Someone, usually a celebrity or politician, who has a story to tell, but isn't smart enough to tell it without the help of a collaborator or ghost writer. Often, a fauxthor neglects to thank his/her collaborator on the acknowledgment page of the very book the collaborator wrote, and that makes him/her an asshat.
For example, Hillary Clinton, so-called 'author' of the bestseller "It Takes A Village," took all the glory that came with the success of that book, but she didn't acknowledge her ghostwriter Barbara Feinman in its pages at all. That makes Clinton a fauxthor (and, by extension, an asshat).
by Pimp My Wry June 25, 2009