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Claire Ruston

Claire Ruston - Ghostwriter

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

I’m a non-fiction ghostwriter specialising in business, finance, psychology and self-help topics.


I help authors bring their ideas to life – whether that means writing their book completely from scratch, or rewriting and shaping their rough material into a full-fledged book. Whatever the process, the end goal is the always same: helping authors realise their publishing ambitions and boost their business or personal brand.

English (UK)
Business & Management Career Guides Education & Reference Finance & Accounting Psychology Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Writer and Editor


April, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

I work with businesses and authors to create, craft and edit outstanding content. From straplines and banners, blogs and websites, to articles and full-length books, I write compelling copy that helps businesses get noticed. I also polish existing content – this covers the full spectrum of editing services, from basic proofreading to heavy editing and rewriting.

Commissioning Editor, For Dummies


October, 2010 – April, 2014 (over 3 years)

Commissioning editor on the For Dummies reference series, with a focus on business, finance and self-help. My responsibilities included: acquiring how-to content for entrepreneurs, professionals and lifelong learners; finding and vetting authors and negotiating contracts; and working with authors to develop the overall content, structure and tone of their book.

Editorial Manager


May, 2008 – September, 2010 (over 2 years)

Managing CIBSE's technical publishing programme. This included: acquiring new publications and steering authors through the writing and technical review process; setting up and running publication steering groups; and overseeing the book production process.

Commissioning Editor, Psychology


October, 2005 – May, 2008 (over 2 years)

Commissioning applied psychology books for the professional market. Responsibilities included: acquiring content for clinical, forensic and occupational psychologists; researching the latest treatment methods and clinical best practice; and overseeing four psychology research journals.

Assistant Editor


March, 2004 – September, 2005 (over 1 year)

Providing editorial support across Wiley’s psychology publishing programme in the UK.

Portfolio (1 selected work)

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