In an ego-driven and cut-throat field, authoring work means getting your name out in the public space as much as possible. This can make or break your writing career, especially when getting more work means establishing a name for yourself. With ghost-writing, however, your ability to establish that name is curtailed, as you’re writing a work that will eventually be credited to someone else.
What is a ghostwriter?
A ghostwriter is a writer hired to write a text for someone else. In the majority of cases, the work is non-fiction (and what you’ll read is, for example, an autobiography); however, in other instances, this can also be a fiction manuscript.
It’s an approach most frequently taken by politicians, celebrities , or high-flying executives, who either don’t have the time, or don’t have the skill, to write books on their own. The text will then be credited to that high-profile name rather than to the ghostwriter themselves, who may end up with just a footnote citation for their work at best.