I don't know how this will be classed. An author (very rich and famous) is getting assistance when he writes his novels. And getting paid mightily. I don't think I have ever collaborated on a novel - maybe, once - a short story. But even then I think it was just assistance in having it read to a group. Two part harmony - that type of thing.
I think if I ever get too bored to write my own book, I'll stop writing.
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Why are novelists turning to co-authors?
By Genevieve Hassan
Best-selling author Wilbur Smith signed a six-book deal with publisher HarperCollins last week for a reported £15m. But it was also revealed that some of the books are to be written with the help of "carefully selected co-authors", so how common is it for writers to hire them?
Having sold more than 122 million copies of his books, Wilbur Smith is praised as a master storyteller - yet the 79-year-old seemingly cannot keep up with the ever-constant demand for his titles.
When the BBC News website spoke to him in 2009 to promote his 32nd novel, Assegai, the author said he never had trouble creating ideas.
But he added: "In the later years of my life, I have slowed down the actual amount of writing and creating I do.
"I work on a book one year and I take the next year off. It gives a little more time for the well to refill with water before I go to it again."
To satisfy the appetites of fans (and also publishers), Smith will now produce six new novels - in some instances, up to two a year.