Ghost in the machine

This post was written by guest blogger Jimmy Beck.

I do some ghostwriting as part of my day gig–short pieces, not books (not yet, anyway). I was having beers with some pals last night, one of whom is ghostwriting a major project (he refers to himself as a “ghostly writer”). He shares my ambivalence about the whole enterprise: the ghostwriter gets neither the credit nor the blame. “This book is better than it would be because of me,” he said. “But it would be even better still if I were writing it under my own name.”

I’ve not read Jennie Erdal’s Ghosting, but the excerpt in Granta last year touched on what an infinitely weird job ghostwriting can be. Here’s a whole roundup on Erdal.


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