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The Flip Side Of Ghostwriting By Mary Walker Baron

I like to see my name as the writer.  Despite that fact, I’m going to give ghostwriting a try even though I don’t expect to get any credit ever for what I ghostwrite. That’s okay because writers need to write.  I’ve been thinking about the flip side of ghostwriting. The person for whom I might ghostwrite gets to put his or her name on the piece but did not necessarily write it. I’m wondering what that feels like. I’ve been reading a lot about the ethics of hiring someone to write something on which you will put your name.  There doesn’t seem to be much of an ethical issue because the ghostwriter agrees to remain anonymous. Still and all, it is an interesting issue.  I’m also understanding that even though the person whose name appears as the author has not necessarily written the piece that person still has the final say. So, the ghostwriter is working for the person who will claim credit for the writing.  Ghostwriting has become so popular that even some very famous authors use ghostwriters to write some of their books.  Apparently, they just get too busy to do their own writing. Some of those authors allegedly include Larry McMurtry, James Patterson, Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy.  Using a ghostwriter used to be one of publishing’s best kept secrets. Lately it seems to be the norm.  Here’s to the new norm because writers need to write.

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