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The Indie Authors Pledge

I,_______________, am taking the Indie Author pledge.

I understand that badly behaving authors have made it very hard for other independently published / small-press authors to get their own works reviewed. I want to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem. That’s why I’m promising that I will never have any deliberate contact with any book reviewer who obtains a copy of my work from Sci-Fi & Scary.

So, if someone choose to review my book, and gives it a positive review, they’ll have my ever-lasting thanks – even though I know I can’t tell them that directly! More importantly, this means if a negative (polite/professional should go without saying) review of my work is posted, I’m not going to react to it.

I am an adult who consented to having their work reviewed. I understand that everyone has their own opinions, and not everyone will like my work. I will accept negative reviews gracefully. I will not respond/react to them. I will not post about this review on my Facebook, Goodreads, or personal blog page, etc. I will not make the reviewer a target for my fans in any way, shape, or form.

Writing is my chosen profession, and I’m taking this pledge to be a professional about it.

If I break this pledge, I understand and consent to my name being placed on a publicly available blacklist on Sci-Fi & Scary and other associated sites, warning potential reviewers that I behave very badly when people don’t like my work. I also understand that once on this blacklist, I will no longer be eligible for any reviews or promotions for any of my past, current, or future work on Sci-Fi & Scary or any associated sites.

Indie Authors taking the pledge, please comment below with the name of your book, your pen name, and today’s date.


  1. DeLani Bartlette

    This should go without saying! I take the pledge,
    D.R. Bartlette, author of The Devil in Black Creek.

  2. Annie Walters

    Barry’s Lodge A Haunting: An Absolutely Gripping Thriller With A Killer Twist

  3. Scott McDermott

    Hereby adopted.
    Election 2064: Book One
    Scott McDermott
    April 14, 2017

  4. Pledging in 3… 2… 1…
    Grid Wraith
    Mark R. Healy
    April 5, 2017

  5. Thomas O.

    The Seer of Possibilities and Other Disturbing Tales

    Thomas O.


  6. This day, Wednesday 22nd February, I do solemnly promise to abide by the Indie Author’s Pledge.

    ‘The Worst Man on Mars’

    Corben Duke

  7. The Secret of Ventriloquism

    Jon Padgett


  8. Serena Sallow


    Serena Sallow


  9. Ink Stains (A Dark Fiction Literary Anthology) (Volume 3)

    Publisher, Fawn M. Neun

  10. Ian Spall

    2pm on a Black Summer’s Day

    Ian Spall

    20th January 2017

  11. I, Oskar Söderberg, am taking the Indie Author pledge. A Lone Smile.

  12. Benjamin Stones

    Benjamin Stones

    The Batifol Swine


  13. Sarah Dixon, author of Alfie Slider vs the Shape Shifter is happy to take the pledge.

  14. Evolution (The Protectors of Earth Chronicles Book 1)
    Shadow Cheah

  15. I, Robert J. Stava, am taking the Indie Author pledge.

    Robert Stava
    “Nightmare From World’s End”

  16. Nicholas Pearce


    The Promise She Made

    Nicholas Pearce

    29th November 2016

  17. Mick Bogerman
    How to Navigate Zombie Cave and Defeat Pirate Pete
    November 15, 2016

  18. D L Richardson

    Welcome to the Apocalypse – Pandora

    November 9, 2016

  19. Taking this pledge (It’s not letting me add my name above in the pledge but have read it and am agreeing to it here in the comments)
    Toneye Eyenot

    My book is Blood Moon Big Top

    Nov. 7, 2016

    • The name and date are automatically posted, but just in case –

      Melonie Purcell
      Shield of Drani

  20. David W. Edwards
    Nightscape Double Feature No. 1
    The Thousand-Eyed Fear b/w The Q for Damnation

  21. Adam Howe

    Adam Howe
    Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet

  22. Ben Hammott

    Ice Rift – An action adventure survival sci-fi horror set in Antarctica.


  23. Shelly Blalock

    “Devour” and “The Darkest days” (If I can post 2, if not then just Devour.)

    R. L. Blalock


    • You can list two – but I need you to fill out the Book Review Listing Inquiry Form, please 🙂

  24. “Chasing Butterflies”

    Rod Martinez


  25. Monisha Menon
    Age of the Alliance: Lucan (Chain of light series)
    September 10th, 2016

  26. Michael R Martin

    Michael R Martin

    Area 62

    September 9th 2016

  27. Michael R Martin

    Michael R Martin

    Screams in the Woods

    September 9th 2016

  28. ashleigh reynolds

    Paroxysm Effect
    Ashleigh Reynolds

  29. ashleigh reynolds

    Paroxysm Effect
    Ashleigh Reynolds

  30. All Roads Lead to Terror

    Richard Schiver

    September 4, 2016

  31. Wholeheartedly agree with this, there is nothing to fear in praise or criticism.

    My book is:

    Origins Of The Magdon: Vercovicium (Book 1 in The Magdon Series)
    Authored by Tobey Alexander

    03/09/2016 (UK)

  32. I, Monique Snyman, take this pledge and agree with the terms set forth. August 28, 2016

  33. I have read the pledge and agree with the terms.

  34. Jonathan Huls

    Jonathan Huls

  35. Something for Everything

    BP Gregory

    21.08.16 (great pledge!)

  36. I, Chris Chelser, take this pledge.

    The Kalbrandt Institute Archives – Book I: Hauntings


  37. Suzanne

    DE-173 by JG Bell 17/08/2016

  38. Eric J. Guignard

    Yes, that pledge is quite in line with my convictions.

  39. S.A. Barton here, and I’m enthusiastically on board!
    14 August 2016

    This pledge is a wonderful way for indie authors to make a public commitment to professional ethics. The stigma of a small percentage of indies behaving badly is real — here’s a place to take a stand against that.

    I hope you’ll find my “Isolation and Other Stories” collection here, and perhaps some of my short story singles and other collections here in future, or with major ebook and paperback retailers. 🙂

  40. I, Joan De La Haye, author of Fury, do take this pledge on the 14th of August 2016

  41. P.S. Winn

    I am taking the pledge! My book is Presence.


    S. A. Hunt

    08 / 13 / 2016

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