They say that the true art of writing is rewriting. But most people misinterpret that as meaning that it's a long process of refining your written word over and over again until the text is a finely-crafted narrative-delivering vessel and the phrasing seems both effortless and poetic. That's not it at all.
All you really need to do is know how to rewrite the author page, so that you've successfully replaced the actual author's name with your own. Or, at least that's what I gather from this account by an editor writing for Salon…
"Two weeks ago I discovered, to my surprise, that I had line-edited an early draft of Glenn Beck’s new novel, Agenda 21. Glenn Beck! At the time I was working on it, the manuscript belonged to its actual author, a woman named Harriet Parke, who lives a few minutes from my aunt.
"But a year and a few lawyers later, Glenn Beck purchased the right to call himself its creator, and Ms. Parke agreed to be presented as a ghostwriter… Her name appears as a "ghostwriter" in small letters on the cover."
You know what? This actually makes me like Beck more than I used to. I've always suspected that Beck has been stealing his ideas and opinions from crazy homeless people on the street outside his office.
Now, it seems more likely that he buys them.
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