Alloy Entertainment: Ghostwriters & Book Packaging… Spotlight: Paper Lantern Lit.



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Okay! So I have been searching Alloy Entertainments website and I can not locate anything on L.J. Smith’s books and how they have known been taken over by a ghostwriter. Which is understandable considering tha amount of backlash they have recieved over it… They are not likely to openly advertise it!

Alloy Entertainment owns the rights to The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle and both series are now in the hands of a ghostwriter.

However, while I did not find anything on Alloy Entertainments website… I did find some information on the topic!

Alloy Entertainment

“Alloy Entertainment packages about thirty books a year for publishers, and also generates TV shows and a growing number of ideas for feature films. Ideas are generated in weekly development meetings and are fleshed out into a short summary by an editor. A writer is asked to create a sample chapter on spec. If Alloy is happy with the sample, they put the writer on contract. The writer then hashes out a plot with Bank, one or two other editors, and Sara Shandler, Alloy’s editorial director.”

“Alloy authors generally own a fifty-per cent stake in their work. Alloy retains the intellectual-property rights to all the work, but writers share in the revenue generated from the rights. Alloy’s writers are usually in their twenties, and often have little or no experience writing a full-length novel.”

“Morgenstein still believes in the transformative power of books, but he has much less confidence in their economic power. As a result, he and his team spend as much time thinking about ideas for TV and movies as they do for books, and consider the book ideas they do come up with in terms of their viability as TV and film franchises.”


“The Alloy formula has been the subject of criticism. The company hires a writer to execute a series, often under a pen name. Story creation is a collaboration among executives and the writer, who cedes ownership of the results to Alloy. It’s a factorylike methodology that runs contrary to the view of a writer as a work’s supreme creator. But the Alloy way is pretty much how it works in television, where one person’s singular vision is the exception and a writer-for-hire relationship is the norm.” (Source)

Below are a few links that I though might interest some of you so you can do some of your own exploring on the topic!

Here is a link to the Vampire Diaries page from Alloy Entertainment!

Here is a link to Alloy Entertainment’s book page…. Take a look around… You might be surprised just how many of your favorite / popular books are pre-packaged books!

Here is a link to Alloy Entertainment’s Main Web Page!

Alloy Entertainment and HarperCollins Collaborate on Book Deal

Paper Lantern Lit. 

What is Paper Lantern Lit?PLL is a literary incubator. We come up with story ideas, we plot them using our knowledge and experience with narrative structure, and we coach authors through the writing process. Like architects, we envision, design and layout all the basics of a book, but it’s our writers who inhabit them and bring them to life. When a project is ready, we sell it to one of the publishing giants. So far our sales record is 100%.

How do you differ from a publisher or agency?

We are not a publisher or an agency, though our company does have certain similarities to an agency: we seek out excellent writers, work with them on a project, and then sell the project to a publisher. However, at Paper Lantern Lit, we develop all of our book ideas in-house. So while a traditional agency looks for finished manuscripts, we only care about finding the best new writers out there and fostering their voices. We pride ourselves on cultivating emergent authors, and providing them a context in which to further learn their craft.

So, if you “hire” me as a writer, would this be a full-time job, part-time, or freelance?

None of the above, really, although you might call it freelance. We are looking for writers to write books! If you can do that part-time, great. If you need to chuck your desk job and tuck in at a computer all day, that’s fine with us, too.

How do I get paid? How much will I earn?

Writers are hired based on work-for-hire commission agreements, and are paid competitively in accordance with industry standards. Remuneration varies on a project-by-project basis.

What does it mean to “sample” for a project?

Sampling is a critical part of our process. If we like your initial submission and can envision a project for you, we will send you a 1-2 page summary of a project we are currently developing, called a “spark page.” We will ask that you return to us a chapter or two that demonstrates your interpretation of our idea or spark. Many consider us “story match-makers” because we truly look for synergy between our concept and your voice. We need to see how you would take our concept and make it your own. If we love what you do, we’ll send you a contract and ask that you develop a few more chapters. You’ll help us shape this into a dazzling 70-ish page proposal, which we will submit to publishing houses. If the project sells, you will be paid to write it, as described above.

Does this job require me to relocate?


Who are the people behind Paper Lantern Lit?

The founders of PLL are Lexa Hillyer and Lauren Oliver, successful published writers and editors with more than ten years of experience at major commercial YA and Children’s Publishing Houses. See “The Architects” for more details.

What kind of time commitment can I expect to make?

That depends on how fast you can write! We want writers who are committed to their craft. We are invested in helping to hone their voices and in generating absolutely first-rate proposals and books. This can be a time-consuming process, it’s true. But hey, that’s the life of a writer.

Why don’t you accept full-length manuscripts?

We are looking for writers, not manuscripts, because our focus is on building story from the ground up. We are the story architects, after all! You might say we prefer to work on new designs rather than renovations: this way we can always vouch for the end result—we can guarantee a sound structure.

Can I pitch you my awesome idea about dinosaur alien prom queens?

Not at this time. We know lots of you have excellent ideas for novels. In fact, we believe almost any idea can be great, but execution is just as important to us as the original concept. So we prefer to focus on specially-crafted in-house “sparks” that we’ve spent months cultivating. We don’t just come up with ideas on the fly—we take the time necessary to analyze the concept, build a solid plot, and assess its viability in the market. However, we do invite intense creative input from our authors. PLL’s goal is to build a solid construction, but it’s up to our authors to give the book life, to inhabit it, to make it their own.


Also, check out their blog:

I was also able to locate a few articles on the topic… If your interest in ready about a further discussion of the topic check out these links!

Sooo… What do you guys think? Do you agree with the concept of Pre-Packaged Books? Does it change your view of the book? What is your view of Work-For-Hire Writers?

Please comment below!!!

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