Ghostwriter: the person who earns a paycheck for letting someone else take all the glory.
Or as Wikipedia says:
A ghostwriter is a writer who writes books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person. Celebrities, executives, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, magazine articles, or other written material.
Sound like fun?
Well, it may not win you the Pulitzer, but ghostwriting CAN help you pay the bills, exercise your creative muscles, and make industry connections. You can craft your masterpiece on your own time. On the clock, you write someone else’s book!
How to be a great ghostwriter
If you’re curious how to break into this market, how to collaborate with the “author,” and how to deliver quality writing on a deadline, check out the following articles:
1. How to Be a Successful Ghostwriter (Writer’s Digest)
2. How to Be a Ghostwriter (Wiki How)
3. How to Become a Ghostwriter (eHow)
4. Become a Ghostwriter and Write for Money (Street Articles)
Word of Warning: If you’re serious about your own writing, it’s important to be protective of the time and energy it takes to create original work, so make sure your ghostwriting efforts don’t leave you sapped and feeling like an actual ghost.
But if you can strike the right balance, your original writing and your ghostwriting will feed one another—and help put some food on the table, too.
Do you have experience as a ghostwriter? What were the struggles and rewards? Let us know in the comments section below.
[Ghost picture from Shutterstock.]