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Paul Slansky

Paul Slansky - Editor

Los Angeles, United States

I'm a writer/editor with a particular ability to help people get their books out of their heads and onto the page. Call me a Book Whisperer.

Overview

Reviews (2)

I am the author of six books, among them "The Clothes Have No Emperor," "My Bad: The Apology Anthology," and "The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals." I have written extensively for, among dozens of other publications, The New Yorker, Spy, and The New York Times, and blogged regularly for The Huffington Post. My work has been anthologized in "White Noise: The Eminem Collection," "The I Hate George W. Bush Reader," and other compilations. I edited Norman Lear's memoir ("Even This I Get To Experience") and Carole Bayer Sager's memoir ("They're Playing Our Song"), and worked closely with Carrie Fisher over the course of her writing career, editing her first book (the novel "Postcards From the Edge") and her last (the memoir "The Princess Diarist"). I am an excellent collaborator, pay attention to the smallest details, and my strong sense of humor will, if necessary, help to add humor to your work. I am also capable of ghostwriting your book, doing research for it, or doing pretty much anything that will keep the process moving forward.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Humor & Comedy Literature Plays & Screenplays Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment History Music Politics & Current Affairs

Work experience

President

B. Bear Productions, Inc.
April, 1985 – Present (over 32 years)

In addition to what's in the Overview, I co-created the NBC sitcom Fired Up (1997-98) and co-wrote the film Picture Perfect (1997). I have worked on several comedic TV news pilots , and am currently developing a politically-based game show.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Even This I Get to Experience

Norman Lear

"This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written… An absolute treasure." --Booklist (STARRED)In my ninety-plus years I’ve lived a multitude of lives. In the course of all these lives, I had a front-row seat at the birth of television; wrote, produced, created, or developed more than a hundred shows; had nine on the air at the same time; founded the 300,000-member liberal advo... read more

"This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written… An absolute treasure." --Booklist (STARRED)In my ninety-plus years I’ve lived a multitude of lives. In the course of all these lives, I had a front-row seat at the birth of television; wrote, produced, created, or developed more than a hundred shows; had nine on the air at the same time; founded the 300,000-member liberal advo... read more

The Clothes Have No Emperor: A Chronicle of the American '80s

Paul Slansky

A scathingly funny scrapbook of the eighties--loaded with hundreds of outrageous quotes, astounding photographs, bizarre facts, and implausible events.

A scathingly funny scrapbook of the eighties--loaded with hundreds of outrageous quotes, astounding photographs, bizarre facts, and implausible events.

Postcards from the Edge

Carrie Fisher

This bestselling Hollywood novel by the witty author of Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic that was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.When we first meet the extraordinary young actress Suzanne Vale, she’s feeling like “something on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not even someone interesting.” Suzanne is in the harrowing and hilarious throes of drug rehabilitation, t... read more

This bestselling Hollywood novel by the witty author of Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic that was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.When we first meet the extraordinary young actress Suzanne Vale, she’s feeling like “something on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not even someone interesting.” Suzanne is in the harrowing and hilarious throes of drug rehabilitation, t... read more

They're Playing Our Song: A Memoir

Carole Bayer Sager

The New York Times Bestseller Grammy and Academy Award–winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares the remarkably frank and darkly funny story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations with some of the greatest composers and musical artists of our time.For five decades, Carole Bayer Sager has been among ... read more

The New York Times Bestseller Grammy and Academy Award–winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares the remarkably frank and darkly funny story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations with some of the greatest composers and musical artists of our time.For five decades, Carole Bayer Sager has been among ... read more

The Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie. *PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Fall 2016 *New York Times Bestseller * Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, featuring Carrie Fisher, is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017. Bright Lights: Starring Ca... read more

The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie. *PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Fall 2016 *New York Times Bestseller * Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, featuring Carrie Fisher, is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017. Bright Lights: Starring Ca... read more

What Was I Thinking?: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories

Barbara Davilman, Liz Dubelman

The stories you are about to read are true. Often hilarious and always relatable, they all describe the moment when good sense and simple self-respect triumph over the human need to be loved—or, at least, the need to be with a particular man. The relationship may not last beyond lunch, or it may linger for weeks, months, or even years. But inside, you know: it’s over. What Was I Thinking?58 Ba... read more

The stories you are about to read are true. Often hilarious and always relatable, they all describe the moment when good sense and simple self-respect triumph over the human need to be loved—or, at least, the need to be with a particular man. The relationship may not last beyond lunch, or it may linger for weeks, months, or even years. But inside, you know: it’s over. What Was I Thinking?58 Ba... read more

My Bad: The Apology Anthology

Paul Slansky, Arleen Sorkin

Updated to include new apologies: “[A] densely packed grab bag…an invaluable history lesson, reassuring in its lest-we-forgetness, riveting in its revelations.”—Entertainment Weekly With an additional 200 mind-boggling miscues and mealy-mouthed mea culpas, My Bad celebrates the best of this year’s most exquisitely squirm-inducing pleas for forgiveness, from a variety of famous flubbers—Donald ... read more

Updated to include new apologies: “[A] densely packed grab bag…an invaluable history lesson, reassuring in its lest-we-forgetness, riveting in its revelations.”—Entertainment Weekly With an additional 200 mind-boggling miscues and mealy-mouthed mea culpas, My Bad celebrates the best of this year’s most exquisitely squirm-inducing pleas for forgiveness, from a variety of famous flubbers—Donald ... read more

The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals

Paul Slansky

Politics and sex. Nothing captures the attention of the media -- and satisfies the public's thirst for schadenfreude -- quite like our elected officials getting caught with their pants down. In The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals, renowned satirist and New York Times bestselling author Paul Slansky provides a guided tour of this torrid realm of public life. Through a comprehensi... read more

Politics and sex. Nothing captures the attention of the media -- and satisfies the public's thirst for schadenfreude -- quite like our elected officials getting caught with their pants down. In The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals, renowned satirist and New York Times bestselling author Paul Slansky provides a guided tour of this torrid realm of public life. Through a comprehensi... read more

Idiots, Hypocrites, Demagogues, and More Idiots: Not-So-Great Moments in Modern American Politics

Paul Slansky

Outrageous, offensive, and mind-boggling political blunders of the last fifty years, collected here for the first time. There's nothing more enjoyable than when political bigwigs stick their feet in their mouth. Whether discussing foreign policy, the choice of vice-presidential running mate, the State of the Union, or the state of their marriage, the chances to screw up political careers are s... read more

Outrageous, offensive, and mind-boggling political blunders of the last fifty years, collected here for the first time. There's nothing more enjoyable than when political bigwigs stick their feet in their mouth. Whether discussing foreign policy, the choice of vice-presidential running mate, the State of the Union, or the state of their marriage, the chances to screw up political careers are s... read more

Shockaholic

Carrie Fisher

This memoir from the bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking gives you an intimate, gossip-filled look at what it’s like to be the daughter of Hollywood royalty.Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that locked Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life... read more

This memoir from the bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking gives you an intimate, gossip-filled look at what it’s like to be the daughter of Hollywood royalty.Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that locked Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life... read more

Paul has 2 reviews

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Ruby Peru

Excellent and prompt editing.

, October 2017


Ian Keldoulis

Paul did a thorough job correcting the grammar and punctuation of my story. He was very upfront about the timing of the project, managing my expectations about its completion, and delivered it on time. When he communicates he is direct and clear. However, he doesn't clutter up your inbox with a flurry of messages, preferring to quietly push ahead. I would definitely use his services again.

, September 2017

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