It's the perfect storyline to get a writer an assignment in brandname media: Millennial wildly successful tech entrepreneur gets charged by federal authorities for fraud. Assets are seized. Organizations have already slammed their doors in this mover and shaker's face. But, as a ghostwriter, I could be hurting my branding for extreme confidentiality if I pitched my unique angle on the developments to The Wall Street Journal or Tech Crunch.
That's a conflict more of us writers face. That's because to make a living in this era of upheaval for writers we have had to grab onto assignments outside our core competence. Since the end of the 1970s that has been executive communication for me. Since 2004, I have had to add to the menu of services I provide journalism and marketing communications.
This is the intoxication of seeing one's byline. However, there is also the pragmatic issue of what generates the most money. Currently, it's executive communications.
I have put myself in park. If the former client for whom I ghostwrote a book is convicted I will ask him if he wants me to tell this part of his story. That's a legitimate assigment for a ghostwriter who can maintain confidences.