When I wrote up my thoughts about ghost posting as something writers might do for employment at time of shrinking jobs for writers or for gaining more visibility by hiring others to post on the social media for them, I never imagined how controversial this topic would be. While some writers thought of this as a new kind of job they hadn’t considered, other writers and some publicists for them were appalled. They felt that readers wanted to hear from the real writers, not their stand-ins, and they decried the fakery of someone posing as that writer.
Yet, in thinking about ghost posting, I wondered how is this very different from the ghostwriter who pens a non-fiction book or novel for someone else or from the speech writer who writes what a politician, business person, or other speaker has to say. In fact, ghostwriting is a widely accepted profession today, and there is even an association of ghostwriters of which I’m a member. So how is ghost posting different? The posts may be shorter and there are many more of them are scattered widely on the social media. But in essence all of these writers are preparing copy to be used by someone else, and generally they are not recognized, since the client presents what they have written as their own.
The one type of ghostwriting that is frowned upon and may sometimes be illegal or result in severe consequences if discovered is academic ghosting, where a student presents someone else’s work as their own. However, this is a different situation in that someone is getting graded for a course or being judged qualified to receive a degree based on someone else’s work. So they may not really be worthy of that degree and may even harm someone by their lack of qualification, such as the doctor or lawyer who earned his degree by someone else taking his or her exams. By contrast, when a ghostwriter is hired for a book or a speech, this type of writing contributes to the client’s celebrity or presence and is widely accepted.
In any case, it seems like the use of ghost posters has been growing today along with the social media, and more and more writers are finding this a new type of career niche. I was even inspired by the controversy to write a song about this. So here it is. I call it: “Ghost Poster”. I’m still finalizing it, but I’m making arrangements for someone to write the music and record it, and there may even be a video for it in a few weeks. So here it is. I welcome your comments.
I once worked as a writer.
Until money got tighter.
Now celebrities rule the day.
My old boss fired me.
But famous people hire me.
As their voice while they work and they play.
I don’t care what you say.
At least ghost clients pay.
And ghost posting is what more and more people do. I don’t care if it’s a sham.
A ghost poster’s what I am.
And who knows, you could be a ghost poster, too.
So now I’m a ghost poster.
A social media ghoster,
I speak for others instead.
I’m their voice on Twitter.
Their Facebook babysitter.
I write like a ghost from the dead.
Many don’t like my work.
They say I’m being a jerk.
It’s amazing how mad some folks feel.
They say it’s all fake.
Like a fraud on the take.
When a writer should be the real deal.
But they’re fine with ghost writers,
And press or speech writers.
Who write the words others speak.
Yeah, it’s a crying shame,
If you don’t have the fame,
But at least you get paid for the week.
So why not be a ghost poster if that’s what it takes.
To survive in a time of more and more fakes?
Gini Graham Scott, PhD, is the author of over 50 books and a speaker/seminar leader, specializing in social trends, work relationships, professional development, and writing and publishing books. Her latest books include THE TRUTH ABOUT LYING; WANT IT, SEE IT, GET IT!; and USING LINKEDIN TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS OR YOURSELF. She also helps clients write, publish, and promote their own books and find publishers and agents through Changemakers Publishing and Writing. She has a publishing company Changemakers Publishing and writes screenplays, both her own and for clients. Her Websites are athttp://www.changemakerspublishingandwriting.com andhttp://www.ginigrahamscott.com.