Ruby Peru

Ruby Peru - Ghostwriter

Portland, ME, USA

Ghostwriter and memoir specialist. A former McGraw Hill editor with a decade's experience nurturing strong voices.

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Overview

My work as ghostwriter ensures your book sounds like you, enhanced. Your voice will shine through the work and stamp it with your unique sense of humor and viewpoint. At Mcgraw Hill, I edited history textbooks, which gave me a love for setting and culture. As a result, my work with memoirists often shows how larger cultural and social forces shape the most intimate aspects of private lives. Whether your memoir is on business, spirituality, personal recovery/growth, or any other subject, my work as ghostwriter will always emphasize voice and culture as well as the deep motivations of the subjects as they journey through life.
I have ghostwritten books on subjects as diverse as:
* baseball coaching
* neuroscience
* spirituality
* bank robbery
* business
* African wildlife

When I ghostwrite a book, I use a very efficient six-month system that enables you to tell your story freely, even if you're not sure what to talk about at first. Being nonjudgmental is a big part of my job as a listener. Staying organized is an equally big part of my job as a writer. My contract, which ensures confidentiality, is month-by-month, pay-as-you-go style, so you're never locked into our arrangement and always own outright the work I produce.

1) We'll spend the first month of the job doing interviews to get the background for your memoir.

2) I'll spend the second month organizing and structuring your story for suspense, entertainment,
enlightenment, or whatever you're trying to convey.

3 ) Over the next three months, I'll write your memoir and submit 80 pages to you per month.

4) During the final month, we'll take care of the edits and I'll have an outside copy editor ensure your book is
publication-ready.

5) If you wish, I can then help you publish and launch the book.

Within six months, you'll have a publication-ready memoir (or other book) that you'll cherish forever. Let's get started!


Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
History
Religion & Spirituality

Awards

  • Brooklyn New Writer's Award 1999
  • New Mexico SWJA Award for Journalism 2008

Work experience

ghostwriter and publisher

Self-employed
January, 2006 – Present (almost 15 years)

* Self employed ghostwriter and co-writer who helps authors develop their work both in terms of its depth and overall theme and the voice and tone that makes the book into page-turning prose. My clients are those who want a book that reads as compelling narrative nonfiction, with dialogue, suspense, and moment-by-moment storytelling.
* Publisher and Marketer of hardback, paperback, ebooks, and audiobooks

Editor

Christie's Great Estates
January, 2006 – January, 2008 (about 2 years)

* Head of creative department.
* Writer of copy and articles for luxury real estate magazine.
* Spearheaded company newsletter.

Writer

Local Flavor
January, 2000 – January, 2010 (about 10 years)

* Columnist penning Romancing the 'Fe, a monthly humor and dating column.
* Freelance writer covering features and gourmet food topics.

Writer and editor

Heritage Media Corp.
January, 1998 – January, 1999 (about 1 year)

* Writer and editor of California history books.
* Specialist in history of local businesses

Editorial Liaison

McGraw Hill Publishing
January, 1997 – January, 1999 (about 2 years)

* Edited and proofread educational material for McGraw Hill Publishing company.
* Managed communications between editorial and design departments.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Business Cards and Shoe Leather: how dyslexia helped me found one of the world's premier business cooperatives

Larry Vaughn, Ruby Peru

Larry Vaughn, a dyslexic, built his career in commercial print on the principle that business thrives on cooperation, ethics, and mentoring, not competition. In his memoir, Business Cards and Shoe Leather, Vaughn details how this mindset helped him found two premier, international business cooperatives: DSCOOP and thINK.

Larry Vaughn, a dyslexic, built his career in commercial print on the principle that business thrives on cooperation, ethics, and mentoring, not competition. In his memoir, Business Cards and Shoe Leather, Vaughn details how this mindset helped him found two premier, international business cooperatives: DSCOOP and thINK.

Measuring UP!

Dr. Tere Linzey

Doesn't your child deserve every advantage? It’s a common problem that all parents dread: their heretofore highly achieving child begins to fall behind in class or start scoring lower on tests. And while tutoring can help, too often remedial work feels like a temporary patch, not a permanent solution. Enter Dr. Tere Linzey and her BrainMatterZ program. A former basketball coach turned Educatio... read more

Doesn't your child deserve every advantage? It’s a common problem that all parents dread: their heretofore highly achieving child begins to fall behind in class or start scoring lower on tests. And while tutoring can help, too often remedial work feels like a temporary patch, not a permanent solution. Enter Dr. Tere Linzey and her BrainMatterZ program. A former basketball coach turned Educatio... read more

Confessions of an American Sikh: Locked up in India, corrupt cops & my escape from a "New Age" tantric yoga cult!

Gursant Singh

Arriving in India to get his teeth fixed, Gursant Singh decides he needs a Punjabi wife and becomes embroiled with Dadaji, Amritsar’s notorious marriage broker. When their search for the perfect bride gets them both thrown into Amritsar’s Central Jail, Gursant has to look deep within himself and question everything he has been taught about the Sikh path - Sikhi. Gursant’s encounters with crook... read more

Arriving in India to get his teeth fixed, Gursant Singh decides he needs a Punjabi wife and becomes embroiled with Dadaji, Amritsar’s notorious marriage broker. When their search for the perfect bride gets them both thrown into Amritsar’s Central Jail, Gursant has to look deep within himself and question everything he has been taught about the Sikh path - Sikhi. Gursant’s encounters with crook... read more

Become a Mogul: 7 Major Success Principles For The Urban Entrepreneur

Charles Major

Have you ever felt there was more to your life than your current circumstances? Do you have a passion that is burning deep inside of you and don't know how to let it out? Do you have the desire for greatness? Do you want to learn how to make a difference while generating a substantial income? You have found your answer!!! Become a Mogul makes the process of becoming a mogul easy to understand ... read more

Have you ever felt there was more to your life than your current circumstances? Do you have a passion that is burning deep inside of you and don't know how to let it out? Do you have the desire for greatness? Do you want to learn how to make a difference while generating a substantial income? You have found your answer!!! Become a Mogul makes the process of becoming a mogul easy to understand ... read more

Give Me a Break: the art of making time work for you

Hugh Culver

The always-on, striving for more, multitasking, 24/7 world we live in is having its toll. We are getting busier, but not happier. While the "time management" movement created more list-makers, it failed to address the heart of why "To-Do's" tended to trump time for family, and time to think, reflect, and plan was replaced by a bulging email Inbox. In Give Me a Break, Hugh Culver presents a mod... read more

The always-on, striving for more, multitasking, 24/7 world we live in is having its toll. We are getting busier, but not happier. While the "time management" movement created more list-makers, it failed to address the heart of why "To-Do's" tended to trump time for family, and time to think, reflect, and plan was replaced by a bulging email Inbox. In Give Me a Break, Hugh Culver presents a mod... read more

Bits of String Too Small to Save (Persnickety Girl Saves the World Book 1)

Ruby Peru

Ruby Peru's freewheeling imagination enlivens her fantasy novel, Bits of String, tremendously. With a nod to Lewis Carroll, whose rabbit hole becomes her badger hole, Peru builds her narrative on an impressive array of colorful images, improbable characters and a generous helping of charm.--John Berendt (best selling author: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The City of Falling Angels)I... read more

Ruby Peru's freewheeling imagination enlivens her fantasy novel, Bits of String, tremendously. With a nod to Lewis Carroll, whose rabbit hole becomes her badger hole, Peru builds her narrative on an impressive array of colorful images, improbable characters and a generous helping of charm.--John Berendt (best selling author: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The City of Falling Angels)I... read more

Broken Contract, A Love Story

Martin Kraidin

When a college all American named Martin Kraidin saw a high school honey named Lynn Konick walk across the campus it was not just love at first sight it a was future so bright, so envied, it was set in the astrological stars. Marty was a promising dental student, both at the top of his class academically and head of his class in popularity as the student body president. Lynn, an attractive but... read more

When a college all American named Martin Kraidin saw a high school honey named Lynn Konick walk across the campus it was not just love at first sight it a was future so bright, so envied, it was set in the astrological stars. Marty was a promising dental student, both at the top of his class academically and head of his class in popularity as the student body president. Lynn, an attractive but... read more

150 Years in Pictures: An Illustrated History of Walnut Creek [California]

Brad Rovanpera

Grey cloth boards with gilt lettering have slight bumping to edges and spine tail. Corners sharp. Spine uncreased, binding tight. Pages have light age-yellowing at top, otherwise text block is clean and tight. Appears unread. Dust jacket has slight scuffing, minor scratching, chipping and 3 small tears at edges. Back has one 1 1/8 inch closed tear at top left.

Grey cloth boards with gilt lettering have slight bumping to edges and spine tail. Corners sharp. Spine uncreased, binding tight. Pages have light age-yellowing at top, otherwise text block is clean and tight. Appears unread. Dust jacket has slight scuffing, minor scratching, chipping and 3 small tears at edges. Back has one 1 1/8 inch closed tear at top left.

American History: Connecting with the Past Volume 1

Alan Brinkley

Brinkley’s American History, a comprehensive U.S. History program, transforms the learning experience through proven, adaptive technology helping students better grasp the issues of the past while providing instructors greater insight on student performance. Known for its clear, single voice and balanced scholarship, Brinkley asks students to think historically about the many forces shaping an... read more

Brinkley’s American History, a comprehensive U.S. History program, transforms the learning experience through proven, adaptive technology helping students better grasp the issues of the past while providing instructors greater insight on student performance. Known for its clear, single voice and balanced scholarship, Brinkley asks students to think historically about the many forces shaping an... read more

American History: Connecting with the Past Volume 2

Alan Brinkley

Brinkley’s American History, a comprehensive U.S. History program, transforms the learning experience through proven, adaptive technology helping students better grasp the issues of the past while providing instructors greater insight on student performance. Known for its clear, single voice and balanced scholarship, Brinkley asks students to think historically about the many forces shaping an... read more

Brinkley’s American History, a comprehensive U.S. History program, transforms the learning experience through proven, adaptive technology helping students better grasp the issues of the past while providing instructors greater insight on student performance. Known for its clear, single voice and balanced scholarship, Brinkley asks students to think historically about the many forces shaping an... read more

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