I hope this made it through your spam filter!
First, I want to thank you for helping the writing community – your site is extremely valuable!
Next, I have a question about the “proper” way to phrase ghost writing – actually not on my resume but on my personal home page.
My writing samples go back to the 90’s, but I’m currently in the process of scanning all those print versions (I don’t have any of them available electronically). At my most recent position, I was a ghost writer for the company president and wrote numerous articles for trade publications (marine and RV). Now that I’m freelancing, this is particularly disturbing, since lack of a byline is not helpful to me!
Here’s how I’m currently phrasing my tenure as a ghost writer:
I was (Name of Company)’s ghost writer for articles that were published in marine industry trade publications under the byline of the company president and vice president of lending.
Can you offer any advice for this situation? Thanks Anne!
Yes, you made it through the filter – adding only QA to the subject line helps.
For the copy editors out there, according to Dictionary.com ghostwriter can also be spelled ghost writer so I’ve left TL’s spelling in his question.
You’re right, this does get tricky. My personal goal is to never ever embarrass the client by pointing out they hired a ghostwriter unless they have told me, preferably in writing, that I can name them. Even so, I downplay it mostly.
If I thought the company or the “author” would be willing to give me permission, I’d ask. But I might not. It would depend on the relationship and what I knew about the person’s attitude toward the fact that he hired someone to write for him.
With that in mind I’d probably leave out any reference to the principles and instead simply say something like” numerous articles about the maritime industry, including finance for (Name of Company) that were published in various trade magazines. Samples on request.”
My thinking is that showing them to a few individual possible clients is better than posting them on your site.
If these are your only samples you’ll have to make a judgement call… you don’t need more than two or three articles to show… just enough to demonstrate you can write. As you get more gigs, those, of course, will replace the older ones.
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