Maybe it's a female-on-female thing. For years I envied THE NEW YORK TIMES columnist Maureen Dowd. Her writing was bold, informed, and widely read. She had a public persona. Also, her look was unusual.
Then there was me the ghostwriter and speechwriter. Mostly in the background. Now and then I put out there an article or a blog post under my own name which did get a bit of attention. But, come on, I never was in Dowd's league. And it looked like I never would be. No one from THE TIMES was contacting me about doing a column on anything.
Now, I am re-thinking the kind of professional role Dowd had. She made a mistake. That was misquoting the wife of Bill De Blasio who is a candidate for New York City mayor. Maybe I don't know enough about authentic journalism to view the mistake as career-ending. But, reports Dylan Byers in POLITICO, that's how some other journalists judge the whole thing. Byers prints their tweet opining that she should get the ax.
In ghostwriting and speechwriting, given the heavy approval process, it's almost impossible for a "mistake" to become public. Someone would have caught it. And if the mistake was mine and forgiveness isn't extended, then the worst that will happen is that the client will not use me again. So?
Shameful lesson learned: The grass isn't greener, is it.