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I am a ghostwriter and I am currently looking for a new job. I have come across an article writing career. I am currently in the process of filling out an application and one of the questions asks me which niche of writing I specialize in. Then I need to provide two samples of my work per niche I specialize in.

This would be great, except all I have is non-fiction books that I have written for other people because I have only ever been a ghostwriter. My question is this: Would it be illegal for me to go into the non-fiction books I have written and pulled out a couple of paragraphs and make it look nice into a file for my sample work to apply for this job? Or, would it be illegal due to the plagiarism?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I feel like it wouldn't be a problem considering 1, I am not giving my employer the full book. 2, I am not providing any resources of where I go the previous information. And 3, I am not providing who published the book under my writing of the ghostwriter.

Really need answers, anything will help me in this issue of mine.

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    Might be better on law.stackexchange.com – Redwolf Programs Jan 19 '20 at 0:32
  • I can't see any problem with quoting extracts from a published source. However, to demonstrate what you contributed, you'd need to quote the original author's private unpublished material and show what you changed. What does your ghostwriting contract say about confidentiality of the original draft? – Chappo Hasn't Forgotten Monica Jan 19 '20 at 22:40

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