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.

68 Responses to The Indie Authors Pledge

  1. S. A. Hunt says:


    S. A. Hunt

    08 / 13 / 2016

  2. P.S. Winn says:

    I am taking the pledge! My book is Presence.

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

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. Eric J. Guignard says:

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

  6. Suzanne says:

    DE-173 by JG Bell 17/08/2016

  7. I, Chris Chelser, take this pledge.

    The Kalbrandt Institute Archives – Book I: Hauntings


  8. Fools’ Apocalypse
    Anderson Atlas

  9. BP Gregory says:

    Something for Everything

    BP Gregory

    21.08.16 (great pledge!)

  10. Jonathan Huls says:

    Jonathan Huls

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

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

  13. Robert Eggleton
    Rarity from the Hollow

  14. 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)

  15. Migration, Daniel David, 4th September 2016

  16. All Roads Lead to Terror

    Richard Schiver

    September 4, 2016

  17. ashleigh reynolds says:

    Paroxysm Effect
    Ashleigh Reynolds

  18. ashleigh reynolds says:

    Paroxysm Effect
    Ashleigh Reynolds

  19. Michael R Martin says:

    Michael R Martin

    Screams in the Woods

    September 9th 2016

  20. Michael R Martin says:

    Michael R Martin

    Area 62

    September 9th 2016

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

  22. “Chasing Butterflies”

    Rod Martinez


  23. Shelly Blalock says:

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

    R. L. Blalock


  24. T. Eric Bakutis


    September 15, 2016

  25. Red Harvey says:


    Red Harvey


  26. ‘Cougar’

    Chris Chambers


  27. Allan Walsh
    Darkness In Shadows

  28. Ben Hammott

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


  29. Adam Howe says:

    Adam Howe
    Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet

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

  31. The deed is done. The Pledge is given.
    Shield of Drani

  32. Kat Mayor

    The Spirit Chaser

    November 1, 2016

  33. 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

  34. Scott Burn says:

    Scott Burn

  35. D L Richardson

    Welcome to the Apocalypse – Pandora

    November 9, 2016

  36. B.D Donaldson
    Where Do They Go? Part 1
    November 9th, 2016

  37. Gregory Ness
    November 11, 2016

  38. Proud to take the pledge!

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

  40. Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen
    Daniel M. Bensen

  41. An Other Place.

    Darren Dash.


  42. Nicholas Pearce says:


    The Promise She Made

    Nicholas Pearce

    29th November 2016

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

    Robert Stava
    “Nightmare From World’s End”

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

  45. Adam Corres says:

    Adam Corres
    Lightspeed Frontier: Kicking the Future
    6th December 2016

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

  47. Benjamin Stones says:

    Benjamin Stones

    The Batifol Swine


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

  49. Thomas S. Flowers, author of The Subdue Series


  50. Ian Spall says:

    2pm on a Black Summer’s Day

    Ian Spall

    20th January 2017

  51. Fawn Neun says:

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

    Publisher, Fawn M. Neun

  52. Rogues

    Christy Aldridge


  53. Serena Sallow says:


    Serena Sallow


  54. Author of Apex Predator

  55. The Secret of Ventriloquism

    Jon Padgett


  56. Mad Girl, Clarissa Irene West, 02/19/2017

  57. Andrew Lennon

    A Life to Waste

    3rd November 1984

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

    ‘The Worst Man on Mars’

    Corben Duke

  59. Happy to pledge.

    Sad that it’s needed!

  60. Thomas O. says:

    The Seer of Possibilities and Other Disturbing Tales

    Thomas O.


  61. William Esmont, Virginia

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