Critical Linking: February 27th, 2013

For six years during my twenties, I worked as one of the principal ghostwriters for a mass-market series for teenaged girls called Sweet Valley High. Years later, I’m still trying to make sense of what these books meant to me—why I wrote so many of them, and why (eventually) I stopped. The books are packed away in my attic now—dozens of them, with their lilac and dusty-pink paperback covers—but the experience is harder to sort out and put away.

Teaser: this particular ghostwriter was preeeeeeety well-qualified.


Physical visits remain strong with an overall 10-year increase of 32.7 percent from FY 2001-FY 2010. On average, Americans visited a public library 5.3 times per year, a ten-year increase of 21.7 percent.

I wonder if revitalization of city-living, particular among young families who would have fled to the suburbs 20 years ago, has played a role in these strong increases.


When asked how the process worked, Ms. Wilson said, “I write a check to Kevin, he buys the books and he ships them.”

Apparently, if you buy a bunch of your own books, through a third-party, you too can be a bestseller. 

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