Ethical Author Code

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I'm an Ethical Author

A couple of weeks ago the Alliance of Independent Authors announced the establishment of an Ethical Author Code in response to a general concern about the behaviour of some authors, both self-published and traditionally published. Like the vast majority of authors I know, I already follow the principles behind this code but I believe there is a real value in stating this more explicitly.

I would encourage any of my author friends to also publicly commit to this code. It doesn’t cost you anything, you aren’t signing up to an organisation, it is just a public declaration to behave responsibly and ethically in all aspects of your writing career.

To find out more, please either click on the image above or click on the link here.

Ethical Author Code

Guiding principle: Putting the reader first

When I market my books, I put my readers first. This means that I…

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20 responses to this post.

  1. Okay, now I’m curious what those authors did to prompt the need for a code…



  2. Will have a looksey, although I’m an ethical person anyway. Thanks for the info.


  3. I grabbed a badge for my site. That is the group JoAnna Penn is a member. I barely qualify for membership, though, but that will not always be the case.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit


  4. Thanks for sharing this. Most of the ethics listed under code is common sense. Yet one in particular stood out because there’s been a lot of talks on social media: attacking reviewers.


  5. Good rules to write and live by. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Posted by sandycarl on August 6, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Thanks for sharing this site/group. I’ve known authors who have done a lot of those no-no, although I am not one. It does sicken me that people are like this. I wonder if there is a similar Ethical Politicians Code? LOL!!!!


  7. Thank you for your comments on this post. I should mention that you can find my blog under my pen name, J.Q. Rose. I don’t post here anymore, but maybe I should! Here’s the link to my author blog


  8. it’s a shame when some spoil honesty for the rest of us! that’s why laws are made…
    thanks for illuminating us!

    and thanks for stopping by my Cradle Rock release tour!


  9. So basically, be kind, be considerate, don’t spam. Not everyone seems to understand common courtesy, eh?


  10. yes by all means let’s uphold ethics for writers.


  11. Excellent guidelines. Thanks for sharing these.


  12. Good advice. I’ll go check out your new(ish) blog!


  13. I think all that makes sense! The one thing I still find hard is when an author friend asks to leave a review. What if I didn’t like the book, the concept, or the genre? Yes, I can be honest and focus on the positive aspects of the book, like the writing, but I still find this a bit of a catch 22. Being a writer, you want to support your fellow writers (and hope they’d do the same).


  14. Hi. I have added the code to my blog, and will write a post on this soon.


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