What is Ghostwriting?
As the self-publishing industry skyrockets, so does the need for ghostwriters and ghostwriting. But…what is ghostwriting?
If the idea if hiring a ghostwriter conjures up scary images, you couldn’t be more wrong. According to Miriam Webster’s online dictionary ghostwrite is defined as to write for and in the name of another. FreeDictionary.com defintes ghostwriter as is a person who writes a speech, book, article, etc., for another person who is named as or presumed to be the author.
I am a ghostwriter of books: I am hired by an individual who wants to write a book, but for various reasons, doesn’t have the wherewithal to write that book him or herself. Many of my clients don’t have the time to write a book; others don’t consider themselves to be good writers, and still others just don’t know where to begin. Each of my clients is an expert in something, but writing and publishing a book is not it.
When people ask me what I do, and I reply, “I am a ghostwriter,” I often get a blank stare. “What is ghostwriting?” they ask. “I write books for other people,” I tell them. “Many famous books, songs, and movies were not actually written by the individual whose name appears as the author.” Typically, the initial reaction is that it’s dishonest for someone to put his or her name on a work that he or she didn’t actually write.
An author is one who originates or creates. My authors create all the material that ultimately becomes the content for their books. I may be the one who does the actual writing, but the material is created by my authors—not by me. In some cases, ghostwriters are hired to write a book completely from scratch. The ghostwriter does all the research, prepares an outline, and writes the book. That’s not how I work. I partner closely with my authors.
What is ghostwriting? Hopefully now you have a better idea. Are you thinking of hiring a ghostwriter? If so, feel free to get in touch with me.
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