Kerry Zukus

Kerry Zukus - Ghostwriter Tick

Little Silver, NJ, USA

New York Times Bestselling author/ghostwriter/editor/book doctor of over 40 books in multiple genres

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Overview

My debut novel, the family drama, "The Fourth House," was a Featured Selection of the Book of the Month Club©, the Doubleday Book Club©, and the Literary Guild©, divisions of Random House/Doubleday Entertainment, where it sold out its first two printings. "The Fourth House" had previously been named a finalist for the prestigious James Jones Award, annually given to the best first novel by an American author.

In the literary world, I have worked invisibly behind the scenes for years, ghostwriting numerous books in a wide variety of genres. In and around the greater New York City area (the Mecca of American publishing) I have held the position of Head Writer, General Manager, Development Consultant, and Senior Writer at various publishing concerns, overseeing and editing books by other writers and acting as mentor and teacher to talents young and old. My articles on the art of ghostwriting have been published in the bible of the publishing industry, Publishers Weekly. I have authored, co-authored, edited, or ghostwritten nearly 50 books.

In addition to assisting clients with manuscripts for self-publishing, I specialize in agent and publisher querying, as well as book proposal creation for those seeking traditional (advance-paying) publishing, garnering numerous agent and publishing contracts for my clients, including six-figure advances and a major motion picture deal.

An eclectic artisan, I am an alumnus of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where I studied composition and arranging, while also treading the boards as an actor in theaters all over New England. I have also played with fellow Berklee-ites Melissa Ethridge, Steve Vai, Branford Marsalis, Kathy Troccoli, and Aimee Mann. Writing about music, theater, the arts, and entertainment come naturally to me.

Having written in multiple genres, I am comfortable and skilled at writing in male or female voice, young or old, etc., always properly capturing the unique voice of my client.

Located in the metro NYC area, I am plugged in yet fully able to travel extensively if requested.

"Ghostwriting requires the absence of ego, a kind and empathetic soul, a thespian’s ear, a diligent work ethic, a love of loneliness as well as the human family, a sense of humor, an embrace of all learning, a passing knowledge of everything, patience, loyalty, stability, and a character worthy of trust. These are the words by which I conduct my affairs and lead my life.”

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Music
Parenting & Families
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Thriller

Awards

  • Finalist, James Jones Award, best first novel by an American author

Work experience

Full-time, self-employed, professional/agented/published author and ghostwriter

Self-employed
October, 2002 – Present (about 16 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

From Harvard to Hell...and Back: A Doctor’s Journey through Addiction to Recovery

M.D. Sylvester Sviokla III, Kerry Zukus

Dr. Sylvester "Skip" Sviokla lived life as a successful, driven, athletic, and brilliant graduate of Harvard Medical School, reveling in wealth and glamour as a "celebrity doctor" until addiction brought his life crashing down. This real-life "Dr. House" had it all (he thought) until addiction took everything. Miraculously, recovery gave him back his family, his self-respect, and much more.The... read more

Dr. Sylvester "Skip" Sviokla lived life as a successful, driven, athletic, and brilliant graduate of Harvard Medical School, reveling in wealth and glamour as a "celebrity doctor" until addiction brought his life crashing down. This real-life "Dr. House" had it all (he thought) until addiction took everything. Miraculously, recovery gave him back his family, his self-respect, and much more.The... read more

Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story ... and Why It Matters Today

Edouard Kayihura, Kerry Zukus

In 2004, the Academy Award–nominated movie Hotel Rwanda lionized hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina for single-handedly saving the lives of all who sought refuge in the Hotel des Mille Collines during Rwanda’s genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Because of the film, the real-life Rusesabagina has been compared to Oskar Schindler, but unbeknownst to the public, the hotel’s refugees do not endorse ... read more

In 2004, the Academy Award–nominated movie Hotel Rwanda lionized hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina for single-handedly saving the lives of all who sought refuge in the Hotel des Mille Collines during Rwanda’s genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Because of the film, the real-life Rusesabagina has been compared to Oskar Schindler, but unbeknownst to the public, the hotel’s refugees do not endorse ... read more

Inside Seka

Seka

"The Mount Rushmore of Adult Entertainment has four heads: John Holmes, Marilyn Chambers, Jenna Jameson, and Seka. That's it; there ain't no more." - Bill Margold, famed adult film actor, agent, producer, director, and activist Seka-The Platinum Princess, the Marilyn Monroe of Porn, the queen of XXX cinema's Golden Age, and John Holmes' favorite leading lady. Seka is a legendary performer in t... read more

"The Mount Rushmore of Adult Entertainment has four heads: John Holmes, Marilyn Chambers, Jenna Jameson, and Seka. That's it; there ain't no more." - Bill Margold, famed adult film actor, agent, producer, director, and activist Seka-The Platinum Princess, the Marilyn Monroe of Porn, the queen of XXX cinema's Golden Age, and John Holmes' favorite leading lady. Seka is a legendary performer in t... read more

The Daughter-in-law Society: How far would you go to solve your mother-in-law issues? (Volume 1)

Patricia Bachkoff Weber

Enjoy escaping into the world of wealthy extravagance, romance, humor, and dramatic and unexpected cliffhangers, plot twists and turns when this fast-paced chick lit novel pushes the limits to resolve a very real issue between two women who love the same man. It wasn’t a cult – or was it? The Society is an exclusive, underground club to help women cope with their mother-in-law problems. But wh... read more

Enjoy escaping into the world of wealthy extravagance, romance, humor, and dramatic and unexpected cliffhangers, plot twists and turns when this fast-paced chick lit novel pushes the limits to resolve a very real issue between two women who love the same man. It wasn’t a cult – or was it? The Society is an exclusive, underground club to help women cope with their mother-in-law problems. But wh... read more

The Secrets of Money: A Guide for Everyone on Practical Financial Literacy

Braun Mincher

Considered by many to be the "Encyclopedia of Personal Finance," this book for adults was written to be the single source of what you really need to know to be financially literate in the real world. Written in a conversational and easy-to-read format, the concise information is presented in a practical versus a theoretical manner and is appropriate for consumers of all education and income le... read more

Considered by many to be the "Encyclopedia of Personal Finance," this book for adults was written to be the single source of what you really need to know to be financially literate in the real world. Written in a conversational and easy-to-read format, the concise information is presented in a practical versus a theoretical manner and is appropriate for consumers of all education and income le... read more

Thread of Life: An Adoption Story

Mike Doiron

Thread of Life: An Adoption Story is the true story of an adopted child’s journey to find his birth parents. The adoption process can often leave many unanswered questions for the adoptee, the adopted parents, and even the eventual offspring of an adopted child. It has been said that adoption is more like a marriage than a birth, with two or more individuals, each with their own unique mix of ... read more

Thread of Life: An Adoption Story is the true story of an adopted child’s journey to find his birth parents. The adoption process can often leave many unanswered questions for the adoptee, the adopted parents, and even the eventual offspring of an adopted child. It has been said that adoption is more like a marriage than a birth, with two or more individuals, each with their own unique mix of ... read more

Blood in the Water

Wilson Smith

DESIRE AND DISASTER IN THE BIG EASY. Happy-go-lucky Andrew Savoie thinks he s found his dream job when he s hired as a mortgage broker by Jerry Bisantz, the B in A&B Mortgage. When sexy, sophisticated Virginia Bard, the dissatisfied wife of a millionaire real estate mogul, takes him on as her lover, Andrew is convinced he s got it made. That s when disaster strikes in the form of the largest, ... read more

DESIRE AND DISASTER IN THE BIG EASY. Happy-go-lucky Andrew Savoie thinks he s found his dream job when he s hired as a mortgage broker by Jerry Bisantz, the B in A&B Mortgage. When sexy, sophisticated Virginia Bard, the dissatisfied wife of a millionaire real estate mogul, takes him on as her lover, Andrew is convinced he s got it made. That s when disaster strikes in the form of the largest, ... read more

Resume of a Disciple: Stepping Up Spiritually

Alberta Velma Fredricksen

A MANUAL TO UNLOCK YOUR SPIRITUAL POTENTIAL - Did you ever wish your baby came with a manual? How about a manual for a loving enduring marriage? We need manuals for life! Wouldn't it be great to have a step-by-step roadmap - a job description for our spiritual life - just as your job description at work shows you what is expected of you if you are to succeed? Resume of a Disciple offers an eas... read more

A MANUAL TO UNLOCK YOUR SPIRITUAL POTENTIAL - Did you ever wish your baby came with a manual? How about a manual for a loving enduring marriage? We need manuals for life! Wouldn't it be great to have a step-by-step roadmap - a job description for our spiritual life - just as your job description at work shows you what is expected of you if you are to succeed? Resume of a Disciple offers an eas... read more

Billy Cooks Like A Mother!

Billy Kounoupis

Business Lessons From Behind the Grill or Wherever You Want to Be As anyone who’s ever watched cable TV knows, running a restaurant may be one of the toughest businesses out there—but it has a lot of lessons to teach any would-be entrepreneur. From Gordon Ramsay (BBC’s Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares) to Robert Irvine (Food Network’s Dinner Impossible), people have been enthralled by just what goe... read more

Business Lessons From Behind the Grill or Wherever You Want to Be As anyone who’s ever watched cable TV knows, running a restaurant may be one of the toughest businesses out there—but it has a lot of lessons to teach any would-be entrepreneur. From Gordon Ramsay (BBC’s Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares) to Robert Irvine (Food Network’s Dinner Impossible), people have been enthralled by just what goe... read more

Betrayal and the Beast: One man's journey through childhood sexual abuse, sexual addiction and recovery!

Peter S. Pelullo

CEO and International Entrepreneur Reveals Sexual Abuse When seven-year-old Peter Pelullo suffered multiple sexual-abuse attacks at the hands of two older neighborhood kids, no one in his 1950s middle-class world knew what to do. Everyone hoped he would just forget about it. But Pete couldn t forget. Scarred and tormented, he started down a path of unremitting sexual promiscuity, headed toward... read more

CEO and International Entrepreneur Reveals Sexual Abuse When seven-year-old Peter Pelullo suffered multiple sexual-abuse attacks at the hands of two older neighborhood kids, no one in his 1950s middle-class world knew what to do. Everyone hoped he would just forget about it. But Pete couldn t forget. Scarred and tormented, he started down a path of unremitting sexual promiscuity, headed toward... read more

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