ghostwriter is a writer who writes books, articles, stories, reports,
or other texts that are officially credited to another person.
Celebrities, executives, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters
to draft or edit autobiographies, magazine articles, or other written
material. In music, ghostwriters are often used for writing songs and
lyrics for popular music genres. Screenplay authors can also use ghost
writers to either edit or rewrite their scripts in order to improve
them, increasing their chances to be optioned or produced. Also, ghost
writers may work on accompanying documents, such as treatments for
Ghostwriters may have varying degrees of
involvement in the production of a finished work. While some
ghostwriters are hired to edit and clean up a rough draft, others are
hired to do most of the writing based on an outline provided by the
credited author. For some projects, ghostwriters will do a substantial
amount of research, as in the case of a ghostwriter who is hired to
write an autobiography for a well-known person. Ghostwriters are also
hired to write fiction in the style of an existing author, often as a
way of increasing the number of books that can be published by a popular
author . Ghostwriters will often spend a period from several months to a
full year researching, writing, and editing nonfiction works for a
client, and they are paid either per page, with a flat fee, or a
percentage of the royalties of the sales, or some combination thereof.
The ghostwriter is sometimes acknowledged by the author or publisher for
his or her writing services.