Must be a “May” thing, but in the last two weeks, I’ve heard at least 5 times that an author BLAMED their “Ghostwriter” for [insert the excuse for bad author behavior, such as plagerism, leaning on fair-use doctrine too hard, or flat out article theft).
Bottom Line: If you’re going to hire a ghostwriter to write for you on an exclusive rights basis (the only type of ghost written articles we accept), then know that you will be held 100% responsible for the integrity of the articles listed.
When I hear “must have been that rotten no-good two-bit ghost writer that did the bad thing”… I think, “you’re the dummy because you didn’t do quality control on the agent you hired.”
Ghostwriters come cheap these days and that must be the pressure that some of them stoop to lower their integrity in order to get the job done. Don’t be duped by a bad ghostwriter… but if you are duped, don’t publish the works until you’ve done random exact match spot checks in the major search engines on the works to ensure it is original work.
You can do an “exact match” search by putting quotes around the phrase or sentence.