“What is Ghostwriting?” ( an older post )
I received an email from someone who wanted to know what ghostwriting was about; so, I will share my response with you all.
Now, an individual (name withheld) writes … “What do you ghostwrite about, and what is it?”
As for the concept of ghostwriting, it can be looked upon as a type of writing agreement that takes place between two people; the person who wishes to have something written, and the person who does the actual writing or editing. The “ghost factor” comes into play when the person who agrees to do the actual writing also agrees to remain anonymous or “a ghost” to readers or to the general public. The ghostwriter is considered “a ghost” because his or her name does not get attached or credited to the piece of writing. Instead, “the original author”; the person who requests that the writing be completed by the ghostwriter, gets his or her name assigned to the writing.
… So, essentially, the ghostwriter is a voice for the author. It may be agreed that the voice is a mimicking voice, meaning that it carries the same qualities of the “original author”; thus, no one really knows that the original author is not the one who really wrote the piece unless it is agreed between the two parties involved, that this information be known.
Note that not all writing projects completed by the ghostwriter are in a “mimicking voice”, and not all writing projects are rightfully owned by persons requesting ghostwriter services. The ghostwriter may agree to use his or her own voice when taking on a writing project, and may also agree to place some projects under more specific or strict buyer and copyright laws.
Furthermore, writing projects requested by persons needing ghostwriting services may include: editorials, blogs and internet content, personal accounts/autobiographies, biographies, reviews, speeches, research, instruction manuals, children’s & juvenile books, poetry, screenplays, song lyrics, commercial lyrics, public service announcements, novels, and short stories. As a ghostwriter,
I take on all the project types listed above. * To date, I no longer take on all of the aforementioned projects. However, I am interested in singers who might wish to collaborate with me; I like to write songs.*
There are a plethora of sources online that describe briefly or in detail, just what a ghostwriter does, and who is most likely to benefit from hiring a ghostwriter. Thus, if you are thinking about hiring a ghostwriter, but would like to learn more about what a ghostwriter does, check online sources to get a general or more specific idea about what ghostwriting is all about. You can also check out a bit of my poetry below.
What is Ghostwriting?
Ghostwriting is not so much about me
For I am who or what you need me to be.
Your commercial jingles, song lyrics,
Your autobiography, news editiorial,
whatever sets you free
and I’m your voice if that’s your choice,
but it’s YOUR name printed on the sleeve.
It’s my edit,
( and before I forget it; )
for details, a message do leave
about legalese or fees, and college degrees?
(Mine come in threes), but who needs
when writing your plays and soliloquies?
I’ll take only my 5 or 6 senses,
and a pen, a pad or computer keys.
Who Am I ?
Who am I?
Who are you?
I am you.
That’s what I do.
If You Can Think It
If you can think it, it will come.
If you can write it, it will be done.
I am a ghostwriter, my thoughts are true
…and it’s because my thoughts are YOU.
Best Wishes … I hope this helps!
What about you? ‘Got a question or need advice? Linda Ghostwriter and YOU have a solution.
**** Feel free to email me …
firstname.lastname@example.org , I’m also on Twitter ( @lghostwriter )