One of the questions on the United Ghostwriters tweetchat on 20 January was whether a ghostwriter would ever turn down a project for which they were qualified, had the availability, and the fee was good. In other words, are there issues of principle that would prevent you from taking on a project?
So far in my ghostwriting career, I have been fortunate to have clients who I consider to be honest in the story they tell, and justified in telling it. On occasion, I have turned down offers to work on a book that promises to reveal the secrets of a lucrative and unconventional investment strategy – but where there is no registered company address, and there would be difficulty in carrying out due diligence. It is a case perhaps both of ethical principles and basic fear on my part! I wouldn’t want to be accused of peddling propaganda around what turns out to be a Ponzi scheme.