What is ghostwriting?
Ghostwriting is the act of one person (me, as an example) writing in the name of another person (you, the client) without receiving public credit for the written work—which can be a book, blog post, memoirs, and more. Ghostwriting can be done for an individual client, group or company.
Ghostwriting means collaboration between the author (the person who will get the recognition for the written work) and the ghostwriter (the employed writer who will write the work either fully or partially).
Additionally, ghostwriters can also serve as developmental editors to help the author shape their novel/story/other work at its early stages. That may include polishing the story/plot, rewriting some parts, editing the manuscript to improve the original work supplied by the author. You can watch this explanatory video on Youtube to find out a little more.
Here are some ghostwriting examples:
- The client has a great story idea and wishes to write a book but has no idea where to begin. A ghostwriter can help to take the first steps.
- The client has a book idea but no writing skills to put the idea into words. The ghostwriter can write the entire work (a novel) based on the client's request and the provided information.
- The ghostwriter and the client (or another author) may share their writing responsibilities based on chapters, specific parts of the story, narrative, etc.