Okay, okay, so I lied. This post is not near as exciting as watching Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd run around in coveralls shooting things with their proton guns. Or seeing Sigourney Weaver hover barely clad over her bed before later turning into a giant dog.
Sorry to disappoint.
I am however, talking about another type of ghost. In a recent addition of RWA eNOTES there was an article discussing the positives and negatives of ghostwriting.*
In the words of wikipedia (which in this case is actually correct in its definition...) "A ghostwriter is a professional writer who is paid to write books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person."
My initial instinct was to balk at such a practice. Not take credit for work I did? Hah! That's the biggest load of... well, you get the picture. I'm not generally considered arrogant, but I'm certainly not a humble person either. And giving someone else the credit for work I did seems sort of high school, nerd vs jock to me. But that's just my opinion.
Here's a link to the article so you can read for yourself.
Okay, now that you've had a chance to read the article, what are your thoughts? Do you think the practice of ghostwriting is perfectly acceptable and is simply given a bad rap?
What about the readers? Do you feel that you owe it to them to be as honest as possible? Do they deserve to know who the real author is?
Would you ever consider ghostwriting? Why or why not?
So as it turns out, my initial instincts on the subject ended up being my only instincts. I don't look down on writers who do ghost, especially since it's mostly for money, but it's just not something I'd ever be able to do. I get squirmy at the idea of a reader being purposefully misled on something so simple as the name of the author. I know as a reader I would be offended to learn that I was "lied" to.