Mia Sherwood Landau

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In the business of book writing and publishing, ghostwriters are everywhere. We are not hiding in broom closets, jumping out on occasion to shout "BOO!"

But to anyone who doesn't write books, and even to the majority of people who read books hiring a ghostwriter seems a bit like cheating. How could someone hire somebody else to write a book and then call it their own?

We all hire others other people to do things for us, from dental hygenists to oil change mechanics, but for some reason hiring someone to write our book may be questionable. Is it the right thing to do?

I love the mystique of being a ghostwriter. I love it when people ask what I do and I say, "I'm a ghostwriter."  The conversation that follows is much easier and more fun than when I reply, "I'm a coach, " or "I'm a personal branding expert." Those conversations seem to fizzle.

But a ghostwriter, now that's something to talk about!

Last year a YouTuber named Zoella found out there are plenty of people who think having a ghostwriter makes you a fake author. She took plenty of heat when her fans discovered she didn't writer her book called, "Girl Online."

What do you think about that reaction? Would you call her a fake?

Would you call my clients fake authors because they hire me to write their books?  Fess up, now...

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