Sometimes the best way to make a name for yourself is to use someone else's.
It's almost like learning the truth about Santa Claus: Once you know, it's so obvious, but you're still a little heartbroken when you discover that your favorite author didn't really pen most of the work with his or her name on the cover.
Take comfort, though, in the knowledge that many of those ghostwriters are talented enough to be successful under their own names. Here are a few of them.
A version of this post originally appeared on Mental Floss, an Atlantic partner site.