Debbie Matsumoto was an English major at the University of California, Berkeley when she had the good fortune to get an internship under Bob San Souci and Clayton Carlson at Harper. Committed to publishing from that time forward, she completed the Stanford Publishing Course and UC Berkeley Extension's publishing courses. She found her first publishing job in the classifieds, as a copy editor at Matthew Bender. She entered trade publishing as a publicity assistant at Chronicle Books, where she worked mostly in publicity for 18 years. She is currently the US publicity and marketing manager for Laurence King, a visual arts publisher based in London.