Ghostwriter as the (better) science consultant?

This somewhat provocative title is due to experience from our day-to-day practice as a professional ghostwriter and may only apply to a fairly small minority of our projects. Nevertheless, we find these few cases so interesting that we want to explain them here in their characteristics and explain our self-image in this regard.

From the practice of an academic ghostwriter

In our practice as a ghostwriter, it sometimes happens that the demands and reality of higher education collide. This becomes particularly visible if it turns out that the scientific supervisor or lecturer of the client at the university is clearly unable to supervise the corresponding academic project – this may be the bachelor thesis or master thesis – in the desired manner. Now many of our customers will say, well, we already know that. But in the end they trust that the content of the tutor will be right.

However, this is by no means always the case. In the context of a scientific writing project, this often becomes clear at the beginning when it comes to making an exposé within the scope of a fixed topic. As is known, an exposé is intended to describe the problem, the aim of the work, and to describe the research questions and possible hypotheses as well as the course of the investigation.

Together with our clients, we prepare such an exposé in order to create a common working basis and “get the green light” for further elaboration. In the associated communication with the supervisor of the university, however, the situation may arise that it turns out that this has a lower level of knowledge of the respective topic and state of research than the working in the background ghostwriter. This becomes a problem when the ghostwriter is a real specialist and has clear ideas on the subject, but this does not correspond to the expectations of the supervisor. This has many students to look after and often no way to engage so intensively with the topic or he has as a junior scientist not yet the necessary experience.

The ghostwriter and his client in a dilemma

So what do you do? The ghostwriter could use his expertise to clearly state where the maintainer is wrong. However, the supervisor may be irritated by this obvious expertise of his student. This may then face the dilemma of not wanting to openly contradict the supervisor (one does not want to be joking) and to reconcile the objective contentual and conceptual contradictions.


Here, the ghostwriter can not only be a real help in making compromise suggestions, but also by providing sensitive mental support to the unsettled student. Although this kind of accompaniment is sometimes time-consuming and intensive, it clearly increases the chances of success of a difficult project.

This requires ghostwriters who have a high level of methodological competence, specialist knowledge, empathy and experience in scientific operations. So it’s clear that this can hardly be ghostwriters, who, incidentally, earn extra income as students. Rather, these are ghostwriters who claim to serve as science advisors to their clients; seasoned academics who have a solid and reliable background in experience. You expect a fair and satisfactory fee for the implementation of this claim and for us as an agency a corresponding understanding of high-quality work. Together, we are in a position to support the students in such a way that they come even in spite of their examiner for the hoped-for graduation.