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Usually behind celebrity autobiographies - memoirs of actors, athletes, politicians - lies a ghostwriter.
Some 60% of nonfiction bestsellers according to Madeleine Morel, a literary agent for ghostwriters, are ghostwritten, that is because celebrities sell books but can't write them.
The ghosts give up control and credit in exchange they get cash.
No, a ghost writer doesn’t write about ghosts. He or She is just invisible like a ghost; a ghost with a pen. Ghostwriting is a lucrative business. If your ego is super-big, then it is not for you; you toil and sweat and someone else gets the credit, but you don’t go empty handed, that bulky check will compensate for your effort. Of course, that feeling of pride hovers, because you have helped someone share their life message, which they probably couldn’t have done without you.
The ghostwriters are sometimes known by their name and lauded for their efforts.
Welcome to the strange, secret world of ghostwriting. With the advent of social media, one gets to see on Twitter or Facebook, hundreds of people getting instant validation for their personal stories which they serve on a platter almost daily. This potent force of getting instant recognition and praise encourages a majority of them share their stories. They wonder, ‘why not me?’ Alas, once they sit down to write, they realize that it is not that easy to write it by themselves, the content is just crap without the writing skill; enter the ghostwriter!
Fr. Thomas Rosica, now a byword for plagiarism in the English-speaking world, has admitted to preparing three texts containing plagiarized material for Cardinal Marc Ouellet.
Thu Sep 3, 2020 | By Dorothy Cummings McLean