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Subject:Re: Ghostwriting From:Sarah Lee Bihlmayer <tecscrib -at- SIRIUS -dot- COM> Date:Sat, 10 Feb 1996 12:18:55 -0700
K.D. Fisher asked about ghostwriting. Although I've never been asked to
ghostwrite articles for a professional journal, I've had a good half-dozen
ghostwriting gigs. All were for commercially available computer books. In
each case, I've received a percentage of the gross profits (i.e.,
royalties), and credit for writing assistance and/or editing on the
The projects break down very neatly into two categories:
1. The author needs to get a book published for professional reasons and
is doing well enough financially to give up a portion (15-30%) of the
2. The author is an SME who signs a book contract with a publisher,
collects (and spends) the advance, and then can't deliver usable copy. In
this case, I'm retained by the author to do a developmental edit and total
rewrite of massive proportions. Since the purpose of hiring me is to avoid
a breach-of-contract lawsuit, I'm able to negotiate a royalty percentage of
In either case, I sign a collaborative contract with the author that
stipulates the percent of the royalties I receive. And since I receive
credit in print, there is no problem using the books as samples of my work.
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