Broke this Summer? Become a Ghost Writer.

What does an English major do for money in the summer? I, for one, have ghost written in the past as a way to secure summer income (since tutoring is really nonexistent in the summer months).

I have ghost written teen romance novels set in the horse racing world,

As he taught her to ride his large black stallion, he leaned in for a kiss and whispered “you ride so well.”

fantasy novels, involving werewolves and princesses,

At least there were no vampires or creepy pedophilic romances.

and, of course, potato diet cookbooks.

All hail the glorious potato!

While I was paid to write these and other various projects, my name was never on them, and that is the glory of being a ghost writer, in my opinion.


If I were to attach my name to a project, I honestly wouldn’t want it to be any of these three, and I will tell you why.

I’m not into romance. I’m not a romance person. I’ve never actually read a romance novel in my life. I can’t say I’m really into horse racing or the show world, but I was commissioned to research it and create a story around it, so I did. I’m good at researching and I’m good at writing–that is what I was paid for. I wanted the money and the woman wanted the story, so the exchange happened. In exchange for her money, my piece of work became a work for hire and she put her name on it and I’m fine with that. I’m more than fine with that–I’m happy to no longer be attached to the project.

The same thing goes for the fantasy novel and the cook book. I was paid to write these as works for hire and they are not things I would have written unless instructed to do so. While I did the research and developed the story in the fantasy novel, the cook book job came with a few recipes and diet ideas that I just stated more plainly.

Being a ghost writer does not mean selling your own ideas; being a ghost writer is fleshing out other people’s ideas because you have the talent and the know-how and they have a spark of creativity they cannot execute on their own. I sometimes feel like ghost writing gets a bad wrap, but I see nothing wrong with helping people express their ideas.

If you are a writer and broke, you can check out websites like Freelancer.Com or even Fiverr.Com and get some cash through ghost writing.

– Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA, as well as the Lead Editor of Pomona Valley Review's upcoming 11th issue. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs.
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