If you follow the ghostwriting coverage, you get the impression that the industry is a playground for impostors.
While there is no doubt, the majority of customers have other reasons.
Money opens many doors. In some cases, even doors to a doctoral degree. So it is no secret that some universities in Eastern Europe, but also in other parts of the world, keep their professional requirements for doctoral students rather low – especially if these doctoral students are solvent and generous. The same applies to the – in Germany not recognized – academic-sounding fantasy titles, which are awarded for example by church groups in the United States.
The world of academic ghostwriting, on the other hand, is more diverse, as are the motives of the clientele:
it’s not so much about titles or prestige, but about helping with complicated scientific tasks.
As academic texts are becoming so prevalent today, more and more companies, authorities or other institutions feel compelled to argue scientifically as well. Often the desire to defend one’s own position, one’s own market share or one’s own political direction is in the foreground.
In the case of students visiting ghostwriting agencies, it is often about managing a personal crisis, a difficult situation in which the task of writing a scientific text is the proverbial drop that overcomes the cask.
The result is a personal overstrain, especially if the lecturers are difficult to reach and for questions are hardly available.
Ghostwriters can – in addition to the actual writing activity – also help when it comes to structuring a work and to convey the technical methods. For many students, it is by no means the title that is in the foreground, nor the temptation to simply write a bachelor thesis. Instead, it’s about – hopefully unique! – concrete situation of overwork and the thought that this should not lead to surrender and abandon the whole study.