I’ve seen mention of how icky it feels to know authors and publishers hire cheap labor to write for them. I’m of two minds about it. Big corps that pay pennies per word get no love from me. (I’m looking at all you blue chip tech companies hiring copywriters for small change.) But most authors and small publishers are doing ME a service by hiring me to write for them, especially if I can slide a clause in for a cut of royalties.
It’s TOUGH, TOUGH work doing the marketing and promoting, and let’s not even get into building a platform. If I publish a book–whether on my own or trad–the hours spent doing that part actually cut into the time I could spend doing the thing I love–writing.
As a ghostwriter, I never have to market, promote, or build a platform. I don’t have to have a social media presence or interact with other writers. I don’t pay for an editor, an illustrator, or anything else. I just deliver book after book and get paid. In my opinion, it’s the best way to go if you don’t have the capital to self-publish, and you can still follow your writing and get the validation of knowing you have bestsellers, critically-acclaimed novels, and reader fans the world over. I love doing ghostwriting.