A Ghostwriter Who Hired A Ghostwriter


Nowadays, the demand for ghostwriters is on the rise. Some people like to use their services to write for their blogs and social media accouts to lessen their burden while others even hire them to write a book for them. Nonetheless, ghostwriting has been around for centuries, in one form or another. There are historians who surmised that a number of well-known writers in the past had employed ghostwriters to help them finish their works.

But what about ghostwriters hiring ghostwriters? We have heard of people hiring ghostwriters several times though we seldom hear about a ghostwriter employing a ghostwriter. While this practice may be more common these days, I’m only aware of one example on record.

During the 1936 World Series, Sportswriter Tom Meany was a ghostwriter for Christy Walsh, the business manager of baseball player Babe Ruth. Meany was so busy at the time with other writing projects that he had to employ a ghost to gost for him.

“I hired [Tom Meany] on my staff of ghost writers for the 1936 World Series and found when the Series opened that he had sublet the assignment,” Walsh wrote (or maybe a ghostwriter wrote), “the only ghost writer I ever employed who had a ghost writer of his own!”


Jackie Robinson, Baseball has Done It, 1964


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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17 Responses to A Ghostwriter Who Hired A Ghostwriter

  1. Nariah’s Favorite App Games says:

    Brings to mind a local political candidate who sounds so knowledgeable on social media, but not so good in the local debates. In politics, they are called campaign managers, staff, and sometimes speech writers, but really, they are ghostwriters.


  2. an interesting story


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  4. Abigail says:

    I’ve heard of ghostwriting, though only as it applied to celebrity autobiographies. It didn’t occur to me that articles online or social media accounts could be ghostwritten! I guess if you have the money, who will stop you? Still, I wouldn’t hire one for my own writing. I enjoy the satisfaction of having my own words in print too much to pass it to someone else due to want of time.
    You say that you’ve ghostwritten, Edmark. How was the experience?

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    • Anything can be ghostwritten as long as you can afford it (it can be rather expensive). As for ghostwriting online articles and social media statuses, it’s getting more widespread now and it has a huge market. Few people want to talk about this openly for obvious reasons so it’s not a common knowledge.

      My blog accepts guest posts but I wouldn’t want to hire someone to ghostwrite for me. It defeats the purpose of blogging in my opinion.

      I have ghostwritten pure math articles (mostly number theory, topology and combinatorics) on math sites and publications. I charge per word ranging from $4-8 per word depending on the topic and the publisher. This is higher than the rates in other niches since there are a very few supply of ghostwriters who can write in this niche. For articles on undergraduate level algebra and calculus for instance, there are people who only get paid $0.50 per word.

      It may earn me some money but I don’t like to ghostwrite. Being able to take credit for your own work is more fun.


  5. I’ve heard there’s money to be made in ghostwriting, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I want credit for whatever words I write. They’re MY words, and no one else is entitled to them. If only I could get a paying publisher to see it my way.

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  6. So, Edmark, the real question is, do you also have a ghostwriter?

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  7. I recently read that James Patterson uses ghost writers who use ghost writers in turn – quite spooky when you think about it ….

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  8. delphini510 says:

    I didn’t know that anyone would hire for their own private writing. Where is the creativity gone if you don’t even take part of creating?
    As to reporting sports I don’t know. I guess people want to believe it is the voice of someone famed and so this personemploy someone who can write but hasn’t got “the name”.
    Quick thought in the morning.
    I would blog even less often if I couldn’t do my own or take a break.

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    • Unfortunately, this is how the game is played these days. Many celebrities hire ghostwriters to update their social media statuses and other bigger sites employ several ghostwriters in the background for instance. Oh, I was hired to ghostwrite on several math sites and publications before.

      Well, there’s nothing new to it but its more prevalent now I think.

      I can’t imagine myself hiring a ghostwriter to write for me. That just won’t do.

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  9. puzzleblume says:

    Spooky, but also well-known from the great artists in paintings and sculpture, who had their “ghosts” working since ages, so nothing new at all.

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  10. masercot says:

    I ghosted once… my second paying gig. Twelve short funny essays about presidential candidates for 2008. Oddly satisfying…

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