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I was wondering if there was such a way, that if someone is not such a good writer that they can get someone to write the story for them?  But tell them what to write?  I'm not sure if that is legal but maybe you could answer my question. Thanks, Laura


Not only is this perfectly legal, it's also very common.  It's called "ghost writing."  Typically this is done for famous people who want their name on a book but have no time/inclination/skill to write it themselves.

How do you find a ghost writer for your book?  Well, you can look in the trade magazines... Writers Digest, for example... and look in the classifieds in the back.  Look in online ads, too.

But be prepared to pay a pretty penny for this.  Writing a book is a lot of hard work, and even we writers expect to be paid for our time.  

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Vincent M. Wales


I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.


For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

BA in fiction writing.

Awards and Honors
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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