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Dorianne (Dori) R. Perrucci is a published author and experienced book editor who collaborated on her first investing book with Weiss Ratings in 2004 [link to the book] to help novice investors make better investing decisions and achieve retirement security. During the global financial crisis of 2007-2009, she contributed to seven books on personal finance, small business strategies, individual investing, and investing for retirement, including three New York Times’ best-sellers and Asset Allocation For Dummies®, co-authored with wealth manager Jerry A. (Wiley, July 2009).

In 2012, she began editing book manuscripts in the consumer health and memoir categories, including Can’t Forgive (BenBella Books, 2014), written by Kim Goldman, whose brother, Ron Goldman, was murdered by O.J. Simpson. Most recently, she edited My Olympic Life by Anita DeFrantz, who rowed on the first U.S. Women’s Rowing Team for new start-up publisher Klipspringer Press.

Early in her career, Dori worked pro bono on several books, leading a volunteer staff to produce an award-winning, illustrated book of oral histories about the lives of Italian immigrants in mainline Morristown, NJ, and contributing to three books, including a memoir, written by her friend, Dr.  Linda A. Mercadante, an expert on the “Spiritual But Not Religious” trend. Dori also ghosted and collaborated on four books while working on the communications staff at Covenant House, the Times Square shelter for runaway and abused children, in the general (Doubleday), religious (Paulist Press), educational (Rosen), and academic (Child Welfare League of America) categories. Her first New York Times ‘ best-seller (Covenant House, Lifeline to the Street, Fr. Bruce Ritter, Doubleday), made fundraising history when it was republished as a direct mail appeal (Sometimes God Has a Kid’s Face) and raised over $10,000,000 in donor contributions.

Is there a book you’re passionate about that Dori can help you write or edit?


Personal Finance and Investing

Open: How Compaq Ended IBM’s PC Domination
and Helped Invent Modern Computing

Rod Canion
BenBella Books    October 2013

Wondering what it takes to launch a successful startup? Interested in strategizing how to topple Goliath, when you‘re David? Dori has been using PCs since 1985, but had no one to thank other than Gates and Jobs. Then she edited this manuscript and realized the fundamental role Canion and Compaq played in driving the open industry standard that PC users take for granted.


What Went Wrong: The Big Picture

George R. Tyler
BenBella Books    September 2013

Copyediting this 324-page manuscript was like sitting in economics class all over again. But Dori gleaned solid information and insights about our national economic policy from this veteran of the World Bank and the U.S. Treasury department.


Making the Most of Your Money NOW

Jane Bryant Quinn
Simon & Schuster    December 2009


Smart and Simple Strategies for Busy People

Jane Bryant Quinn
Simon & Schuster    January 2006

Dori contributed research and original reporting to Quinn’s Smart and Simple Strategies for Busy People in 2006, and also to the third edition of Making the Most of Your Money in 2008, praised as “the classbook for practical financial advice” by iconic investor Burton Malkiel.


The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Financial Decisions in Good Times and Bad

Julie Jason
Sterling Publishing    August 2009

Dori stepped in at the eleventh hour to work as content editor for this award-winning book, a joint publishing project between AARP and Sterling/ Barnes & Noble. She edited the second half of the manuscript to help financial author and money manager Julie Jason guide readers through the challenge of creating retirement income.


Asset Allocation For Dummies®

Jerry Miccolis and Dorianne Perrucci
John Wiley & Sons    May 2009

This book, part of the popular “For Dummies” series, demystifies asset allocation in terms that even a novice investor can understand. Dori worked with money manager Jerry A. Miccolis on every stage of the manuscript: developing the outline, researching content and statistics, and writing copy. Buy this book now.


The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide: Protect Your Savings, Boost Your Income, and Grow Wealthy Even in the Worst of Times

Martin D. Weiss
John Wiley & Sons    April 2009

The individual investor learns strategies for coping with the credit crunch, the housing bust, and the decline of the U.S. dollar, while mastering an expanding lexicon that includes global investing, foreign currencies, and commodities. Dori ghosted the book, which debuted on two New York Times‘ bestseller lists (Business and Advice) from best-selling author Martin D. Weiss.


I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation, Under Debt, In Stress

Addison Wiggin and Kate Incontrera with Dorianne R. Perrucci
John Wiley & Sons    September 2008


Demise of the Dollar…and Why It‘s Good for Your Investments

Addison Wiggin
John Wiley & Sons    April 2008

At the beginning of the global economic collapse in 2007, Dori collaborated on two books with Agora Publishing’s best-selling author Addison Wiggin: I.O.U.S.A., which combines original research, graphics from the Sundance documentary, and interviews with financial experts; and the second edition of Demise of the Dollar, which she researched and rewrote.


Trump University: Wealthbuilding 101

Donald J. Trump
John Wiley & Sons    June 2007

As Managing Editor, Dori edited the contributions of several leading business experts to produce a manuscript for this popular series, which emphasizes real-world business advice from Trump and other senior executives of Trump‘s online university.


Weiss Ratings‘ Ultimate Guided Tour of Stock Investing

Weiss Ratings
Weiss Ratings, Inc.    Fall 2004

Dori worked with senior staff to research and write the manuscript for this step-by-step guide to stock investing for beginning investors. Weiss Ratings (now a subsidiary of is a financial publisher of consumer safety ratings for banks, insurance companies, savings and loans, HMOs, and other financial institutions.


Religion and Social Issues

Can’t Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson

Kim Goldman
BenBella Books    May 2014

Dori was part of the editorial team that brought Kim Goldman’s memoir, Can’t Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson, to print. The book released on May 8, 2014 and has been getting a lot of buzz in the national press for its author, whose brother, Ron Goldman, was murdered by OJ.


Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis: The Cancer Support Community Handbook

Kim Thiboldeaux and Mitch Golant, PhD
BenBella Books    May 2012

Dori served as editor on the second edition of Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis, which provides critical information about support and services for growing numbers of cancer patients and survivors.


Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl‘s Spiritual Journey

Linda A. Mercadante
Cowley Publications    September 2006

Dori helped refine the narrative, which traces the author‘s spiritual journey from Newark, N.J., where she grew up in a mixed-faith household, to the halls of Methodist Theological School of Ohio, where she teaches theology.


Victims and Sinners, Spiritual Roots of Addiction and Recovery

Linda A. Mercadante
Westminster John Knox Press    January 1996

Dori edited the book‘s first draft, which provides a provocative historical and theological analysis of Alcoholics Anonymous, the popular addiction recovery group.


“Reaching out to High-Risk Adolescents,” published in: Courage to Care, Responding to the Crisis of Children with AIDS

Olga Hernandez and Stephen E. Torkelson
The Child Welfare League of America, Washington, D.C.    1990

Dori interviewed Covenant House senior staff to write a chapter about the newly-opened AIDS program at Covenant House for the Child Welfare League of America.


Runaways: Coping At Home and On the Street

Pat Connors with Dorianne R. Perrucci
The Rosen Publishing Group    1989

Dori collaborated with Connors, using Connors’ notes and experiences and conducting original interviews with the staff and Covenant House street kids. Educational publisher Rosen published this trade book, which was also distributed nationally to public and private school libraries.


Stories from Covenant House for Hurting Kids

Fr. Kevin Kenny with Dorianne R. Perrucci
Paulist Press    1988

Dori rewrote and refined Covenant House chaplain Fr. Kevin Kenny‘s original manuscript into a publishable, dramatic narrative about his ministry with Covenant House kids that integrated real-life stories with practical advice.


Covenant House: Lifeline to the Street

Bruce Ritter
Doubleday    February 1987

Dori edited 15 years of the founder‘s monthly fundraising letters to donors into a dramatic narrative that increased Covenant House‘s donor base by 25% and attracted nationwide publicity.


Morris County: The Progress of Its Legend

Dorianne R. Perrucci
Windsor Publications    1983

Dori wrote the first contemporary history of Morris County, N.J. in a century. She produced a lively, dramatic narrative, weaving original oral history interviews and current news with historical and photographic archives dating from the Continental Army‘s encampment in Morristown, N.J.


New Neighbors, Old Friends: Morristown‘s Italian Community, 1880-1980

James V. Costanzo
The Morris County (NJ) Historical Society    February 1982

Dori managed a pro bono staff of volunteers to edit and produce this award-winning book of historical photographs and oral histories (First Place, Book Excellence, League of Historical Societies of New Jersey).


I Believe in the Creator

Dr. James M. Houston
William B. Eerdmans    October 1980

The book, part of a series edited by the noted Anglican cleric Michael Green, examines controversial areas of the Christian faith from writers of different nations, cultures, and confessional backgrounds. Dori worked on the research team assisting the author, an Oxford Ph.D. who has written 30 books.




Dorianne (Dori) R. Perrucci is a published author and a writer, journalist, and editor who seeks out stories that touch a personal nerve with readers. She has written and edited news articles, features, website content, and books on homelessness, prison reform, religious movements, and personal finance topics ranging from the nickels and dimes of personal finance to retirement investing and security. Her bylines have appeared in The New York TimesNewsweekThe Wall Street JournalTheStreet.comMediaWeek, and currently appear on, where she tracks down breaking news stories for young business reporters to pursue.


The Wall Street Journal:

“A 401(k) Defense Against Rising Rates,” April 5, 2013.

You Bought an Annuity—Now What,” Dec. 2, 2012

“A Rebalancing Act,” August 21, 2012.

And “Others Can Tweak Your Asset Allocation For You,” August 31, 2012

“What Should You Expect When Investing in Stocks, June 24, 2013

“How I Saved $1 Million for Retirement,” July 22, 2013.


NY Times                     

“When Pensions and Unemployment Checks Don’t Mix” (The New York Times, Jan. 13, 2002)



For these three, copy the files sent by email:


Jane Bryant Quinn, Newsweek, “Retire Early? Think Again,” July 2003


Newsweek, “Make Your Money Grow Finance Guide,” March 2003


Newsweek (Feb 2002-personal debt). “Drowning in a Sea of Debt”



“Surf’s Up for Cardholders,” June 13, 2006

“The Chilling Effects of Pension Freezes,” April 19, 2006


NY Post

“Fruitful and Fun Ways of Blowing a Refund,” April 2003

“How Pensions Are Eating Up Earnings,” Feb 2003