Ghostwriting Unveiled: Here’s What Really Goes Down

Setting the record straight on ghostwriting

Rick Martinez
4 min readSep 30, 2023
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In the ever-expanding realm of publishing, ghostwriting is a topic that garners a fair amount of mystique and, unfortunately, misunderstanding.

It’s a buzzword that gets tossed around a lot, especially when some big-shot releases a bestselling book. With high-profile names often attached to ghostwritten works, the role and ethical dimension of ghostwriting have been subject to sweeping generalizations. We’re here to set the record straight on what professional ghostwriting truly involves.

Yup, the misconceptions are everywhere. But I’m here to lay it all out — no frills, smoke, or mirrors.

Who’s Knocking at the Ghostwriter’s Door?

First up, let’s break down who’s actually ringing the ghostwriter’s doorbell.

Sure, you’ve got your big CEOs, celebrities, and thought leaders. But guess what? Ghostwriting isn’t some VIP-only club. We’re talking stay-at-home parents, young entrepreneurs, and even aspiring writers.


Well, reasons can be as different as chalk and cheese — could be a life story itching to get out, a business strategy that’s gold, or simply, a tale too good not to share.



Rick Martinez

My journey began on food stamps • I help CEOs & entrepreneurs write & publish books that give them authority & legacy • Former CEO turned ghostwriter