As a four-time author and thirty-year book publishing executive, Lisa Fitzpatrick’s print, film, and audio experience ranges from small presses to environmental initiatives and global brands in feature film and television. In addition to writing/co-authoring/ghostwriting four books showcasing global IP (including AVATAR, Men in Black, and SHREK), she packaged the first fully authorized (and illustrated) directorial biography of Clint Eastwood for Abrams Books (foreword by Stephen Spielberg, preface by Morgan Freeman, sponsor: Technicolor).
Having managed both lines of publishing and world-wide franchises, she’s also identified and developed hundreds of non-fiction titles for the book trade in both digital and print formats—from digital-only novellas and audio courses to dozens of heavily illustrated art, photo and children’s books. She’s assisted in the career development of numerous first-time authors and has had the opportunity to work with a broad variety of artists, from celebrated filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and independent creatives to non-profits and media-driven organizations as a co-writer, ghost writer, book doctor, developmental editor, and book packager.
She's recently received the University of Chicago Graham School Editing Certificate (2022) and has partnered with a tech entrepreneur to develop a series of AI-driven apps .
The Art of AVATAR: James Cameron's Epic Adventure
The Art of AVATAR (Abrams Books) was acquired by Eric Himmel (Vice President, Editor-in-Chief) and is the official art book companion to the original feature film. It includes a preface by Peter Jackson, a foreword by Jon Landau and an epilogue by James Cameron. A bestseller for Abrams, it has sold over 100,000 copies, and been translated into five languages.
The art book was developed on behalf of Abrams Books, (then) 20th Century Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment. In addition to author, Lisa served as editor, photo editor and, as with the many art books she's worked on over the years, executed the book layout as well.
Lisa went on to co-author The Making of AVATAR and later worked directly for James Cameron and Jon Landau, authoring Lightstorm's world building "bible," a 250,000-word, internally published resource for the forthcoming AVATAR film series.
Men in Black Films: The Official Visual Companion2019
CLINT EASTWOOD: Master Filmmaker at Work2012
The Making of AVATAR2010
Dreamworks SHREK: The Art of the Quest2007
Press and Media Mentions
- “Written with a distinctive feel and flair encompassing all four Hollywood films…brimming with insightful commentary.”
- “Vivid, visual storytelling…providing great insight into one of the most beloved alien invader film series."
- “Everything you do is brilliant.” —Lena Tabori, CEO, Welcome Books (sold to Rizzoli) Co-founder, Stewart, Tabori & Chang