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Publishing is a huge industry with over 670 million books sold last year, and that’s not including ebooks!

Who’s writing all those books? When it comes to your favorite celebrity tell all books, the author may not be who you think. 

While celebrities often have many talents, writing isn’t always one of them. So who’s writing their own books and who isn’t?

Read on and learn which celebrities have a little help when it comes to publishing their tell all stories. 

What’s a Ghostwriter?

A ghostwriter is a writer behind the scenes. He gets the paycheck but someone else gets the writing credit. 

Ghostwriters write speeches, song lyrics, novels, and memoirs. But how does a ghostwriter write a memoir? By spending hours listening to the subject’s life stories. 

A professional ghostwriter works hard learning the subject’s sentence structure, speech patterns, and life stories. After much research, the ghostwriter is ready to write. 

What about ghostwriting novels for celebrities? The ghostwriter may get a little help with the storyline from the celebrity or he might write the whole thing himself. 

Which noted celebrity authors had help?

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie’s name is on the cover of the book Priceless. But did she write it?

She described her daily writing routine when promoting the book. She said she wrote her stories. But her publisher begged to differ, offering that a ghostwriter was the main author.

It’s possible Ms. Richie contributed with some ideas of her own, but she didn’t write the book alone. 

The Kardashian Sisters

The Kardashians are famous for being famous but are they writers too? It appears they are when you read the cover of Kardashian Konfidential. The ghostwriter isn’t talking but it’s unlikely these sisters penned the entire book alone. 

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff’s novel, Elixir, is part romance, part mystery with a paranormal element thrown in for interest. Ms. Duff gives her ghostwriter (Elise Allen) credit as a co-writer. 

Ms. Duff didn’t attend college and in her own words is “a terrible speller.” It’s likely her co-writer was more of a ghostwriter!

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus was a teen when she wrote her memoir Miles to Go. She had the help of ghostwriter Hilary Liftin. Ms. Liftin is a hardworking ghostwriter whose celebrity clients include Teri Hatcher and Tori Spelling. 

Britney Spears

In Heart to Heart, Britney and her mom discuss all sorts of life matters. The ghostwriter behind the scenes was Sheryl Burk. 

This book may tell all but Ms. Spears didn’t write it all!

Novels, Memoirs, and Celebrity Tell All Books

When it comes to novels, memoirs, and celebrity tell all books, things aren’t always as they seem. Most celebrities have at least some help when it comes to writing. 

In fact, most celebrities hire a ghostwriter. Writing isn’t easy, and most celebrities aren’t famous for their witty prose and perfect grammar. That doesn’t mean the celebrity didn’t contribute, it just means they weren’t the main author. 

But don’t let that stop you from reading your favorite celebrity’s tell all book!

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