Around the turn of the century the bottom fell out of the ghostwriting market. After Enron, executives went low-profile. And after the post-9/11 recession began, the money just wasn't there to pay a ghostwriter like myself a dollar or two a word for an opinion-editorial in The Wall Street Journal.
But, now, let the good times roll. Gotham Ghostwriters puts out there notices for both freelance assignments and full-time jobs. Every online help-wanted site, ranging from Mediabistro.com to Elance, carries a growing number of ads for ghostwriters. And, I am receiving an excellent response from my recent marketing campaign to public relations agencies for ghostwriting assignments.
Part of this is the result of pent-up demand.
Part is simply because the discipline of writing is not hammered in education any more. From the get-go, my generation had to write a composition (as it was called then), a week, way into the two semesters of freshman year in college. So, to the majority of Americans, having to write anything seems a formidable task. Lately I have even been putting together obits.
And another part is that there's no time to sit down and write an organized, proofread anything.
Therefore, this Thanksgiving all the ghostwriters of the world (and more of my clients are coming from China and Australia) should be grateful for the turnaround in our fortunes. We can pass along the blessings by offering to do pro bono work for someone who can't afford to hire us. Yes, let's ghostwrite that cover letter for the Baby Boomer who doesn't know how to present herself in a labor market tilted toward youth.