A ghostwriter authors books, manuscripts, screenplays, scripts, articles, blog posts, stories, reports, whitepapers, or other content that is credited to another author.
Celebrities, executives, politicians, and would-be authors often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit their work–whether an autobiography, a fiction novel, a non-fiction book, magazine articles, or other written material. A common form of literature ghostwriters are hired for is a celebrity’s memoirs. In music business arena, ghostwriters are often used to write songs and lyrics. And, screenplay authors also use ghostwriters to either edit or rewrite their scripts.
Ghostwriters may have varying degrees of involvement in the production of a finished work. Some ghostwriters are hired to edit and clean up a rough draft; others are hired to do most of the writing based on an idea or outline provided by the author. For some projects, ghostwriters will perform a substantial amount of research. Ghostwriters are also hired to write fiction in the style and “voice” of an existing author, often as a way of increasing the number of books that can be published by a popular author.*
Ghostwriters often spend much time researching, writing, and editing non-fiction works for a client. Typically, such writers are paid either by the page or for each word, or, sometimes, based on total word count. The ghostwriter is sometimes acknowledged by the author or publisher for his or her writing services; but, most often the ghostwriter is not credited.
* Melanie had served as a ghostwriter for numerous communications projects, including non-fiction books, fiction books, autobiographies, business white papers, and online blogs.