In his excellent piece for this blog last week (‘You can’t avoid ethical questions’, 26 January 2021), my UG colleague, Philip Whiteley looked at the very interesting question of whether we as ghostwriters sometimes find ourselves turning down a writing opportunity, which otherwise ticks every box, because we feel it would sit uneasily with our consciences to go ahead with it.
Philip’s article led me to reflect on the (very few) occasions I’ve decided against working with a client because I’ve felt that my involvement in their project would be morally questionable in my own terms. Even though providing a service to someone doesn’t necessarily mean that you agree with or endorse everything they represent – particularly in the case of ghostwriting, where the writer remains anonymous and in the background – when it comes to matters of conscience, every independent professional person should surely have the freedom to make their own choices (within reason of course). Read more “When conscience is the ghostwriter’s compass . . .”