Weisbach attended Phillips Academy Andover and Stanford
University, where he studied American literature and poetry.
Weisbach began his publishing career as an editorial assistant
at Bantam Doubleday Dell in 1989 and was named Senior
Editor in 1992. There he published three consecutive #1
New York Times bestsellers: Seinlanguage
by Jerry Seinfeld; Couplehood by Paul
Reiser; and My Point...And I Do Have One
by Ellen DeGeneres. His other titles at BDD included
Feeling the Spirit by New York Times photographer
Chester Higgins, Jr. and Alice, an urban
fairy tale by Whoopi Goldberg.
1996 Weisbach was named President and Publisher of Rob
Weisbach Books at William Morrow, where he oversaw the
editorial, publicity, and sales strategy for a list of
highly original fiction and nonfiction. The imprint's
first title, The Tenth Justice, launched the career
of lawyer turned novelist Brad Meltzer and became
an instant New York Times bestseller, as did Babyhood
by Paul Reiser and Book by Whoopi Goldberg.
Other bestselling and critically acclaimed writers Weisbach
published at the imprint included The Daily Show's
Jon Stewart; literary fiction stars A.M. Homes,
Dale Peck, and Amanda Davis; director and
screenwriter Ethan Coen; humorist Sandra Bernhard;
painter and nature writer James Prosek; and U.S.
Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
Weisbach Books received industry honors for innovation
in marketing and jacket and catalogue design. The imprint
also became known for reaching the next generation of
readers through its Virgin Fiction series for first-time
writers and cutting edge visual books including The
Pop-Up Book of Phobias; Tim Burton's cult classic
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy; and the companion
to Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical
Rent. Other imprint titles included The Nazi
Officer's Wife, the Holocaust memoir by Edith Hahn;
Openly Bob, the award-winning collection of essays
by pioneer gay comedian Bob Smith; and Use Me,
the acclaimed literary fiction debut of Vanity Fair
contributor Elissa Schappell.
2002 Weisbach was named Vice President and Editor-at-Large
at Simon & Schuster. There he developed cross-platform
projects with other divisions of parent company Viacom
and published select fiction and nonfiction titles with
the Simon & Schuster adult trade division, among them
the New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All
by Esquire contributor A.J. Jacobs; The
Funny Thing Is...by Ellen DeGeneres; and Without
You by Anthony Rapp.
2005 Weisbach was named to the dual role of President
and CEO of Miramax Books and President and CEO of The
Weinstein Company's new book division. There he oversaw
the publication of the existing Miramax Books list and
built a new infrastructure and publishing program for
Weinstein Books. Miramax Books titles he published included
the New York Times bestsellers The Debutante
Divorcee by Plum Sykes and Ptolemy's Gate
by Jonathan Stroud as well as Lighting the Way
by Karenna Gore Schiff, My Father's Secret War
by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks,
and SPY: The Funny Years by Graydon Carter,
George Kalogerakis, and Kurt Andersen. Weinstein
Books titles included the Giller Prize-winning Bloodletting
and Miraculous Cures by Dr. Vincent Lam; the
New York Times bestseller Quantum Wellness
by Kathy Freston; The Gift of Rain, the
Man Booker-nominated literary debut by Tan Twan Eng;
We Bought a Zoo, a family memoir by Guardian
columnist Benjamin Mee, and The Journal of Helene
Berr, the recently discovered Holocaust diary published
in fifteen countries in fall 2008.
In 2008, Weisbach represented his first project as agent, the literary survival memoir Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad, selling world rights to HarperCollins's Ecco imprint. Ollestad's extraordinary book became a New York Times bestseller, has been sold around the world, was chosen by Starbucks as their summer selection and by Amazon as one of the Ten Best Books of 2009, and was optioned by Warner Brothers for film.