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Ghostwriting


Ghostwriting is when someone writes something for a client and the client gets the credit for writing it.  Is ghostwriting ethical? Yes, it is ethical. The reason it isn't cheating is because it is the client's ideas, concepts and stories that create the publication. The ghostwriter acts as the collaborator, interviewer, researcher, writer, and proofreader.

Ghostwriting is a common practice for public figures such as entertainers and politicians.  Bill Cosby's "Fatherhood" and Hillary Clinton's "It Takes a Village" were both ghostwritten. Celebrities and Sports Figures use ghostwriters, too. Think about it, would you really want to read a book written by Pete Rose?

Suitable for Ghostwriting:

  • Autobiographies
  • Self-Help Books
  • Rags-To-Riches Story
  • Spiritually focused books.
  • People overcoming adversity
  • People with unique gifts or talents
  • People who want to become an expert in their field
  • People that offer hope, inspiration or life lessons
  • Ordinary people with extraordinary experiences
  • Success stories of people in business

Rates for ghostwriting can vary greatly. If the ghostwriter is acknowledged publicly usually by the phrase "as told to," the rates are lower. If the ghostwriter is to remain anonymous, the rates are higher.