Ghostwriting has been around for some time.
What are ghostwriters?
Ghostwriters are hired to write literary or journalistic works (magazines/newspapers), speeches, or other texts that are officially credited to another person as the author. They take your idea/outline and flesh it out into a story. Most biographies are written by writers with no attachment to the subject and some authors use them to help turn out what readers want.
One of the most famous ghostwriters is Mildred Wirt Benson. Ms. Benson wrote the earlier books in the Nancy Drew series that were published under the pen name Carolyn Keene, and all the authors who have written and will ever write a Nancy Drew book will publish under Carolyn Keene.
Why would anyone use a Ghostwriter?
There are thousands of reasons people use ghostwriters. Illness, life expectancy, too emotionally attached, time, mass production, the list could really go on.
Now, I’m not an expert in ghostwriting, despite being friends with many. And I’ve written a fair share of blog posts for others under the banner of ghostwriting—all dozen or so dealt with technical walk-throughs similar to what you see on my blog but without the personal attachments.
If you’re considering becoming a ghostwriter or even hiring one, I recommend reading The Professional Ghostwriter’s Handbook. It’s written by a ghostwriter and walks you through the steps along with expectations of clients. It really is a great resource, that while I’m not in the market to be a ghostwriter, it explained it better than Google could.