How To Hire A Ghostwriter

Before hiring a ghostwriter for the first time, it will be useful to know how to choose a suitable one for the kind of writing he is supposed to produce. This can save a lot of time and money. What kind of qualification and experience does he require? What can he charge for his work? What kind of warranty can we expect from him?

While one can hire ghostwriters for any kind of writing, no ghostwriter is qualified to write everything. We have created here a small guidance describing shortly profiles of ghostwriters for different domains of writing, such as articles, biographies, blogs, books or memoirs.

Finally, a few words about Ghostwriting and Plagiarism.

Both ghostwriter and his commissioner must be aware of the existence of a gray area between ghostwriting and plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as "wrongful appropriation" or "close imitation" or "unauthorized use" of the "language and thoughts of another author" and "passing them off as one's own." Can a person be accused of plagiarism if he declares writings acquired from a ghostwriter as his own? He cannot be accused of plagiarism by the ghostwriter if the latter has turned over all the rights of his created work to the other person in exchange for some kind of remnuneration. However, there is another side of the coin. When a person is presenting to the public the writing of a ghostwriter as his own, he is obviously deceiving those who believed that he himself is the author of the work. At least in academical and professional fields such an act is considered as plagiarism and may lead to very serious consequences. An academic title, for example, may be disowned if the dissertation of the titleholder turns out be the product of plagiarism. Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Gutenberg, one of the most popular politician in Germany and defence minister of the country, got his doctoral degreee in law revoked by the Bayreuth University in 2011. The university that had awarded him the degree in 2007 found that he had grossly violated standard research practice because it has become obvious that in his dissertation plagiarism was involved. By revoking the degree the university reacted to the enormous publicity created by the website GuttenPlag Wiki which had put together 1218 instances of plagiarism from 135 different sources on 94.4% of the 393 pages of the dissertation. Read also "Can Ghostwriting be Considered Plagiarism?"

We just discussed the case of plagiarism done by the person who hires a ghostwriter. Now, let us turn our attention to the ghostwriter. If he delivers a plagiarized work to his commissioner, although he was expected to hand over unique content, he has breached a contract and should prepare himself to face the consequences of his deed. Even if he has not plagiarized the content,he may run the risk of Copyright Infringement, i.e. the unauthorized and prohibited use of works under the copyright of the copyright holder. Such an infingement will also affect the commissioner of the ghostwriter, since he is for the public the credited author. However, copyright does not prohibit all copying. The copyright laws in most of the countries allow some copying and distribution without the explicit permission of the copyright holder in accordance with the convention of Fair Use and Fair dealing.