This isn’t really a rant per say… more of a frustrated question. Let me first preface my query by saying that as a ghostwriter, I don’t mind what people do with my work once it leaves my hands. It is their project, after all. I am only the conduit, so to speak.
HOWEVER, having said that…is it acceptable for one ghostwriter to accept a client, then forward that client’s private information (and by that I mean the story concept, plot outline, characters, etc.) to me, the real ghostwriter, for the actual writing? The ghostwriter middle man then sends the story to the client (who doesn’t know any of this) as his or her own work. The client leaves a glowing review and promises to hire the ghostwriter middle man again, who has also charged double my rate for the story. He/She makes a profit and I’m left to basically compete against myself.
I’m aware that this might not be against the TOS, since the copyright of the delivered work goes to the buyer, but honestly, it doesn’t make sense for me to be competing against myself at higher prices on this platform. And as a ghostwriter, I do have my integrity and I don’t like the idea of someone sharing another client’s personal ideas and story concepts with me without the client’s permission or knowledge. Is there any way to safeguard against this type of client in the future? Thank you!