When we were following up on Leslie’s nomination of V.C. Andrews’ Flowers in The Attic in our Shoebox On The Motorway genre (by the way, Leslie, a huge piece of lemon meringue pie is on its way to you by Aussie Wombat Post) we were amazed to learn that many of the books published under the Andrews name were in fact written by Andew Neiderman. (Well, at least he’s called Andrew). Did you know that? Andrews died in 1986. 60 books have been published since her death: http://www.completevca.com/library.shtml
This made us think about writers who have stables. James Patterson is read by millions. How many of his readers know that the books are written by a stable of ghostwriters? Does anyone care? Should they?
Other big names that crop up here are Tom Clancy, William Shatner, Robert Ludlum and Isaac Asimov. Did Kingsley Amis contribute to The Man With The Golden Gun after Fleming’s death? Did you know “Nancy Drew” was a stable of writers? And check out our post on Jennie Erdal and Naim Attallah here:
Erdal wrote nine books of interviews and two novels in Attallah’s name before eventually outing him in her own book called Ghosting.
We even hear that ghostwriting is rampant in hiphop and rap music! What next? Ghostwriting of protest songs?
Here’s a nice article by someone who describes herself as “a literary collaborator”:
Gert’s never thought of this as a career move, but there are distinct possibilities. Give us a week or so and we think we can turn our hand to anything. Offers, please.
Would you care if you knew that the latest book by your favourite author wasn’t actually written by him/her?