Millennials, including those who have invested in pricey MFA degrees, have looked at the future of writing as a career and decided ghostwriting is shrewd to pursue. As they answer ads for ghostwriters on Craigslist, Mediabistro, and Careerbuilder, they gush about how much they wish to tell that executive's or leader's story in their exact voice. No chasing fortune and fame as a novelist or journalist so much any more.
I was clued into this trend by requests for 20 minutes of time to discuss how Millennials could break into ghostwriting. Those requests have become more frequent as the downsizing of journalism has become more of a tedious continuing story. If enough folks at the prestigious THE NEW YORK TIMES don't take the buyouts, there will be layoffs.
In addition, one of those thought leaders searching for a ghostwriter had put an ad on one of those looking-for-talent forums. So far, she has received 300 replies mostly from Millennials with writing degrees such as the MFA. The bad news for them is that she chose me because it's obvious that I am seasoned, dealing with many voices, formats, and messaging.
When we met today to discuss assignments she asked me why so many young people are chasing ghostwriting. My answer was blunt: It pays well.
Also, it is a career path in which you can build enough of a brandname to fly solo. The way to do that is to have clients with the connections or with our help to be published in brandname media. This past eight months have been good to my portfolio. My recent (and that's what they are interested in) publication credits include: FORBES, THE WASHINGTON POST, Fox Business, PR NEWS, Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha, Yahoo, DEFENSE SECURITY SYSTEMS, and brandname blogs.
With more writers getting smart about hedging their way of making a living, having ghostwriting as one service to offer represents ultimate pragmatism. Can a writer survive and thrive solely as a ghostwriter? Yes, if they luck out with the publication credits. Leaders and executives want their byline in the big time.