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Ghostwriting

November 28, 2019

- a ghastly ghost story -

 

Scriitor talentat dar ratat fiind, m-am gândit să mă fac ghostwriter. Dacă tot mă chinuie talentul, măcar să scriu spre folosul altora; dacă sunt oricum o stafie, dacă m-am lăsat de scris dar tot nu mă pot opri, măcar să-mi satur din când în când demonul scrisului scriind ce vreau eu sau ce vor alții, liber sau la comandă, fără să-mi bat capul cu publicatul, fiindcă te publică alții instantaneu, eficient și organizat, și te mai și plătesc pentru asta. Dar totul nu sub numele tău, ci al altuia/altora; și nu în română ci în engleză. Eu îmi satur setea de scris, iar ei - treaba lor ce fac ei cu ceea ce am scris eu. Nimeni niciodată nu va ști că tu ai scris cartea aia fiindcă invariabil semnezi un NDA - nondisclosure agreement, un contract de anonimat pe viață (și după viață). Un fel de plagiat cu acordul scris și secret al celui plagiat că renunță la toate drepturile de autor și le cedează plagiatorului în eternitate. Adică un plagiat legal?! Ce naivă am fost până acum, credeam că asta nu se poate întâmpla never ever. Și niciodată nu mi-am pus problema că romanul pe care-l citesc, sau blogul, sau articolul nu e scris de cel care-l semnează. Pseudonim e ok pentru că undeva este înregistrat numele real al scriitorului, dar ghostwriting-ul ăsta - ?! ce este, de fapt?

 

Așa că m-am apucat să studiez ghostwriting-ul. Știam ce e, cum se face, care sunt regulile, dar asta n-a amortizat șocul pe care l-am avut să descopăr că este o piață literară i-men-să, foarte riguroasă contractual, foarte demanding și foarte common practice (cel puțin în Occident). Toate genurile literare posibile, de la literatură pentru copii la Victorian era romance, sau Western, sau horror, how-to books sau website-uri întregi, de toate pentru toți și all positions. Sunt curioasă dacă există și în România; aș vrea să întreb și câțiva scriitori români care e părerea lor despre ghostwriting în general (am o listă de întrebări), aș vrea să întreb tineri scriitori dacă s-ar apuca de așa ceva și de ce ar face-o. Mie mi-a distrus încrederea în coperta unei cărți, inocența cu care privesc o copertă de carte atunci când o cumpăr: de acum înainte, când țin o carte în mâini, dacă nu e vorba de un scriitor consacrat (ba chiar și consacrații, nu m-ar mira), o să mă întreb dacă numele de pe copertă e al adevăratului autor, cine e adevăratul autor și ce anume l-a îndemnat să semneze un contract de anonimat pe viață, cât de disperat sau cât de pragmatic este un ghostwriter, ce dramă sau pur și simplu ce plăcere îl îndeamnă să facă ghostwriting.

 

Cu, probabil, destule excepții, este un job foarte prost plătit, există însă edituri care-și au grijă de scriitorii ăștia, și probabil că se poate trăi decent din ghostwriting (dacă pot spune așa...). 

 

Însă întrebarea care mă preocupă este: este ghostwriting-ul legal (că moral, clar nu e)? După cât de „normal” e pe piețele literare occidentale, se pare că da. Cum rămâne cu dreptul la proprietate intelectuală? Cum e în stare un scriitor, orice scriitor, să publice romane, texte, articole etc., scrise de alții sub numele lui? O mai dormi bine noaptea? Măcar editurile care practică ghostwriting inventează câțiva scriitori fictivi și, sub numele astea, publică ceea ce o armată de ghostwriters scriu. Așadar un scriitor de novelete de amor bine vândute poate să nici nu fie real, ci pur și simplu un nume inventat sub care se ascund, ciuperci productive, o mulțime de scriitori mai mici. E înșelătorie, dar probabil pe consumator nu-l interesează neapărat cine e autorul pe care-l consumă, iar ghostwriterul scrie senin și e mulțumit că are un job.

 

Data viitoare când citiți un „New York Times Bestselling Author”, nu fiți foarte sigur că autorul de pe copertă este într-adevăr cel care a și scris cartea...

 

 

 

Mai jos exemplific cu câteva anunțuri găsite la o simplă căutare pe net, citez: 

 

Needs to hire 2 Freelancers

I need 30 romance eBooks written for 2 new pen names. Each book will need to be between 9,000 and 10,000 words, along with a 150-200 word description.

I'll provide our complete romance writing guide which we've used to successfully launch nearly 120 eBooks under 4 different pen names. Additionally, you'll receive a guide on writing the book descriptions, as well as tools to assist in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

The proposed budget for each eBook is $0.015 / word.- Content should be creative, high quality, and 100% original

The eBook should be delivered in .doc or .docx format.

You agree that you will own no rights to the work or parts of the work, and you understand and agree your name will not appear anywhere in the work. Our publishing house retains all copyrights to these eBooks.

You must be experienced with this type of writing and be a native English speaker. You must also have excellent spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Please provide a 500-750 word  writing sample (1-2 pages) along with your application.

I'm looking to create an ongoing business relationship with a handful of talented authors because I have many future projects in mind.

I hope to hear from you!

 $4,500 Fixed-price

 

Needs to hire 3 Freelancers

We are looking for an excellent writers to join our publishing team and produce high-quality fiction content

We will be paying $40 for a 20,000 word romance novella to start. The story will be written in first person from dual POV. This can be a one time job, or multiple stories, or a series, all depending on how well the first story works out.

The skills necessary for this job include:

• writing engaging, 100% original and creative stories,

• being an experienced writer,

• being fluent in English,

• producing work that is free of errors,

• having an excellent grammar and vocabulary, and being able to thoroughly proofread and edit,

• respecting deadlines

No plagiarism can be tolerated, and work will be checked for plagiarism. By applying to this job post, you agree that this is a work for hire and ghostwriting position. By submitting your proposal, you understand that this position is for ghostwriting work. Once the work is accepted and paid for, all the ownership rights are transferred to us. The story's copyrights will be transferred to us, and you will not retain any rights to the finished products. We reserve the right to use the material in any form, whether electronic or print, and will own all rights for publication, including but not limited to, the copyrights, byline rights, resale, ownership, editing, revision, and distribution rights. You will have no rights to distribute or republish the material in any form whatsoever, even excerpts for your portfolio.

 

Publisher seeks Ghostwriters for Historical Romance - long term work, prompt payment

Creative Writing Needs to hire 3 Freelancers

We are a passionate publishing house run by an experienced team looking for professional ghostwriters to work with us on a long term. We have consistent work for our ghostwriters in our serious business of producing e-books across a variety of genres.

At the moment, we are looking for experienced ghostwriters to work on our historical romance project. We require ghostwriters to be able to write full length novel of 60k to 80k, and to commit to writing several books.

Our offer:

1) Regular work

2) Prompt payment

3) Fair rates increment

4) Clear and swift communication

In exchange, what we seek on your part is:

1) Professional attitude

2) Clear and swift communication

3) Openness to feedback and doing changes

4) MEET DEADLINES

Project budget:

The rate of $1080 listed here is based on 60k words and just a guideline. We are open to negotiation based on your experience. For highly experienced and expert ghostwriters, we are more than willing to raise our budget.

Below, we have listed some key requirements needed for this role:

1) Fast and strong writer who can produce 60,000 words in 4 weeks

2) Willing to research on the genre to ensure factual accuracy

3) Willing to extend blurb as part of the project

4) Honest in your strengths and weaknesses so we can assign the best projects to you

5) Willing to do at least one round of edits provided the volume of changes is reasonable - if you are a strong writer, such edits would be minimal

***Plagiarism: We take a serious view of plagiarism have zero tolerance on writers that copy the work of others. All written copies received by us will go through a few plagiarism checkers. The writers will not be paid if the content is not original and the malpractice will be reported to Upwork immediately.

About us:

We have been in the e-book publishing business since 2015 and we came onto Upwork in 2017 in search of highly qualified ghostwriters. We have guided several ghostwriters and work with them closely to produce and publish several number one bestselling books in various historical romance genres. Our team is pleasant to work with as you can see from the feedback left on Upwork by our previous ghostwriters. We also have the expertise, resources and experience to ensure all our projects are professionally conducted such that there will be minimal hiccups along the way, and to ensure all our ghostwriters have consistent work and are remunerated fairly for their efforts.

But we have little tolerance for ghostwriters who repeatedly fail to meet deadlines or who would give multiple excuses to delay submission.

*Kindly read through this job post carefully as all points mentioned are important.

**Please apply along with samples of your previous work.

 $1,080 Fixed-price Expert level

 I am willing to pay higher rates for the most experienced freelancers

 Poject Type:Ongoing project

You will be asked to answer the following questions when submitting a proposal:

What is your turnaround time to finish a 60k novel? Ideally we prefer a 30-day turnaround.

Are you willing to make an acceptable level of edits/changes to your work if required and as part of the project cost?

Which historical romance genre are you capable of writing?

 

We are looking for a highly experienced children’s ghostwriter to deliver a number of volumes in a series of books aimed at pre school age (children up to 5 years of age) to both a UK and worldwide audience. The content will be discussed on return of a signed NDA.
You will have a creative side able to understand the market and deliverables for this age group. Full direction will be provided however, your ideas and expertise will be sought.

 

Și iată și un anunț, culmea!, pentru „ghost romance novel ghostwriter needed”:

 

I'm a New York Times Bestselling Author and I'm looking for a ghostwriter to take over one of my existing series, this one a ghost romance series.

You will need to read the first 3 books in the series and write the rest of book 4 which will need to be 40,000 words. Please be a fast reader as I will need the first 3 books read within a week or so. I will pay $10 per book read.

Please only apply to this job if you have a good rating on Upwork and if you are a fast writer. I need the 40,000 words to be finished in 4 weeks aka 10,000 words a week. Deadlines are set in stone and if you aren't able to deliver each 10,000 word submission by the due date, I will need to cancel the contract. Please only apply for this job if you are sure you can finish 40,000 words in 4 weeks.

If we work well together, I would hire you to continue working on this series. Each remaining book would be 80,000 words and I pay $1200 per book. You could adopt the series and make it your own as I'm very open to new ideas, etc.

Please note that each book will require an outline showing the direction you'd like to take the book. I will make notes on the outline and give my general opinion of where the book is going but I'm very much about your ideas as well.

I will also require you to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

I'm very open to any creative ideas you have and I'm looking for someone to join my team long term and take over this series. This could end up being a very lucrative job for someone who can write quickly! As soon as you finish one book, I'll have you start on the next so it really would behoove you to write quickly.

When applying, please include 3 samples of your creative writing. If you have any that are in the first person, that would be even better. Paranormal even better!

$600 Fixed-price I am looking for a mix of experience and value.

 

 

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