How to spot a fake ghostwriter
Jan 26, 2018
Google ‘ghostwriter’ and most of the first-page results will be fakes. Sadly, anyone can set themselves up as a ghostwriter.
- may never have published a book
- probably work as part of a team
- offer a short packaged ‘life story’ product
- may work from interviews with you that someone else has recorded
- may be working on someone else’s book at the same time
- probably don’t even know how dull their work is
- and are much cheaper than the real thing.
The real ghosts…
- are published writers and full members of professional organisations such as the Society of Authors Note: a published writer is one whose work (ghostwriting as well as writing under their own name) has been published by regular publishing firms – not just vanity publishers or self-publishers
- write nothing without a comprehensible contract that protects both parties
- write alone, one book at a time
- conduct their own interviews with you
- are flexible – they’ll also work with documents and are prepared to ghostwrite books other than autobiography
- are creative
- and charge more than the fakes. This is because they write full-length books with skill and humour, and are ashamed to write a dull chapter.
Take your choice!