Ghostwriting is moving beyond celebrity biographies to customer service emails, employment negotiations, and posts on dating sites.
Online dating coach Erika Ettin admits, "I write to potential matches. I respond. I delete the inappropriate people.” She'll also rewrite profiles and swipe on her clients' behalf. She defends the practice:
I know sometimes people paint ghostwriting in a negative way. They say it’s disingenuous. But it’s a trend that’s going to continue. People don’t always know what to write and how to put their best foot forward.
A few years ago, actor George Takei was criticized for using a ghost writer. His 4 million Facebook followers were upset when they learned he paid $10 a joke.
- When do you think it's appropriate to hire a ghostwriter, and when does the practice cross a line?
- Ettin mentions the argument that using a ghostwriter is "disingenuous." Do you agree? Why or why not? Is it authentic? What's the difference?
- Would you hire a ghostwriter for dating or for job communications? Why or why not?