Ghostwriting — Making Words Happen

The Society of Southwestern Authors is having a presentation by Dan Baldwin — a writer with a lot of ghost writing experience on Sunday, 21 Feb at the Tucson City Center Innsuites.  For more information go to SSA website.

Wikipedia defines a ghostwriter as “A ghostwriter is a writer who authors books, manuscripts, screenplays, scripts, articles, blog posts, stories, reports, whitepapers, or other texts that are officially credited to another person.”  The term, coined by Christy Walsh, an American who set up the Christy Walsh Syndicate in 1921 to create and exploit the literary work of America’s sporting heroes. Walsh commissioned his ghosts  and imposed a strict code of conduct on them Rule One: “Don’t insult the intelligence of the public by claiming these men write their own stuff.”

There are a lot of “writers” who have used ghostwriters …  Tom Clancy‘s novels exceeded his ability to write new books and his publisher hired ghostwriters to write novels in the Clancy style.

Famous authors ghostwrite for celebrities on occasion. An example us when H. P. Lovecraft ghostwrote “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs” (also known as “Under the Pyramids”) for Harry Houdini in Weird Tales in the 1920s.

For more fun, you might consider Philip Roth‘s 1979 novel The Ghost Writer or  Andrew Croft’s, a British invisible writer, who has visibly written Confessions of a Ghostwriter.

Joe Bunting has written a good article on ghostwriting at How I Ghostwrite.


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