The Goopy Ghost at Thanksgiving
June 2017 by V. R. Duin

GHOSTWRITING, GHOSTWRITER, GHOSTING

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”)

You don't have to be ghosts to rise like stars with ghostwriting ideas that will make any ghostwriter proud to be ghosting.

Ghosting Can Help New Writers Rise Like Stars. The passion for a writer's work may fade if that work generates paltry readership and little income. It may be helpful for an unknown writer to turn written work over to someone celebrated, who can carry it forward. When unknown writers cannot seem to gain any traction for their work on their own, a celebrity may be able to move that work forward as a ghosted addition to an existing franchise.

It is easier for celebrities to build a following than it is for an unknown writer. It also is efficient, cost-effective and profitable for publishing houses to add new content for their celebrated authors. It is risky for them to add content from unknown newcomers. Ghostwriting may be a writer's best opportunity to sell past, present and future written content. A ghostwriter writes for a client for payment.

Entire industries are built on celebrity status. A literary agent can represent parties to the sale and purchase of ghosted work. Should the work become a bestseller or a huge generator of traffic, it helps to have worked with an agent. Royalties and other additional forms of payment can be worked into ghostwriter contracts. Ghostwriting for celebrities also may be the best source of income to pay for an up-and-coming writer's work.

It can take a long time to build a platform for a writer's own work. Hiring a ghostwriter can help professionals build a career in another field or turn a mediocre book into a raging success. A celebrated ghostwriter can serve as an excellent mentor for a beginning writer. Ghostwriting can give a writer a bigger slice of something. This ghost thinks part of something is better than all of nothing. What do you think? Is it time for a change of pen name? That is this ghost's goal.

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  • 3 comments

    • ghostwriting admin says:

      There are online resources for ghostwriting ideas, some of which list available ghosting assignments with non-speculative rates of pay.

    • ghosting admin says:

      Ghosting may provide interesting and valuable connections and experiences.

      • ghostwriteradmin says:

        The ghostwriter may acquire an education from a skilled expert when learning to write about the client's subject matter.