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Another book, another ghost

By posted at 5:30 pm on August 7, 2014 1

Oh, ghostwriter: that poorly-paid name snuck into the “Acknowledgements” section somewhere after agent’s agent and ex-wife’s third cousin. In the middle ground between Michael D’Orso, who spoke to The Millions of job satisfaction as a hired pen, and Sari Botton, whose reminisces are full of horror stories, Andrew Croft, author of 80 books that sold 10M copies under other people’s names, offers a circumspect take in his Guardian profile. “The ghost is advised never to forget that, at the end of the day, he or she ranks somewhere between a valet and a cleaner.”





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One Response to “Another book, another ghost”

  1. GiovanniGF
    at 1:19 pm on August 8, 2014

    I urge all ghostwriters and sympathizers to find Author from a Savage People, a hilarious novel by Bette Pesetsky about a ghostwriter’s revenge. It’s out of print but well worth seeking out. (Here’s the NY Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/1983/03/27/books/the-ghostwriter-s-story.html)

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