Saturday, August 5, 2017

On Ghostwriting

Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff posted on Bookview Cafe on when to break up with your ghostwriting client, which also applies to editing clients and writer-writer collaborations.

I've never done a ghostwriting job, but I've collaborated on writing projects and I absolutely agree with her that you have to be able to trust your partner. If your collaborator or client starts going squirrely on you, it's time to bail.

Note that Maya was getting paid for her work regardless of whether the books got published, but bailed because she didn't want to deal with the squirrely client, money or no money. Sounds like she made the right choice.

Check it out..



Charles Gramlich said...

I've had moments when i wanted to do that with students.

Angie said...

Just fire them? :) Yeah, I had a few like that, when I was TAing.


Suzan Harden said...

Wow! Just, um, wow. Maya did the right thing. Sometimes a job isn't worth the headache.

Angie said...

Suzan -- seriously. Especially seeing years of patient work and progress going down the drain? Yeah, no. :(