The difference between “ghost writer” and “ghostwriter” is utterly meaningless.
The difference between inexperienced ghosts and professionals who spend years honing their craft, on the other hand, can mean the difference between a successful title and an unsuccessful one, and the difference between a happy, satisfying experience and a disgruntling waste of time and money.
When the print world imploded in late 2009,
thousands of journalists, writers, and in-house editors found
themselves suddenly out of work at precisely the same time that easy
publishing began enticing millions of people to write books.
Many of the newly unemployed quickly switched gears and became
literary agents or independent editorial-service providers. Most served
the vast new aspiring-author market as freelance editors. A smaller
number hung up shingles advertising themselves as “ghost writers” or