Well, I guess this quote all depends on the type of work that you are doing. I read a blog interview lately about a ghost-writer. I have often thought that perhaps ghost-writing could be an avenue that I could detour through as part of my writing career. But after reading the interview, I have definitely decided that I just don’t think I could hack it.
This is how I see ghost-writing:
- A ghost-writer is like a writer’s assistant
- The writer still thinks up all the ideas, and the ghost-writer fulfils those ideas on the writer’s behalf
- The ghost-writer may write a best seller, but will never ever get recognised for their work
- Rights to the work will never remain with the ghost-writer
- Ghost-writers are paid a fixed amount – no matter how much, or how little the book makes
But many hands make light work, especially for best-selling authors. Some authors can pump out a high volume of published work every year. I’m not saying that all these writers have ghost-writers working with them, but some of them definitely do. The author writes the scope of work, gives their ideas, and hands it over to the ghost-writer to write their little heart out, meanwhile they are bleeding all over the keyboard. (Sorry! Personal opinion published here!!)
While I couldn’t be a ghost-writer myself, I have so many ideas, unfinished work, plotted novels – that I sure could use one.
I’m pretty sure that there are many benefits of ghost-writing for best-selling authors… like learning the trade from the greats, but I don’t see this as fast-tracking your writing career at all. Good experience though.
So, there you go. My personal opinions on ghost-writing are now published… I have considered my options with it, but now I don’t think I ever could. Could you?