Does My Non-fiction Book REALLY Need a Disclaimer?

Does My Non-fiction Book REALLY Need a Disclaimer?
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My publisher inserted a disclaimer in my book. I got upset and asked that it be removed. They refused. I don’t understand why I have to admit to readers that I’m not a licensed financial advisor. My book contains good advice. PJ O’Rourke’s book “Eat the Rich” didn’t have to admit he’s not a chef. And, my book includes humor!


I looked at PJ O’Rourke’s book and it does have a disclaimer, but it’s about the statistics used in the book. In his book, he is talking about the history of the global economy. He is not giving financial advice to individuals. And, of course, it’s not really about food so he doesn’t need to mention that he’s not a chef.

Just because you use humor in a book doesn’t mean people won’t take the advice you provide seriously…and then sue you when those things don’t work out for them.

Your publisher is right about this.

Any readers who’d like to see sample disclaimers (I have three of them – medical, financial, and other), can contact me HERE.



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