Writers Code of Honor

I, as a professional writer who values my integrity, do solemnly swear that I shall:

  1. Never write my own reviews, nor will I use sock puppets or other methods to falsely present my books as being of superior quality or to promote them over that of others.
  2. Never ask others to like/tag/review my book without reading it simply to ‘support other writers’
  3. Never ask others to vote for my book without reading it in order to get a positive review or vote in order to have my book selected by an agent or publisher over that of other qualified writers
  4. Never ask others to give another writer bad reviews in order to make my book appear better than that writer
  5. Never attack a reviewer over a review for any reason. Negative reviews happen.
  6. Never use another’s post in order to promote my own book
  7. Not advertise my books on sites that do not allow it, nor will I spam (advertise) endlessly. One post per day per site should be enough.
  8. Always read the rules on every site, and respect those rules as they have been laid out, without looking for loopholes
  9. Agree to always treat other authors with respect and act in a professional manner


Document written by Valerie Douglas of the Alexandria Publishing Group.
I underwrite this.


3 thoughts on “Writers Code of Honor”

  1. I am impressed by this list. I try my best to follow it and would hope other authors follow it as as well. It allows authors to portray themselves professionally and maintain a polite social presence.

  2. This type of meme seems to be popping up more and more in different contexts.
    Could it be that it is a subtle comment on how things have not been handled ethically by “The Powers That Be” and that ordinary folks are only just now noticing?

    Or am I too cynical for this time of the early morning?

    1. Maybe that too. It’s something however that we see happening in the indie writer’s world quite a lot. If you review or like my book, I’ll review or like yours. That’s not a fair way of doing things.

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