Ghost writing is an interesting concept. You have an idea for a story, but you don’t have the time, or simply just don’t know how to write a story. So, why not save some time and effort and hire someone with the experience and know-how to do it? Not a bad idea.
I think this idea works great for television shows and movie spin-offs and things like that. It can help further brand your show/idea and reach a bigger audience. Not to mention it can help turn more people into readers which, as a writer, I’m certainly not complaining!
However, what about those people who just want to have their own book? Is there an issue of morals there? Can someone be truly satisfied and claim that they wrote a book even if they had it ghost written? I don’t mean to say that ghost writing is bad. Actually, I think it’s great that there are people out there willing to help those who know they don’t have time to dedicate to writing a fully-developed book. But, personally I don’t know if I could advertise “my” book saying, “Hey, I wrote this book, check it out!” I would almost feel like I had to say, “Hey, I had an idea for a book, so I had it ghost written by John/Jane Doe. Check it out!”
As for the other side–the side of the ghost writer–I certainly wouldn’t mind trying my hand at it. I mean, surely if their books sell, ghost writing can provide a decent income for those looking to either make it a full-time job, or bring in some money on the side. Not to mention if you are decent at ghost writing, you likely have the necessary skills to write your own books.
What do you think? Could you claim a book as your own if you had it ghost written? Would you ever ghost-write a book for someone?