I self-publish because of desire, not failure;
I will tell stories as only I can tell them;
I will stand or fall on my own merits.
Still, I will seek assistance from many others
So that my works may be the best they can be;
To do any less is a betrayal of my ideas.
I will do my best to deceive my readers
And tell fantastic tales of different worlds;
But to do so believably and with great care.
I will use all of the tools at my disposal;
There is a reason that I learned them;
A good writer should find a use for all.
I will not get too high after a good review,
Nor too low after one that seems personal;
All criticisms serve as guides in one way or another.
Sales be damned, I will persist in my craft,
Because it's the only thing I was really meant to do;
How I deliver my works will always be secondary to that.