These days it seems like almost everyone has been publishing books. From comedians to singer and television actors to Youtube stars. It’s almost as if publishing a book is your claim to fame. Which for some reason, we don’t really get. Because publishing a book once used to be something that only writers did. Writing used to be an art, but now it seems like almost anyone and everyone can “write”. Our biggest gripe to this whole social change is the existence of ghost writers. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically an individual who writes content and gets paid to do so, so that someone else can put their name on the work.
Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it? Pretending to be a writer so that people who read your book actually think that you can write that well. The biggest concern is the recent controversy behind a well known Youtuber, Zoella, who penned a book that instantly became a Bestseller, but was then outed for using a ghost-writer. Her novel, Girl Online, deals with a wide range of issues that the internet has created for us. One being the ever constant presence online bullying.
Zoella (otherwise known as Zoe Sugg), with the help of her ghost writer, Siobhan Curham, penned a book that instantly grew popular, and when news of her ghostwriter came out, many stood on the side that Zoe didn’t have talent and that wanted to cash in her on her fame by using another outlet. While another camp ran with the idea that Siobhan Curham wanted to cash in on Zoe’s fame since her full name was printed in the back cover of the novel with a thanks from Zoe. Regardless of the situation, it’s the fact that a ghostwriter that was used which stirred up all of these emotions. But it’s important to note that ghostwriters have always been part of the publishing industry and because we haven’t been completely aware of it is why we don’t vibe well with this knowledge.