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Old 12-03-2011, 01:16 AM
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Question e-book - professional credentials required

It is not my intent to make this confusing, but, hey, it is 2 a.m.!

I would like to begin an e-book on a topic that I hold no "professional" credentials in, other than being a parent. For example, I would like to write an e-book on self-esteem, but I hold no degree in teaching or counseling.

Would I be able to proceed, or...?
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:25 AM
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Provided that you're honest about your credentials, there's nothing *technically* stopping you from proceeding. That said, I am a professional counselor (well, still in graduate school), and am always wary about laypersons disseminating information based on anecdotal evidence. If you're planning on backing up your work with empirical research or just want to write a "memoir" type e-book about your personal experiences, then I'd say go for it. If you try to create something "scientific-sounding" based solely on personal experiences, however, I'd say that poses a risk to your professional reputation as a writer.
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