Is Not Crediting a Co-writer/Ghostwriter Disingenuous?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

In today’s lead article, Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser discuss the art of collaboration. Moser has ghostwritten several celebrity works on which her name doesn’t appear. In this day and age, there are several authors — James Patterson is the most famous — who rely on co-writers to do most of the actual writing of their books. While his co-writers do appear on the jackets, albeit in smaller gold-embossed type, there are numerous other writers (celebrities especially) who choose to leave the name of their co-writer off the jacket — turning them into ghostwriters.

The question for today: Is this disingenuous? A form, ultimately, of lying? And it is time in particularl instances, such as for political works, that it should be disallowed?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.