Don Ellis

It's a little-known fact that the best copywriters in the world have naturally curly hair. You can trust me on that because it's not the sort of thing I'd just make up.

In 26 years as a copywriter and creative director, I've written print ads, TV commercials, brand campaigns, product and service brochures, direct marketing collaterols, speeches, PR releases and invitation letters. And I've done it for a variety of clients.

I write serious, humorous, imaginative, touching and technical copy. I'm good, fast, friendly and curly-haired ... something you now know to look for in a professional.

You can reach me at


I began my working life in manufacturing -- 16 years with four manufacturing companies -- before I turned to writing in 1988. That early business experience stays with me today as a reminder that the ultimate goal of advertising is selling.

I have 19 years of agency experience with DDB Needham, Leo Burnett, and McCann Erickson -- and 13 years with my own company.

My online portfolio is protected to keep client work confidential, but send me an email and I'll send you the password. In the meantime, here are two projects I enjoyed.


I've edited two novels and two short-story collections by author Leela Devi Panikar and we're still married, so I'm sure I can please you.


Some of my photos are at Kleptography, where you can see how bananas grow, check out praying mantises, visit the pumpkin patch, and read my tsunami diary -- 10 years after the event, that page still ranks #1 in a Google search for tsunami diary ... and without advertising. Content really is important.


I've recently been adding to my blog. And yes, I took the smoking photo below -- the chair is from my office, the writing pad is from Italy, the shell is from Thailand, and the cigar ... well, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

A strong call-to-action traditionally goes here, but really, you know if your business can benefit from better words and photos ...

I'll be at my desk

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