Ever thought about ghostwriting? Then you won’t want to miss Julia Moskin’s honest and hilarious New York Times story “I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter”.
Although I’m someone who never really mastered cooking — my husband tackles the tough stuff — I have a giant collection of cookbooks, perhaps due to my wishful thinking that I will suddenly develop some talent in that department.
So it was fascinating to find out how many of these cookbooks are actually ghosted–or what the ghostwriters go through.
Apparently, it’s not an easy job. As Moskin puts it, for certain chefs, “a writer-for-hire has about the same status as a personal trainer; the relationship is friendly but not always mutually respectful.”
“I was frequently stood up, always kept waiting and once took dictation in a spa while the chef received a pedicure,” she writes.
Being a top chef may be glamorous, but apparently ghostwriting for one isn’t. “Cookbook ghostwriting brings low pay, nonexistent royalties…and only a few perks..,” notes Moskin.
At least it makes for some good stories!