Euphemism: ‘Collaborator’

Ivana Trump arrives for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Angel Ball 2017, at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2017, in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Ivana Trump at Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Angel Ball 2017.

col·lab·o·ra·tor (n.): Collaboration implies many things, such as partnership, give and take, creative synergy, and equality between the collaborators. Those positive vibes help explain why some “authors,” including Ivana Trump. prefer the “collaborator” over the more accurate “ghostwriter.”

Recently in the New Yorker, journalist Jia Tolentino discussed the literary endeavors of Donald Trump’s first wife, who’s published a memoir of her time with the future president. “‘Raising Trump,’” Tolentino wrote, “has a novelistic degree of specificity — a credit, perhaps, to Valerie Frankel, Ivana’s ghostwriter (though Ivana prefers the term ‘collaborator,’ which she used when she published her romance novel ‘For Love Alone,’ in 1992).” Few want to admit they didn’t write their own book. Spinning a hired hand as a collaborator has a fresher scent.