Writing under another name

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Ghost writers. Let’s talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I have to be honest, the world of the ghostwriter is a bit of a strange one to me. I’ve heard some things and I don’t like all of them.

For instance, I have heard the term used to refer to the uncredited people who (allegedly) write books for celebrities, usually released around Christmas. You know the ones, where there is a huge marketing budget and wide acclaim for the celeb’s previously unknown literary talent. Strangely, nobody ever asks or wonders where the celebrity finds the time to actually write a book.

Or perhaps that’s just me being cynical?

I realise that there are celebrities who write their own books, but I also know a ghostwriter who, while discreet, is happy to confirm that not all books by celebrity authors are written by them.

Having researched it a little more, it appears there is another type of ghostwriter.

One who takes a partly written book and polishes it for a struggling writer.

Of the two, I’m inclined towards liking the idea of the second ghostwriter more. At least the author in that case had tried, they’ve had an idea and now need help developing it.

As opposed to someone seeing easy money by subcontracting the whole process, using their fame to drive sales and taking all the credit.

Thinking about it, I have so many half-finished ideas that I’m never going to get around to finishing.

I can see the attraction of employing someone to help me finish them off.

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4 Responses

  1. Stevie Turner

    I prefer the idea of struggling authors finding somebody to help them write a book. Perhaps I ought to find a ghost writer, lol.

    • Richard Dee

      I can see the attraction, but honesty requires acknowledgement and credit where it’s due.

  2. P.J. MacLayne

    In a way, a developmental editor is a ghostwriter, helping an author refine their idea. I have no problem with that. an author who outlines a story and then hires someone to actually write it? That’s problematic.

    • Richard Dee

      I have a problem with anyone implying that they have done something that they haven’t. Whoever they are.

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