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Been asked to ghostwrite a non fiction book on a subject I'm not familiar with

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Squishyeyeballs Mon 22-Feb-16 10:59:35

I've been doing a bit of freelance ghostwriting, mostly blogs and articles etc, and been getting on ok with it and dare I say, enjoying it grin Someone I have written a few articles for has now approached me to write a short ebook, around 5000 words, on a subject that I have no real knowledge of. They won't be giving any guidance, they seem to think that I will be able to do a little bit of research on the internet and plough ahead myself.

I'm happy to give it a go but I was just wondering if it is normal for people to write non fiction ebook on subjects they have no real qualifications in? I always thought that these books are written by people with relevant degrees. If I had thought otherwise then I would have been applying for this sort of freelance work all along.

PerfidiousPanda Mon 22-Feb-16 13:53:57

I'm a ghost writer - I do commercial, mass market non-fiction, and would be wary of taking on very specialised, technical stuff.

How much research/background reading would you have to do? Are they going to account for that in the fee?

Squishyeyeballs Mon 22-Feb-16 15:03:58

It's not overly specialised, it has to do with the financial sector and all of the information is readily available. But I was a bit hmm that he didn't care that I had no knowledge of the subject.

The research wasn't accounted for in the fee but I've spent a good bit of time yesterday and today researching and I have a good enough handle of it now to make something coherent out of it. I guess I'll just get on with it at this stage and see how it goes smile

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