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Some people have asked me, “What is the difference between a copywriter and a ghostwriter What are their similarities?”
Well, I’ll start with the primary difference. It’s a simple difference. A copywriter is mainly concerned with producing sales and marketing copy for a client whereas a ghostwriter is someone who writes a book for someone else (whether it be non-fiction or fiction). The term “ghostwriter” simply means that, although they’ve written the book, they remain anonymous (a “ghost”) to that book’s readers because they aren’t listed as the author. The person/organization the book was written for is listed as the author … which is very similar to copywriting, isn’t it? The freelance copywriter rarely, if ever, receives public credit for the content they’ve written for someone else.
Which brings me to even more similarities between these two terms. The list of similarities–what they have in common–comprises much more. Here’s a short list:
1. Both ghostwriters and copywriters produce content for their clients.
2. As stated above, neither ghostwriters nor copywriters receive public credit for the content they produce for their clients.
3. Both ghostwriting and copywriting are collaborative processes in that these writers need to gain a clear understanding of what their clients want ahead of time before they begin a project, and they may need to edit/correct it along with way once it has been proofread by the client.
There are three points to get that list started. How about if someone else jumps in here and picks up where I left off? What else do these two roles have in common?