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Ellis Weiner

Ellis Weiner - Ghostwriter

Los Angeles, United States

I have an extensive history in writing, editing, and teaching humor, parody, and satire, both in articles and novels. Also kids' fiction.

Overview

I specialize in humor, satire, and parody. I've published in a thousand magazines (including as an editor of National Lampoon, a columnist in Spy, and current contributor to The New Yorker), and published over 20 books for adults and middle-grade (9-12) kids. I am founder and editor of the Sherman Oaks Review of Books (a humor magazine). My latest book (co-authored with Steve Radlauer) is Monsters of the Ivy League (Little, Brown).

I've taught comic writing at UCLA and edited others' manuscripts. Oh, and I had a nice ten-year career writing, creating, and producing children's television. Other than that I haven't done anything except cook and play the drums.

Services
Book Ghostwriting Book Proposal Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Humor & Comedy

Work experience

President

Self-employed
January, 2017 – April, 2017 (3 months)

Currently I am editing one writer's memoir and another's novel. I've also edited two war veterans' memoirs.

I've published with many major American publishers, including Little, Brown; Plume; NAL; Dutton; Chronicle Books; and Riverhead Books. My latest book, co-authored with a friend, is MONSTERS OF THE IVY LEAGUE, published on April 11, 2017 (see Portfolio, below).

I've contributed articles to the New Yorker, Spy, Mademoiselle, Air & Space, Smithsonian, Child, Parenting, and others. Many of these magazines no longer exist but that's not my fault.

Speaking of which, I was an editor/writer of National Lampoon.

I founded and am editor of The Sherman Oaks Review of Books, an online humor magazine.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Joy of Worry

Ellis Weiner

Stressed out? Wringing your hands? Great! You're on the path to success, enlightenment, and happiness. Author Ellis Weiner and illustrator Roz Chast, experts in the field of fretting, reveal how to maximize worry, harness its power, and achieve personal goals -- wealth, great sex, safer driving, and world travel. Through focused worrying, dedicated practitioners not only lose weight, they even... read more

Stressed out? Wringing your hands? Great! You're on the path to success, enlightenment, and happiness. Author Ellis Weiner and illustrator Roz Chast, experts in the field of fretting, reveal how to maximize worry, harness its power, and achieve personal goals -- wealth, great sex, safer driving, and world travel. Through focused worrying, dedicated practitioners not only lose weight, they even... read more

Yiddish with Dick and Jane

Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman

Jane is in real estate.Today is Saturday.Jane has an open house.She must schlep the Open House signs to the car.See Jane schlep.Schlep, Jane. Schlep.Schlep, schlep, schlep.In text that captures the unque rhythms of the original Dick and Jane readers, and in 35 all-new illustrations, a story unfolds in which Dick and Jane--hero and heroine of the classic books for children that generations of A... read more

Jane is in real estate.Today is Saturday.Jane has an open house.She must schlep the Open House signs to the car.See Jane schlep.Schlep, Jane. Schlep.Schlep, schlep, schlep.In text that captures the unque rhythms of the original Dick and Jane readers, and in 35 all-new illustrations, a story unfolds in which Dick and Jane--hero and heroine of the classic books for children that generations of A... read more

Howard the Duck

Ellis Weiner

1st edition 1st printing paperback, fine In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

1st edition 1st printing paperback, fine In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One

Ellis Weiner

Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins—adults—named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their rid... read more

Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins—adults—named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their rid... read more

How to Raise a Jewish Dog

Rabbis of Boca Raton Theological Seminary

Questions to Ask a Breeder: 1. What kind of job is this, growing dogs? 2. Are these dogs nice? I mean of course they are. But if not, is this refundable? 3. Is this a stable business? Do you make a decent living? 4. Does the insurance kill you or is it okay? 5. Dogs are animals ? does this mean you qualify for some kind of Federal ranch subsidies? 6. What do I say to people who want to know ho... read more

Questions to Ask a Breeder: 1. What kind of job is this, growing dogs? 2. Are these dogs nice? I mean of course they are. But if not, is this refundable? 3. Is this a stable business? Do you make a decent living? 4. Does the insurance kill you or is it okay? 5. Dogs are animals ? does this mean you qualify for some kind of Federal ranch subsidies? 6. What do I say to people who want to know ho... read more

How to Profit From the Coming Rapture: Getting Ahead When You're Left Behind

Steve Levy, Evie Levy

Are the end times near? Is the Rapture really just around the corner? Could Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson possibly be right? About 1 billion people among us believe, yes, absolutely.And that means one thing: investment opportunities!For those who are not as expertly versed in the Book of Revelation, Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman, authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane, hel... read more

Are the end times near? Is the Rapture really just around the corner? Could Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson possibly be right? About 1 billion people among us believe, yes, absolutely.And that means one thing: investment opportunities!For those who are not as expertly versed in the Book of Revelation, Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman, authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane, hel... read more

Monsters of the Ivy League

Steve Radlauer, Ellis Weiner

First stop: Harvard or Yale or Princeton or...Next stop: Wall Street riches...house on the Vineyard...vineyard with a house...a Nobel Prize...Not so fast.Everybody knows that the schools of the Ivy League-universally touted as the pinnacle of American higher education-have graduated countless political leaders, corporate titans, and global power brokers. But did you know these schools have als... read more

First stop: Harvard or Yale or Princeton or...Next stop: Wall Street riches...house on the Vineyard...vineyard with a house...a Nobel Prize...Not so fast.Everybody knows that the schools of the Ivy League-universally touted as the pinnacle of American higher education-have graduated countless political leaders, corporate titans, and global power brokers. But did you know these schools have als... read more

The Templeton Twins Make a Scene: Book Two

Ellis Weiner

With its kid-perfect humor and dynamic illustrations, Book 1 of the hilarious Templeton Twins series left young readers clamoring for more. This time, Abigail and John Templeton find themselves at TAPAS (the Thespian Academy of the Performing Arts and Sciences) where their father, the illustrious Professor Templeton, has been hired to invent a groundbreaking theatrical device. Once again, ther... read more

With its kid-perfect humor and dynamic illustrations, Book 1 of the hilarious Templeton Twins series left young readers clamoring for more. This time, Abigail and John Templeton find themselves at TAPAS (the Thespian Academy of the Performing Arts and Sciences) where their father, the illustrious Professor Templeton, has been hired to invent a groundbreaking theatrical device. Once again, ther... read more

The Big Jewish Book for Jews: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Really Jewish Jew

Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman

A hilarious compendium of traditional wisdom, recipes, and lore from the authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane. Modern Jews have forgotten cherished traditions and become, sadly, all- too assimilated. It's enough to make you meshugeneh. Today's Jews need to relearn the old ways so that cultural identity means something other than laughing knowingly at Curb Your Enthusiasm- and ... read more

A hilarious compendium of traditional wisdom, recipes, and lore from the authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane. Modern Jews have forgotten cherished traditions and become, sadly, all- too assimilated. It's enough to make you meshugeneh. Today's Jews need to relearn the old ways so that cultural identity means something other than laughing knowingly at Curb Your Enthusiasm- and ... read more

Arffirmations: Meditations for Your Dog

Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman

Yes, you're spiritually enlightened.But is your dog?With Arffirmations, any dog—of any age, breed, or gender—can attain the same level of personal enlightenment and metaphysical peace that, until now, only humans could enjoy.Simply present Arffirmations to your dog and allow the animal to read them at his or her own pace. In as little as a week, your pet will experience a new reality. A realit... read more

Yes, you're spiritually enlightened.But is your dog?With Arffirmations, any dog—of any age, breed, or gender—can attain the same level of personal enlightenment and metaphysical peace that, until now, only humans could enjoy.Simply present Arffirmations to your dog and allow the animal to read them at his or her own pace. In as little as a week, your pet will experience a new reality. A realit... read more

Cat-echisms: Fundamentals of Feline Faith

Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman

Everyone knows cats think they're so special.But how can they explain why to mere humans?Where do cats get their sense of superiority? How do they manipulate us so easily? Cat-echisms answers these eternal feline questions in an easy question-and-answer form. The result? A privileged peek inside the feline brain. In the process, cat owners--and even those who admire cats from afar--are enterta... read more

Everyone knows cats think they're so special.But how can they explain why to mere humans?Where do cats get their sense of superiority? How do they manipulate us so easily? Cat-echisms answers these eternal feline questions in an easy question-and-answer form. The result? A privileged peek inside the feline brain. In the process, cat owners--and even those who admire cats from afar--are enterta... read more

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