I don't know if you've been following the #cutpastecris mess. Apparently someone plagiarized several popular romance writers and sent the pieces to ghost writers to turn into stories she could self-publish on Amazon. This has brought up discussions about the ethics of ghostwriting.
I knew people used ghostwriters for autobiographies and certain series like Nancy Drew, but I'm hearing that some people are using ghostwriters to generate frequent new releases under one author name. Is this considered ethical?I can't figure out why it would be more profitable for an unknown to pay a ghostwriter and publish than for the ghostwriter to publish his or her own books, but they say it's happening. Supposedly frequent new releases increase visibility on Amazon, so maybe that's why?I have no plans to either take up ghostwriting or hire one, but I'm curious to hear what you have to say on this subject.
Several other well known crime writers do the same.
It's totally ethical to do this.
Anyone (and I don't mean you) who throws wild accusations around about ghostwriting being unethical is simply not living in the real world. Is Coco Chanel is still stitching every dress that bears her name? Does Michael Kors personally hammer the logo on that handbag? Do Ben and Jerry stand over an ice cream maker?
Many MANY "brand names" started out as real people. That doesn't mean they're still in the trenches.
What they DO NOT DO is steal someone else's work.Ghostwriting isn't unethical. STEALING is.
There are several morally bankrupt ways to make money.
Stealing is one of them.
The reason the criminal justice system exists is because "it's wrong" isn't dissuasion enough for some folks.
And then there are people who have no problem buying things that are stolen. Every "free" download of a book from an obscure website is proof of that.
Unfortunately, policing the brigands is now part of every writer's job.
As to why a writer would participate in this loathsome behaviour, I can't begin to guess. It's not like it's bank robbery that actually pays promptly and in cash.