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    Are You An Ethical Author? Take This Quiz full of Taylor Swift & Zombie References!

     Get A Pencil! Let’s Take A Quiz! 1. Have you ever used the words “best-selling” to describe your own books, when what you mean is that of all the books stored in your closet, Your Guide To Amish Zombie Princesses, really has generated the most sales? 2. Have you ever claimed that you were in a professional writers association, like International Fiction Writers Who Use Modems when you let your membership expire in 1998? 3. Have you claimed that you sold thousands of copies, when really you sold 556 and you just rounded up? 4. Have you ever made up an endorsement for the back of the book, like say, “Taylor Swift…

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    Do Author Ethics Matter? A Guest Post by Jane Steen

    Jane Steen, a member of the Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists, shares with us today about good practices and ethical behavior for writers. This is an important issue for everyone who has published either traditionally or independently. Please read and consider carefully Jane’s thoughtful suggestions on ethics for authors.  Read the Ethical Author Code here A short history of how I came to draft the Ethical Author Code It started with a Facebook conversation between authors. Someone suggested a visibility tactic that involved, I think, upvoting your own book on a site. I can’t remember the specifics. But I do remember writing, “I don’t think that’s ethical.” Up to that point,…