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I was not taking the term "ghost writing" literally. It depends upon
the agreement. I am thinking of a similar situation where I was asked
to put the SME's name as principal author of an article that he had
only reviewed (and made no comments on). I was not asked to take
my name off, but it was given second place. However, I have heard
of writers being asked to put ONLY the SME's name as the author. In
that case, I think it would be OK to include the article as a work sample
and explain the circumstances.
On the other hand, if you have made an agreement to "ghost write,"
and remain completely anonymous, yes, I think part of the deal is
that you do not get credit for the work. I can't imagine agreeing to
that unless I don't want to be associated with the work!
> I always thought that the very fact that something was "ghostwritten"
> that the ghost writer would not get credit for the work. When you ghost
> something, you agree to "help" someone write and agree that their name
> gets put
> on it.
> Why then would you later want to take credit? It seems to me to be a
> breach of
> At 12:14 PM 3/8/00 , you wrote:
> >Did you get your name on the byline, too? Was there a reason why not?
> >I think you should be able to take credit as long as you explain what
> >your contribution was.
> >Kay Robart