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June 2019 by V. R. Duin


Goopy saw the water rising
And thought, I should be enterprising.
I'll do my best to help my host.
Oh yes, Goopy is a kindly ghost.
(The Goopy Ghost at Thanksgiving)

It's not necessary to become ghosts for unknown writers to rise like stars. Useful ghosting ideas from the Goopy Ghost are sure to make ghostwriters proud and successful at ghostwriting.

Ghostwriting can help innovators rise like stars. It can be helpful for ground-breaking writers to turn written work into material for someone celebrated to carry forward. Ghostwriters receive immediate payment.

Few book writers find paying readership. For crowds of creators, publishing means self-publishing or no publishing. The passion for one's own work quickly fades when little readership and income result.

Once a work is published, writers are authors by definition. They may feel otherwise. After paying to publish, the wait for unlikely royalties from speculative sales is punishing. Earnings may not materialize.

The future of digital components is uncertain. Celebrities have financial clout. They can afford the latest technological innovations. They can hire experts to produce revolutionary advertising, apps and websites.

Ghostwriting pays real money for book drafting. Payment for a complete manuscript ranges from $10,000 to $25,000, and up. Readers receive another opportunity to perpetuate their loyalties to their favorites. Everyone wins.

New arrivals often find it hard to gain traction for unseasoned work. Selling scripted work to a celebrity may move visionary content forward. An existing franchise may be syndicated for the advantage of the many.

Successful collaborative ventures may send credit and additional income to the ghostwriters. Percentages of a star's royalties beat disappointing income splits between amateurs in which revenues rarely meet costs.

Co-writing may be the best opportunity to sell past, present and future content. It is easy for celebrities to build great fanfare for content of any nature. Latching onto their history, ranking and following helps exit the fray.

Claustrophobic lone-scripting isolation is harmful. Innovative perspectives thrive with collaboration. There is nothing ghastly about ghostwriting. It is not plagiarism. It is a legal, common and paying job.

Many musicians adopt lyrics from other songwriters. It is efficient, cost-effective and profitable to buy outside insights. These are readily added to celebrated platforms. There is a loyal relationship with the audience.

It is risky for publishers to add unfamiliar material from newcomers. It is hard to develop platforms for hot-off-the-press marvels. It takes years, not months. Writers do not have credibility without wide market success.

Mass marketing and merchandising thrive on sequels, reruns and replays. Celebrities have existing business models and fans. They likely have made prior profitable acquisitions against which to compare trailblazing ideas.

Commercial arts, publishing and entertainment businesses depend upon ghostwriters. Celebrities are busy with public relations and appearances at promotional events. Helpmates provide artistic output to sustain productivity.

Ghostwriting may broaden the selection of books that everyone will want to read. Stars may not have time or interest in filling content needs. It is quicker and easier to bring outside work into incumbent literary brands.

Literary agents can represent parties to the sale and purchase of ghosted content. Agents contribute knowledge and negotiating skills. Royalties and extra forms of payment can be worked into contracts for best sellers.

Ghostwriting builds reputations for up-and-coming writers' work. The education, experience, suggestions and connections gleaned from trend-setters may lead storytellers to compose welcome information about asides.

Ghostwriters may be early to break out with revolutionary technology. Comfortable traditional writers may not see change coming. Voice may be the next arena. The written word may be threatened by digital dominance.

Celebrated ghostwriters can serve as excellent mentors for beginning writers. They are alert to niche markets for content. They help expand careers to pioneering fields. They turn mediocre books into raging successes.

Celebrities harbor a growth mindset. They recognize needed overhauls for stale markets. Out-of-the-box communicators often do not know what the market wants. It is hard to familiarize audiences with revolutionary concepts.

Ghostwriting can result in a bigger slice of the business. This ghost thinks that a slice of anything is better than all of nothing. Is it time for a change of pen name? That is this ghost's immediate goal.

Ghostwriters may get a boost from the big names behind them. Celebrities foster good public relations. They may energize the career of a collaborator. Upstarts can gain marketing strength and momentum from spillover.

Few stars scream “We Support Only the Top 1%”. Someone as big-hearted as they are celebrated may help a promising writer. Hope comes with additional room at the top, not with more clutter at the bottom.