Lisa Sharkey, the former “Good Morning America” producer selected by HarperCollins to fill the shoes of Judith Regan, has tapped several editors from Regan’s former imprint to join her staff.
ReganBooks longtimers Doug Grad and Matt Harper were named senior editor and editor, respectively, of HarperCollins’ Creative Development Team, headed by Sharkey.
Maureen O’Brien, a five-year HarperCollins vet who has worked with Sydney Sheldon and Clive Barker, was named executive editor. Stephanie Fraser was named associated editor, reporting to O’Brien and Grad.
In the wake of Regan’s acrimonious departure from HarperCollins, the publisher shuttered her West Coast publishing operation and offered jobs to many of her former employees in New York.
HarperCollins tapped Sharkey to head its newly created Creative Development Team to aggressively chase pop-culture and ripped-from-the-headlines tomes to farm out to various HarperCollins imprints.
“When a story breaks, the next question is, Who is writing a book about it?” Sharkey said. “We want to be the first to have that conversation.”