posted on Apr, 7 2016 @ 03:55 PM
I'm posting this in the Gray Area because I have no way to prove this information, as I heard it second hand. It may not even be true, but I think
it would be interesting and conspiratorial to hear people's opinions about how much of their favourite authors works are actually their own work.
I work in freelance ghostwriting. I often write articles for columnists, and I just finished an outline for a young adult novel for a recognizable
author to flesh out. Both of these things are quite common, but ghost writers are always locked into non-disclosure agreements, and some readers may
not know this.
The truth of the matter is...authors have lives, emergencies, they fail to have confidence in their work, and so, ghost writers are called upon to
help meet deadlines or meet consumer demand.
Now, there's no denying that some authors are machines who can and will create until they drop dead. Many prolific writers call out for a bit of
help. The job of ghostwriting books for many prolific authors usually falls on trusted editors who are familiar with an authors writing style, and
these are harder to spot.
Young adult novels are the most often ghost written, as the consumers are voracious for them and bigger names sell more books. There is one VERY well
known adult suspense author whose YA branch out novels are almost all ghost written.
Today I heard such a piece of publishing gossip that I can't resist but allude to it. Im sure you'll all see where I'm going with this. A very,
very famous author is burnt out. The television adaptation of the authors books has overtaken the plot of the novels and the author is just sick of
writing. The author first thought of asking writers within the show to outline their proposed ending so it can be fleshed out into the final books.
It was determined that this would be figured out, as fans of the books expect a different outcome than show watchers. The author then appealed to
their publishers and editors to search the fandom for die hard fans who know canon so well, that they can be paid to make outlines for different story
lines seperately, which the author could then stitch together.
I can't say for sure this will happen. The author has a stranglehold on his rights, and if they don't want to finish, it won't be finished. Rumour
has it, this has happened before, with one other book in ther series being mostly ghost written. The caveat by the author? Don't advance the plot too
much, as the author was working on plot lines.
Allegedly, the author is so disheartened that readers have mostly figured out the plot lines, they have no desire to write them down anymore.
This is highly speculative industry gossip. Don't take this too seriously.
So, who do you suspect uses a ghost writer?