, 2023

It has been an absolute pleasure working with Laurie! She is so talented, proffesional and always delivers on time. And she delivers so much more than agreed (and payed for). She has guided me all the way from the developmental editing process to the query letter. And she has been such an helpful and inspirational guide. She quickly understands what it is you would like to do, and then she he...
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Rebecca D.

Rebecca D.

Sep, 2023

Laurie is superb. I felt nervous about sharing my experimental novel with an editor. I wasn't sure which direction I wanted to go with the manuscript, I just knew I wanted someone who could tune into what I was trying to achieve and help me realize my vision, as opposed to trying to make the book fit a preconceived template. Laurie was definitely the right helper for me. She's not only very...
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Dave O.

Dave O.

Aug, 2023

Very thoughtful and complete with many great suggestions. Excellent value for the money.
Richard D.

Richard D.

Aug, 2023

Laurie has made a tremendous contribution to my novel with her comments. Thanks to her, it is getting deeper and cleaner. She took the time to understand what I am trying to accomplish with my manuscript and has worked hard to help me get there. Her advice is sharp, insightful, and to the point. And she is fun to work with. (That last point may sound like an odd thing to say about one's editor,...
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