I'm passionate about powerful voices and the potential for storytelling to heal and transform lives. I've worked with authors as a publicist, editor, and agent for fifteen years, and I created the debut annual program, "Narrative Medicine: A Cutting-Edge Approach to Healthcare" at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. I'm currently teaching a publishing course at Wesleyan University and am about to launch a new kind of online publishing course called The Age of the Storyteller with The Authors Guild. I'm the mother of a soulful pup, Stella Loretta, who has a bouffant and who trains me how to be a kinder and more tolerant human in NYC.
Born and raised in New York City, I’m one of five children and the daughter of a writer. I came of age steeped in the book world. I pursued publishing right out of college because of my life-long inspiration from the power of narrative to transform.
In 2002 I began my career in the heart of investigative journalism at The Nation magazine, founded by abolitionists and the oldest weekly magazine in the United States. It was post-9/11 New York, and as the first web intern I got to cover anti-war protests and protests of corporate corruption and help edit the online magazine. I moved on to spend eight and a half years as a publicist and editor at Vintage and Anchor Books, the paperback division of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at what is now Penguin Random House, LLC. There I built a foundation in publishing by working with the some of the best minds in the industry. I promoted hundreds of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Bill Clinton, Dani Shapiro, Oliver Sacks, Andrew Solomon, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Mary Gaitskill. I learned how to weave books into the cultural conversation through high-profile publicity campaigns, even as I slowly witnessed the shrinking space for traditional publishing in book review pages and through author tours. After working at Random House, I moved on to join Jane Friedman’s innovative ebook company Open Road Integrated Media, where I had a front-row seat to the digital revolution in publishing and saw firsthand the dizzying array of new opportunities and challenges that writers faced.
I launched Lisa Weinert Consulting (LWC) in 2011 to advocate for and guide writers as they explore the vast new world of publishing in the digital age. My goal is to marry the best practices in traditional publishing with all the new opportunities digital publishing affords while keeping authors at the center of the process.
Over the years, I have produced dozens of book projects at every stage of development. I have worked with major publishers like Audible, Library of America and The Feminist Press as well as major authors such as Ethan Nichtern and startup projects like Hearts on Fire, by Jill Iscol, with a foreword by Bill Clinton, and online serial publisher SerialBox. I specialize in narrative nonfiction, women’s leadership, memoir, wellness, yoga, spirituality, and social advocacy.
Alongside my publishing career, I became a committed yoga student. In this practice, I experienced subtler forms of storytelling—the stories we hold in our bodies. I fell in love with yoga when I was struggling with acute depression in college. In my first class, I entered a back-bending posture called “Upward Facing Bow” and felt relief and hope for the first time in many months. I was hooked. I completed a 500-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in 2014 and discovered the profound healing power of restorative yoga. I continued to study with Jillian Pransky and received certifications in restorative and therapeutic yoga. Motivated by my healing journey and my dedication to promoting stories, I partnered with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health to create the debut annual Narrative Medicine Program in 2016.
Whether I’m producing a book project or teaching a yoga class, I’m inspired to empower people to nurture their voices. There is valuable, life saving medicine in our stories that can heal us personally and as a society.
Editorial / Design
I approach editing like a yoga pose: from the ground up, with lots of sweat and even more breathing, to bring life into a story. As an editor at Alfred A. Knopf for six years, I had the privilege of working with some of the greatest writers of our time; my roster of best-selling, prize-winning fiction and nonfiction includes the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Jhumpa Lahiri, of Cheryl Strayed and Patti Smith, of Kevin Kwan and Dave Eggers, and of the shining debut novelists Weike Wang and Jana Casale.
I graduated from Harvard University and the Columbia Publishing Course, and in 2018 completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Works. The holistic nature of my literary engagement is inextricable from my overall worldview and lifestyle. Whether it be through the stories we write and read, a regular practice of yoga and mindfulness, or in the interactions we have in our daily lives, I am passionate about advocating for ways we can all live compassionately and in harmony with each other and nature.
My deep respect for the power of language means that for me, precision in these details of diction, rhythm, and voice is even more important than having an airtight argument or plot. In a well crafted sentence, I find the ultimate pleasure and proof of the power that storytellers have to illuminate the darkest, most unknown parts of our shared experience. I bring this sensitivity to my projects at LWC, where I am continuously thrilled by the process of watching a writer’s prose evolve into a book that perfectly fulfills its mission in the world by finding its ideal platform and audience.