I think I need to get back to writing, I’ve blogged more this past week than in a while. It’s usually a sign that I need to be working on a book.
IN any case, what I want to talk about is ghostwriting.
So, if you go to Upwork, you can see all sorts of advertisements for ghostwriting. I’ve even made a small amount of money, once or twice, ghostwriting short pieces.
I stopped because it felt so unethical.
I mean, people who are buying words/books… if it’s for a big name… they’re buying THAT PERSON’S words and stories. They want that author’s voice! Or at least I do.
I’m a mimic, I can mimic most writer’s voices in any genre I write in pretty closely, especially if I’ve read them before.
And I’m an editor, author and autistic.
I CAN BLOODY TELL WHEN IT’S A GHOSTWRITER!!
Please, for the love of the very little money I have to spend on books, don’t do this to me.
I get it, maybe most people aren’t going to be able to tell the difference, but *I* can and I’m not the only one by far.
The big5 pubbed book I preordered because it’s one of my favorite authors hit my kindle yesterday and I was excited to read it. I love this character and I love the world the author has created.
I do not love this book, and I have not yet found a book by this author I hated, nor even disliked.
I love this authors work (or whichever ghostwriter she’s had working for her for a while now). I love the worlds, characters, and stories.
I do NOT love what this new ghostwriter is doing with them.
There is something missing from this authors words that I’ve never seen in the name before.
I’m not a big name in publishing, I’m an outsider, probably always will be, so I don’t actually know how often a big name author hires a ghost writer.
Often enough I’d think. In the past year, two big names that I usually read have felt extremely off when I was reading the books.
I may keep a running list of things I’ve never seen this particular author do in her work, just to keep it straight in my head and to use as supporting examples for this post.
Things I’ve NEVER seen this author do in any of her 30 some books I’ve read that I’ve seen MORE THAN ONCE in this one.
Description of her black character as ‘sun-bronzed’
Extreme heavy handedness on reconciliation of ‘happy families’ (one of the reasons I’ve loved this author is that she DOESN’T do that.)
She’s also a WoC so I’ve trusted her to get the descriptions of her mixed race characters done in a sensitive way. This book? It’s so white I can’t even.
Graphic words (I don’t mind graphic words, but this author doesn’t have a history of using them).
… and there is just something missing from this book that the previous ones had.
It’s very unhappy making.
I suppose I could be wrong, that it could just be the author trying something new, but I sincerely doubt it.
So much so that I’m not buying the next book.
And I loved this author.
Look, I get it. We writers/authors are in a dog-eat-dog world, but this particular ghost writer just lost my custom for this author.
It’s close, but it’s nowhere near close enough.
As far as those of us who do the ghostwriting? I get that too, we’re most of us hand to mouth, but no.
Just say no. Please.