Some are surprised to learn that the author of a book is not always the person who has written the book. Writing is a skill. Many major politicians, business people, religious figures and others don’t have enough time to write a book, nor do they possess the skill to do so. The authors provide the concept and the message, then hire professional writers to produce the manuscript.
In most cases the hired writer isn’t mentioned. Thus, the term “ghostwriter.” However, one will often see the author’s name in large type, and the writer’s name in smaller type with the words, “with Joe Smith.” In this case, Joe was the writer.