Michael Weinstein’s 31-year work history reads like a list of top publishing companies: Macmillan, Pitman Publishing, Addison Wesley, Random House, McGraw-Hill, HarperCollins and Pearson Education, among others. Currently, Weinstein is vice president, EDP (editing, design and production) and manufacturing, at Oxford University Press.
Weinstein’s career achievements now are being recognized with his induction into the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame. He is only the second executive from a university press to receive this prestigious award in the Hall of Fame’s 17-year history.
The Value of Experience
Weinstein attended Lehman College, a branch of the City University of New York. His first foray into publishing was on staff—and eventually as editor—of the college magazine. “… those all-night re-write, typing, paste-up sessions hooked me,” he says.
In 1977, Weinstein got his first professional job in publishing at Human Sciences Press in New York, where he oversaw the production of six quarterly journals; bought services such as composition (including hot metal) and printing; hired and managed freelance copy editors and proofreaders; designed a journal and a book cover; and more.
Since then, Weinstein has been employed by 12 publishing houses. Today, he oversees a staff of approximately 50 people in two locations in production, manufacturing and more for Oxford University Press projects produced in the United States—approximately 900 titles per year—including academic, trade, medical, higher education, reference, legal titles and Bibles.
“We’re responsible for [the entire process from] manuscript through [getting the books to the] warehouse—including editing, proofreading, design, production and manufacturing,” he says, “[and] for production of companion Web sites.”
Among his favorite aspects of his job, Weinstein says, is “working with all parts of the company to figure out the issues (e.g., content management, multiple deliveries, process/workflow, costs, etc.) and moving the department and company forward.”
The greatest challenge he faces? Finding “even more” efficiencies in time and money, he says. “Production directors are always being asked for more. We need to serve the needs of our company without burning out our staff or putting our vendors out of business. It means being more creative … ,” adds Weinstein.