It feels so impersonal this way. Only write a book that is in the sales leader for the genre, hire an assistant to do most of the work, including research, outline, rough draft (the actual writing?), editing, and cover.
And covers are very important. I would not want a college student’s first foray in Photoshop to be my cover. A professional cover is important. Having a professional editor is extremely important, why would I give that task to an assistant, even just to hire one? They need to vibe with me, understand my work and my message, and be someone I feel I can trust my work to.
I feel like this is an oversimplified description of how to write a book. It’s the actual writing which is most important, especially for the outline and rough draft. If you’re making an assistant do all that, then it’s not even YOUR book.
I also disagree with a series being necessary to be seen as an expert or a “real” writer. I have one solo book and a couple anthologies, and I am a “real” writer.