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Ernie J. Zelinski's Biography

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Jan 2008

Ernie J. Zelinski is an international best-selling author, innovator, life-coach, unconventional career expert, and creativity consultant.

Ernie's many life-changing books have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals from all walks of life in their career transitions and in achieving a better work/life balance.

Ernie is the author of the two international bestsellers How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free  (over 150,000 copies sold and published in 9 languages) and The Joy of Not Working (over 250,000 copies sold and published in 17 languages).

Ernie has negotiated over 107 book deals with publishers in 28 countries for his various creative works — which have now sold over 700,000 copies.

Ernie speaks on the topics of retirement planning, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, and creativity.

The Turkish National Society for Quality recently flew Ernie first class to Istanbul to have Ernie speak about The Joy of Not Working to 2,000 executives and scholars attending its 17th annual convention. 

Ernie managed to leverage getting fired from his engineering position over 25 years ago into a rewarding and lucrative career, earning a great living without a real job, showing others how to do so as well.

Ernie's latest work is the unconventional Career Success Without a Real Job: The Career Book for People Too Smart to Work in Corporations. Another recent work is 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting.

He is presently transforming his The 777 Best Things Ever Said about Money (Japanese rights sold) and Life's Secret Handbook for Having Great Friends (French and Spanish rights sold) into Creative Downloadable Free E-Books to be used as viral marketing tools for his other successful books.  

Ernie Zelinski has books have been published by the following publishers:

  • Ten Speed Press (Berkeley, California)
  • Thomas Moore Publishing (Allen, Texas)
  • Stanké International (Montreal/Paris)
  • Amat Editorial (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Gestión 2000 (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Ediciones B., S.A. (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Oniro in Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Editorial Armenia (Milan, Italy)
  • Editorial Presença (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Group Eyrolles (Paris, France)
  • Mirananda (The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (Munich, Germany)
  • Kedros Publishing (Athens, Greece)
  • Kustannusosakeyhtiö Nemo (Helsinki, Finland)
  • PPM Publishing (Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • Boyner (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Think Tank Publishing (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • CITIC Publishing House (Beijing, China)
  • Yuan-Liou Publishing (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Voice Incorporated (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Open Knowledge Corporation (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Mulpure Publishing (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Diamond Inc (Tokyo, Japan
  • Like a Wildflower Publishing (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Joong Ang Daily News (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Gayatri/Livebook Publishing (Moscow, Russia)
  • Prime-Evroznak (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • Wydawnictwo MUDRA (Krzeszowice, Poland)
  • Portal (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Editora Sextante (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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Visit one of Ernie Zelinski's Blogs:

Visit one of Ernie's Websites:

  1. The Retirement Quotes Cafe
  2.  Ernie Zelinski on Twitter
  3. Ernie Zelinski on Linked-In 
  4. Ernie Zelinski - Expert on Self-Growth
  5. Retirement Jobs


Richard Bach
Werner Erhard
Robert J. Ringer
Roger von Oech
Eckhart Tolle
Violet Zelinski

Upcoming Works

777 Best Things Ever Said about Money

The Joy of Not Being Married: The Essential Guide for Singles and Those Who Wish They Were - 21st Century Edition

Life's Ludicrous Handbook: An Eclectic Collection of Smile-Provoking Oddities

How to Make Money While You Sleep

Life's Secret Handbook for Having Great Friends

Life's Secret Guide to Happiness

The 777 Best Things Ever Said about Sex, Love, Marriage, Divorce, and Being Single

Fools and Their Money

Zen I Got Rich

The Joy of Being Retired: Why Retirement Rocks(and Work Sucks)


Tuttle Mori Agency (Tokyo, Japan)
Japan UNI Agency (Tokyo, Japan)
Bardon-Chinese Media Agency (Taipei, Taiwan)
Shin Won Agency (Seoul, South Korea)
Bestun Korea Literary Agency (Seoul, South Korea)

Recommended Links


Random House (New York, NY)
Ten Speed Press (Berkeley, California)
Amat Editorial (Barcelona, Spain)
Gestión 2000 (Barcelona, Spain)
Ediciones B., S.A. (Barcelona, Spain)
Editora Sextante (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
CITIC Publishing House (Beijing, China)