Anyhow, publishers often want write for hires to be done via pen name for a myriad of reasons. Sometimes it’s so they can launch the book as if the author is a debut. Sometimes it’s so they own the name and can expand on the series without working the original author to death. Sometimes it’s just because they want to keep their write for hire books separate from the author’s other books."
*Note from Jen: Work for hire books, or packaged books, are commissioned. Typically, the author doesn't hold the copyright, and is paid a flat fee rather than receiving an advance and royalties. You can read more about writing for hire in general here. And here is a very interesting look on the history of book packaging. Some of your oldie favorites, including Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High, were packaged books!
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