Ghostwriting is not a contemporary phenomenon, even if it sometimes seems. Ghostwriting has probably been around since antiquity, perhaps as long as the written word exists.
In its true meaning it refers to the writing of a text on behalf of a customer according to his specifications or wishes.
On the following page, we have compiled and comprehensively answered the most important questions about ghostwriting for you. If you have further questions, you are welcome to contact us at any time.
What is (academic) ghostwriting?
A special form of ghostwriting is academic ghostwriting.
In our opinion, “academic ghostwriting” – a term we have been using for our services since the early 1990s and has shaped in subsequent years – above all means that the text must satisfy scientific demands such as necessity, objectivity and reliability.
Academic ghostwriters deliver texts, such as can be used by public authorities, foundations, political parties, private individuals, consulting firms and companies. The work is therefore subject to completely different conditions than the popular scientific writing or the writing of biographies.
To ensure a high quality in style and content, our agency selects the authors carefully and relies on a long-term cooperation with proven academics. Thus, the customer can be guaranteed discretion and quality. We have a sufficient number of authors to cover a wide range of academic disciplines and achieve high academic quality.
Basically, the term just states that one author creates texts on behalf of another. The actual author of the text is not mentioned, so it remains “ghostly”. The fact that the German term “mind” also describes thoughts and moods, is an advantage:
Because a writing mind not only writes texts, but thinks, researches and collects information for its customers.
What the collaboration between client, agency and ghostwriter looks like in detail depends on the client and their demands on the text. Even if the customer provides only a rough idea and a few keywords, the ghostwriter will be able to work on that basis. If there is already a collection of material or a structure, the text will certainly be able to fulfill the expectations more precisely.
Ghostwriting is possible in principle for all text types:
In speeches, reports, books (guides, books and specialist books, treatises, essays and articles to contributions for encyclopedias).
Ghostwriters are also used for work in the academic field. Here, for example, they support students in the preparation of in-house, bachelor, master, diploma and other theses.
Who needs ghostwriting?
Each customer decides for himself whether and to what extent he involves a ghostwriter in his work. For many, the decision is difficult at first because confidence in the discretion and quality of the agency must be built. But the decision to have texts written by a ghostwriter does not necessarily mean a loss of control. The paid clerks are used to working exactly to the specifications of their customers. The main reasons for the use of ghostwriters are the lack of time, of thematic knowledge or of the ability to make stylistic statements.
Our offer is aimed at:
- Institutions and associations (authorities, foundations, research institutes etc.)
These audiences use academic or popular science ghostwriting for a variety of reasons: be it to describe and promote products, to ground their views in discussions with scientific arguments, to distinguish themselves from publications in their publications, or their competence in a specific field Underline the field – after all, a comprehensive, expertly written book is a first class business card!
Another problem may be that the text does not fit the client’s ideas or can not be translated within the given timeframe.
Our agency ensures that such problems do not even arise. But also clients can do a lot to ensure that there are no bad experiences (attentive study of this page is a good start):
The choice of the ghostwriter or agency will determine whether to hire a capable author or a casual writer who is just out to fill pages.
It helps if the ghostwriter is not commissioned until “five to twelve” (when all other means have been exhausted): It makes more sense to award the assignment on time and to give the writer plenty of time for research and his own designs.
The contract should be awarded under realistic conditions: in a good text, whose information has to be gathered from a large number of sources, there is a lot of work and time involved. No one can expect trained academics to work at a very low price per page and a correspondingly low hourly rate. A low price can be an indication of lack of quality but also rip off.
Anyone who hires a ghostwriter has good reasons for doing so: whether it’s a lack of time, high pressure in the workplace or too little topical competence, it does not matter to the ghostwriter. As writing professionals who have enough time and experience to handle even complex questions and topics, they can help in any situation.
Finally, in collaboration with the client, a text is created that is tailored exactly to the needs of the customer, informative, stylistically sound and objectively sound. Often, customers are surprised by the ideas that ghostwriters can add to a text to get the most out of their designs.
Disadvantages can occur if the use and selection of ghostwriters were not well thought out. In these cases, a bad text threatens, which is also still paid dearly.
Is it always wise to use academic ghostwriting?
Like every area, science is increasingly subject to economic constraints. The consequence is that, for example, institutions are increasingly outsourcing services that lack staff or expertise. Even in these cases, the services of ghostwriters are used.
However, selecting the ghostwriter can be a problem. Because the websites of various agencies and ghostwriters can hardly reveal whether it is actually high-quality and discreet.
The market is intransparent because of the confidentiality obligation to the customer. Therefore, as a ghostwriter, it is hardly possible to build a good reputation because customers do not talk about their experiences and also do not want the ghostwriter to do so – regardless of whether the work they did was good or bad.
The extent to which the use of academic ghostwriters in individual cases makes sense depends on the individual requirements and goals of the client. Often, the question is clarified only during a consultation.
Who offers (academic) ghostwriting?
In particular, academic ghostwriting was offered to the Internet by very few ghostwriters. Most of the time, customer advertisements were made via advertisements in national newspapers such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Welt am Sonntag, some specialist journals such as the Ärzteblatt and word of mouth. With the spread of the Internet, the number of ghostwriting agencies has increased dramatically. Today, there are three main types of academic ghostwriting:
Ghostwriter as a lone fighter:
Individual ghostwriters still work independently. They take care of the acquisition and write their own texts. Naturally, the range of topics of these writers is limited.
Relatively new are Internet platforms, where the provider merely provides a platform on which potential customers offer their orders, while at the same ghostwriter trying to undercut each other in the price. To what extent even a minimum of discretion can be ensured here and to what extent this business model can be applied to complex and highly sensitive topics, remains to be seen.
Finally, various agencies offer their services. In our experience, there are very few large agencies with relevant experience and background of qualified academics. All agencies have in common that the orders received are passed on to the mostly freelance ghostwriters.
The contract design in detail can be different: For some ghostwriting agencies, the customer is forwarded directly to the writer, other agencies remain during the entire order processing in all respects, the only direct contact person.
For which jobs does ghostwriting make sense?
Ghostwriting is always useful if a text is to be created that would overwhelm the client in one way or another (in terms of time, content or language). Therefore, there is a market for ghostwriting services in virtually all text types – whether a biography, a non-fiction book or an SEO text is desired.
The decision as to whether ghostwriting makes sense must be taken by each client for himself. In case of doubt, a call or an e-mail helps to clarify the expectations and conditions in advance.
Since when is there ghostwriting?
It is not presumptuous to assume that ghostwriting exists for as long as the written language itself. In addition, the fact that ghostwriting usually remains hidden from the public can not hide the fact. Ghostwriters hide behind many celebrity biographies.
Similarly, the non-fiction book market relies heavily on the existence of professional authors who write for their clients and refrain from naming their names. Even well-known authors such as Alexandre Dumas resorted to ghost writers.