Inside the World of Publishing

with Lisa Sharkey


Are you fantasizing about becoming a published author? How does your vision of what it takes to get published compare to the reality of what’s available to you? Lisa Sharkey, senior vice president and director of creative development at HarperColllins Publishers will teach a master class in how to go from concept to book shelf. Students will learn the ins and outs of what makes a book sell, how to identify the right pathway to success, and the latest trends in publishing avenues. Lisa is known for her out of the box thinking and has been behind the publication of more than 50 New York Times bestsellers. The books she has acquired and published have sold millions of copies all over the world. Prior to her career and book publishing, Lisa was a television news journalist and has won two Emmy awards, a Peabody Award, and a Dupont award for her journalism.


4 Afternoons:  Monday 11/7 – Thursday 11/10, 1:30-4:30pm

A $100 combination discount will be applied when registering for the conference at the same time.


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Lisa Sharkey, SVP and Director of Creative Development at Harper Collins Publishers, was recently described by one of her authors, number one bestseller Congressman Jamie Raskin as a “clairvoyant publishing wizard”. Following more than two decades producing, writing and developing Emmy award-winning network and syndicated television news, Lisa made the switch into books because of her love for literature, storytelling, and going deep.

Sharkey is a champion of powerful, poignant, and persuasive storytelling. More than 75 of the books she has published have become New York Times bestsellers, selling millions of copies in multiple languages across the globe over the past 15 years. Her authors have accomplished extraordinary things and changed the world by telling their stories. Sharkey publishes books in the categories of politics, journalism, true crime, music, sports, medicine, self-help, cooking, mindfulness, science, religion, military life, and inspirational memoir. Sharkey is a mother of three, a yoga teacher, and a mentor of military veterans who are transitioning into civilian life.

She lives in one of New York’s first ever eco houses that she designed along with her architect husband who co-authored their book Dreaming Green.