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Glossary

 

 

Ghostwriter: One who writes for another person but remains anonymous.

 

Author & Writer: Inside the publishing industry, the ghostwriter and client possess traditional titles to distinguish their different roles. From Hollywood to New York City, the ghostwriter is universally referred to as “The Writer,” and the client who hires the ghostwriter is referred to as “The Author”—even if the client will never write a single word. This is because the client is the one whose name will appear on the book cover, who will be credited with writing the book, and who will own the copyright.

 

Copyright: The exclusive rights to the publication, production, or sale of the rights to a literary, musical, or artistic work. This is filed with the U.S. Library of Congress. In the case of ghostwritten works, the copyright is held by the credited author, not the ghostwriter.

 

Non-Disclosure Agreement: Commonly referred to as an NDA, this document promises that the signatory (in this situation, the ghostwriter) will not reveal any conversations, documents, records, or other communications to anyone not specified in the agreement.

 

Fiction: A book, story, or movie that describes events that never happened. Novels are fiction.

 

Nonfiction: A book, article, or movie that is factual, or at least someone’s honestly held opinion. Autobiographies and business books are nonfiction, but so are books that describe alien abductions. It is nonfiction if the author claims it to be true.

 

Literary agent: A professional commissioned agent, whose clients generally are comprised of writers, who seeks to represent those clients and sell their manuscripts to publishers.

 

Query letter: The letter an author or ghostwriter sends to various literary agents seeking representation for a given piece of work.

 

Book proposal: A collection of ten documents, written by the author or ghostwriter, intended to get a literary agent or publisher interested in a book. It’s somewhat similar to a business plan. It includes a synopsis of the work; biography of the author; various marketing plans, analysis and demographics; and two or three of the book’s opening chapters.