Matthew Wayne Selznick https://www.mattselznick.com author, musician, and creator at large Wed, 27 May 2015 20:11:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=172 Copyright © Matthew Wayne Selznick 2014 mwselznick@gmail.com (Matthew Wayne Selznick) mwselznick@gmail.com (Matthew Wayne Selznick) 1440 https://www.mattselznick.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/mws_header_image_hd_20140905_a01.pngMatthew Wayne Selznickhttps://www.mattselznick.com 144 144 Author and Creator at Large Matthew Wayne Selznick is an author and creator living in Long Beach, California. Matthew Wayne Selznick Matthew Wayne Selznick mwselznick@gmail.com no no Creating Under Stressful Conditions: Make What You Can; Make What Helpshttps://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/creating-under-stress https://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/creating-under-stress#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 01:02:58 +0000 https://www.mattselznick.com/?p=19756 When you're committed to making things you can sell, how can you create under conditions of extreme stress and anxiety?

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Logo of Fox Coffeehouse in Long Beach, CaliforniaOn Saturday, May 16, 2015, I played and sang in public for the first time since Sunday, March 28, 2010.

It was an open mic at Fox Coffeehouse. I was able to do two little mini-sets:

Set One:

  1. Make-Over
  2. Darlin’ (first public performance ever)
  3. Elvis C.
  4. Second “Sister”

Set Two:

  1. About A Girl (Nirvana)
  2. A Message To Pretty (Love)
  3. Powderfinger (Neil Young)
  4. Burning House of Love (X)

At the end, everybody (a bassist, a blues guitarist, me faking along on my acoustic, and led by husband and wife ukulele duo The Geriatrics) joined together for “Love Potion #9,” “The Letter” (I was excited to jam on a song sung first by Alex Chilton!!) and… was there one other..? I can’t remember.

It was a nice time, and something I’ve been building toward doing since this past March 23, when I wrote my first song in almost exactly five years.

I wrote that song, “Paint the Air,” on bass, but since then, I’ve focused more on acoustic guitar.

Then, on May 3, I wrote my first poem since January 2010.

Then, I wrote another song, “Darlin’,” on May 12, just a few days ago.

I’ve been under a great deal of stress this Spring—the most I’ve dealt with since the end of my second marriage in the first half of 2010. In fact, it’s far worse than then.

I talk about it a little—especially how life-altering changes and stress make it so hard to create “shippable” creative works—in episode eighty six of The DIY Endeavors Podcast.

There, as now, I’m not going to go into details. Maybe once things have settled down a little. It’s not important in the context of this post, anyway.

What’s important: I think I have an answer to the question I ask in that podcast episode. If I’d previously thought to look at my creative output from the first half of 2010… well, I would have realized it faster.

Creations Appropriate To Available Energy

I haven’t been able to write prose fiction since late February.

I just don’t have the energy to get into the virtual heads of a bunch of fictional people. I’m too occupied with my own head.

Given that all of creative output for the last five years has been works of fiction and non-fiction, being cut off has intensified my stress and anxiety.

Apparently, though, given the right emotional fuel, I’m capable of creating smaller works. Things that can go from concept to tangible art in an hour, or ninety minutes.

Songs. And poetry.

Forms of expression that, for me, at least, draw much more on spontaneity and feelings that do fiction and non-fiction.

That’s what I need right now.

That’s what I’m capable of.

It’s Good For Me, Too

Stress, anxiety, depression… I’m dealing with all of it right now. Frankly, I’m a little concerned about the long term effects of this period of my life. I don’t want my brain and body to get too accustomed to this flight-or-fight, high adrenaline, cortisol-imbalanced time.

I don’t want to deaden my experience through prescribed, blunt-force chemical hammers, either. There’s an appropriate time and place for pharmaceuticals, but I don’t think I’m quite in that place, as bad as it’s been.

Writing music, and to a lesser degree, poetry (and what are song lyrics but a form of poetry?) has become part of my strategy to manage my stress, stave off the depression, and help loosen the cinching band of anxiety around my chest.

Scan Of A Brain Experiencing MusicAs it turns out, experiencing both music and poetry helps trigger similar areas of the brain. Music and poetry have a direct line to our emotions, help with self reflection, and help reinforce neural pathways.

And actually writing poetry?

Similar to any kind of written focus on our own emotions, writing poetry increases the activity of our pre-frontal cortex, the brain’s regulator, while decreasing activity in the amygala, where much of our fear response originates.

In other words: when we put pen to paper (literally: typing doesn’t have the same impact, perhaps because it gets those words out of the skull too quickly) in a reflective way, we regulate disassociated fear and other stressful emotions.

Writing poetry changes our brain and body chemistry, for the better.

When you add actually playing an instrument? Taking poetry one step farther by writing songs?

Music brings all kinds of benefits to the brain, the body, and even to our capacity for empathy.

Playing an instrument makes you a better human!

But Is It Shippable?

Fine. I created a couple of songs and a single poem in the two months since my life was turned upside down and inside out.

But in episode 86 of The DIY Endeavors Podcast, I specifically asked how to continue producing shippable creative works in the face of life-changing stress.

Stuff I can sell. Because a statistically significant portion of my monthly income comes from people trading money for the things I make, and they tend to do more of that very generous thing when I release something new.

I’m not going to sell a single poem to my community of friends, patrons, and fans. That’s silly.

video card from the bookcase sessions seriesThe two songs? They’ll show up as videos in The Bookcase Sessions collection as patron-supported creations, and my patrons will get digital audio versions, plus lyrics, of both tunes (here’s how you can become a patron for as little as a dollar per creative work released).

The poem will be distributed to my patrons as a free bonus. Eventually, perhaps, it’ll end up in a collection, if I ever write enough to merit such a thing.

So. Not shippable creative works, per se.

I’m cool with that.

The Right Work For The Time

2015 Is a Production Year for Author and Creator Matthew Wayne Selznick? Not So MuchIn December of 2014, I boldly proclaimed that 2015 would be a “production year.” I’ve had an index card taped under my monitor for months to help me focus on that.

Reading that blog post now, five months later, I could cry.

“Things have not turned out as I planned, hoped, or dreamed,” he under-stated hysterically.

Even though I did ship something since Shit Went Down (the eighteen-song album Test Pressing, recorded in 2002), I now know I must not concern myself with shipping anything I create… or even with creating anything with the intention to ship.

Shipping can’t matter right now. What matters is Keeping It Together.

Short, more immediately gratifying creative endeavors—writing poems; writing, and especially performing, music—help me.

I need the help!

So I’m making things for me.

It’s Not Rocket Science

You might be reading this and thinking, “well, duh, Matt.”

That’s fair.

See, I wanted to hew to the idea of my “production year” because letting it go meant really understanding that nothing was going to go how I thought it would. Nothing. And everything was changing. Everything.

Concerning myself with sticking to the plan? That was denial.

A little denial in the face of shocking change is acceptable; natural. It’s how we pad ourselves against the high speed impact of forced emotional and cognitive dissonance.

Eventually, though, ya gotta face…

…the music!

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The DIY Endeavors Podcast Number 086 — Under Pressurehttps://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-086-under-pressure https://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-086-under-pressure#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 19:50:45 +0000 https://www.mattselznick.com/?p=19690 In this episode: host Matthew Wayne Selznick asks how to continue producing shippable creative works in the face of life-changing stress. Click through for full show notes!

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pressure and stress leading to pulling out hair Nearly a month after the last episode, and what a month (what a month and a half) it’s been. I talk about the pressure and stress brought on by many, many fundamental changes in my life, and how it’s affected my ability to create… and ask you how you manage to continue producing shippable creative work in the face of life-altering stress.

Also, I’ve got a favor to ask, but it’s the kind of favor that totally works for you, DIY, independent creative entrepreneur: I need you to tell me about the DIY, independent creative endeavor you’re promoting in the first half of May, 2015. You can leave a comment here, or call the voicemail line, or even send me an email. Tell me about it! And be sure to give me a link!

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The next episode depends on your feedback! Tell me all about the DIY, independent creative endeavor you’re promoting in the first half of May, 2015. Leave a voicemail, send me an email, or comment right here in the comments section of these show notes.

I’d also love your thoughts on the central challenge of my creative life right now: how do you produce “shippable” creative works when you’re dealing with the pressure of life-changing, highly stressful events?

Technicals

Recorded and produced in the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media in Long Beach, California. As always I used my thirty year old Shure SM58 (although I’m increasingly, sadly, aware that I’ll probably have to retire it when I can afford to) plugged into a Zoom R16 digital multitrack recorder.

Raw audio was edited in Audacity with finishing touches applied in Hindenburg Journalist.

This episode took about three hours record, produce, write the show notes, and distribute, for a cost of $225.00, a figure that represents what I would have earned doing freelance work for clients for the same amount of time, and provides an approximate and somewhat arbitrary measure of the value of this show… or, perhaps, its cost to me! If you’d like to offset that cost for as little as one dollar each episode (more if you can afford it!) consider becoming a patron of the show, with my grateful thanks!


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Last summer a man I liked, a man I respected, a man whose talent I admired very much… a colleague and collaborator.. a man I considered a friend, even if we weren’t as close as some… he died as a result of a very fast, very vicious cancer.

Today’s his birthday. And I’m seeing his memory honored with so much love today, just as he was honored by love when he left.

I know this day must be hard for the woman who was at his side when he passed. But she was there, and they had that, and if you gotta go… well. What a gift for them both.

Love is so rare. Life is so short, and maybe there’s more. Maybe there’s not. No one can truly say one way or another.

The only thing I know for sure, the only thing I know that isn’t gut feeling or hope or faith… is that the love right here and right now might just be the last love you get.

Honor it with your whole heart, keep it safe, and nurture it so it stays strong and binding.

P.G. Holyfield​, I don’t like that you’re not in the world. I mourn the stories you had yet to tell.

You were a lucky, lucky man.

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The DIY Endeavors Podcast Number 085 — Interview Of Scott Rochehttps://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-085-interview-of-scott-roche https://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-085-interview-of-scott-roche#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 01:59:40 +0000 https://www.mattselznick.com/?p=19577 In this episode: a conversation with DIY, independent author and podcaster Scott Roche. Click through for full show notes!

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scott_roche_300x324Scott Roche is an author and podcaster whose story—and actions—epitomizes the ideal that doing it yourself means never having to go it alone.

He’s also my interview guest on episode eighty five of the DIY Endeavors Podcast!

In the course of our conversation, Scott reveals…

  • …a passion for the short story form
  • …the influence of a strong work ethic
  • …the value of a supportive network
  • …the power of mentoring
  • …and a whole lot more!

The Casebook Of Esho St. Claire by Scott Roche

The Casebook Of Esho St. Claire by Scott Roche

Folks listen to Scott nearly every week in his capacity as one of the co-hosts of The Dead Robots Society Podcast, the long running show that focuses on the craft and career of writers… but I bet they’ve never heard him like this.

Enjoy!

Links

Scott covers a lot of ground, both chronological and philosophical, as he tells his story in this episode.

Here are links to a few of the things mentioned.

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Technicals

Recorded and produced in the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media in Long Beach, California. For the intro and outro segments, as always I used my thirty year old Shure SM58 plugged into a Zoom R16 digital multitrack recorder.

The interview segment was recorded via Skype and the Pamela Skype Recorder. I used the Zoom R16 as a soundcard to capture both Scott’s signal and my own direct-mic’ed voice. Some recurrent static and other oddness can be heard when Scott speaks; it seems to have been on his end, or perhaps a by-product of our Skype connection.

Raw audio was edited in Audacity with finishing touches applied in Hindenburg Journalist.

This episode took about five hours record, produce, write the show notes, and distribute, for a cost of $375.00, a figure that represents what I would have earned doing freelance work for clients for the same amount of time, and provides an approximate and somewhat arbitrary measure of the value of this show… or, perhaps, its cost to me! If you’d like to offset that cost for as little as one dollar every month (more if you can afford it!) consider becoming a patron of the show, with my grateful thanks!


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https://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-085-interview-of-scott-roche/feed 0 1:12:26 Author, podcaster, and friend of the show Scott Roche in conversation with DIY Endeavors host Matthew Wayne Selznick. In this episode: a conversation with DIY, independent author and podcaster Scott Roche. Click through for full show notes! Please click through and comment on The DIY Endeavors Podcast Number 085 — Interview Of Scott Roche! Matthew Wayne Selznick no no
The DIY Endeavors Podcast Number 084 — Zero Budget, Unlimited Hearthttps://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-084-unlimited-heart https://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-084-unlimited-heart#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:23:06 +0000 https://www.mattselznick.com/?p=19368 Don't have the money to bring the polish and the shine? Make sure you bring every ounce of heart you can muster into your DIY, independent creative endeavor. Click through for full show notes!

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Zero Budget, Unlimited Heart TeeDIY, independent creative entrepreneurs and makers, in this episode, I entreat you: make the thing you want to make, and bring it to the world, even if you don’t have the money to do it just as you’d really like.

If you have a zero budget, bring unlimited heart. Your community will recognize the value of your work.

Also: what’s your favorite DIY, independent creative work done on a zero budget, but with unlimited heart? Share the “works of shoddy brilliance” you love with the world… in the comments!

Mentioned in this episode…

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I really hope you’ll share the zero budget / unlimited heart creative works you love… and anything else on your mind regarding the topic!

Declare It and Wear It

zero_budget_unlimited_heart_tee_women_20150317You can get your own “Zero Budget, Unlimited Heart” tee-shirt or other apparel! Your purchase (wouldn’t it be a great gift for the creators in your life?) will help offset the costs of producing The DIY Endeavors Podcast by $2.00!

Technicals

Recorded and produced in the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media in Long Beach, California. I used my thirty year old Shure SM58 plugged into a Zoom R16 digital multitrack recorder.

Raw audio was edited in Audacity with finishing touches applied in Hindenburg Journalist.

This episode took about two hours to record, produce, write the show notes, and distribute, for a cost of $150.00, a figure that represents what I would have earned doing freelance work for clients for the same amount of time, and provides an approximate and somewhat arbitrary measure of the value of this show… or, perhaps, its cost to me! If you’d like to offset that cost for as little as one dollar every month (more if you can afford it!) consider becoming a patron of the show, with my grateful thanks!


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https://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-084-unlimited-heart/feed 2 0:22:47 The host of the DIY Endeavors Podcast, author and creator Matthew Wayne Selznick, recommends that DIY independent creators deliver with unlimited heart when they have a zero budget. Don't have the money to bring the polish and the shine? Make sure you bring every ounce of heart you can muster into your DIY, independent creative endeavor. Click through for full show notes! Please click through and comment on The DIY Endeavors Podcast Number 084 — Zero Budget, Unlimited Heart! Matthew Wayne Selznick no no
The DIY Endeavors Podcast Number 083 — Distractionhttps://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-083-distraction https://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-083-distraction#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:01:57 +0000 https://www.mattselznick.com/?p=19346 In this episode of The DIY Endeavors Podcast, host Matthew Wayne Selznick presents an idea you might spend more time thinking about than hearing about: what's distraction really about? Click through for full show notes!

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chaosstar-350In this brief episode, I examine what distraction might be telling me… and you… and every distracted independent creative entrepreneur.

That is you sometimes, right?

I only mentioned a few things in the episode that merit a link…

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Technicals

Recorded and produced in the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media in Long Beach, California. I used my thirty year old Shure SM58 plugged into a Zoom R16 digital multitrack recorder.

Raw audio was edited in Audacity with finishing touches applied in Hindenburg Journalist.

This episode took about ninety minutes record, produce, write the show notes, and distribute, for a cost of $112.50, a figure that represents what I would have earned doing freelance work for clients for the same amount of time, and provides an approximate and somewhat arbitrary measure of the value of this show… or, perhaps, its cost to me! If you’d like to offset that cost for as little as one dollar every month (more if you can afford it!) consider becoming a patron of the show, with my grateful thanks!


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https://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-083-distraction/feed 4 0:16:04 The host of the DIY Endeavors Podcast, author and creator Matthew Wayne Selznick, explores the root of distractions and asks how distraction might be hurting your creative endeavors. In this episode of The DIY Endeavors Podcast, host Matthew Wayne Selznick presents an idea you might spend more time thinking about than hearing about: what's distraction really about? Click through for full show notes! Please click through and comment on The DIY Endeavors Podcast Number 083 — Distraction! Matthew Wayne Selznick no no
The DIY Endeavors Podcast Number 082 — Interview Of Jon Crosshttps://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-082-interview-of-jon-cross https://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-082-interview-of-jon-cross#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:29:30 +0000 https://www.mattselznick.com/?p=19322 This episode of The DIY Endeavors Podcast presents an in-depth, deep-diving, epic interview with DIY podcaster, musician, and comedy writer Jon Cross. Click through for full show notes!

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Jon Cross of the After Movie Diner PodcastIn this mega-episode of The DIY Endeavors Podcast, my interview guest is podcaster, musician, and comedy writer Jon Cross.

This is a huge conversation… and it’s worth every minute of your time.

Over the course of answering my “five questions” across ninety minutes or so, Jon reveals himself to be a passionate advocate of the DIY ethic and touches on subjects like…

  • …where to focus your creative efforts if you don’t have a budget
  • …the valuable inspiration found in community and collaboration
  • …the differences between the United Kingdom and the United States when it comes to supporting independent creative entrepreneurs
  • …ways to bring indie creations to mainstream audiences
  • …the core of comedy

… and so, so much more!

This is a must-listen!

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Technicals

Recorded and produced in the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media in Long Beach, California. For the intro and outro segments, as always I used my thirty year old Shure SM58 plugged into a Zoom R16 digital multitrack recorder.

The interview segment was recorded via Skype and the Pamela Skype Recorder. I used the microphone built into my Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 for reasons of convenience, although for reasons of quality next time I’ll probably use the Shure.

Raw audio was edited in Audacity with finishing touches applied in Hindenburg Journalist.

This episode took a record eleven hours record, produce, write the show notes, and distribute, for a cost of $825.00, a figure that represents what I would have earned doing freelance work for clients for the same amount of time, and provides an approximate and somewhat arbitrary measure of the value of this show… or, perhaps, its cost to me! If you’d like to offset that cost for as little as one dollar every month (more if you can afford it!) consider becoming a patron of the show, with my grateful thanks!


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The DIY Endeavors Podcast Number 081 — Stand For Somethinghttps://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-081-stand-for-something https://www.mattselznick.com/podcasts/diy-endeavors-podcast/diye-081-stand-for-something#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:15 +0000 https://www.mattselznick.com/?p=19311 You have to stand for something. This episode is all about why it's important for DIY, independent creators to have a publicly available statement of ethics. Click through for full show notes!

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image of ethical principlesIn this episode of The DIY Endeavors Podcast: Online shopping cart news! Creative progress! Character-revealing actions…

…and the question of ethics, especially pertaining to the need for DIY, independent creators to publicly share their ethics and principles.

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Recorded and produced in the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media in Long Beach, California. I used my thirty year old Shure SM58 plugged into a Zoom R16 digital multitrack recorder.

Raw audio was edited in Audacity with finishing touches applied in Hindenburg Journalist.

This episode took about four hours to record, produce, write the show notes, and distribute for a cost of $300.00, a figure that represents what I would have earned doing freelance work for clients for the same amount of time, and provides an approximate and somewhat arbitrary measure of the value of this show… or, perhaps, its cost to me! If you’d like to offset that cost for as little as one dollar every month (more if you can afford it!) consider becoming a patron of the show, with my grateful thanks!


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Every Independent Creator Needs A Statement of Ethicshttps://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/indie-creators-need-statement-of-ethics https://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/indie-creators-need-statement-of-ethics#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 03:01:51 +0000 https://www.mattselznick.com/?p=19296 Independent creators: do you have a statement of ethics? Learn how a public statement of your principles and ethics can help build community and attract friends and fans to your work.

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hand_on_heart_300x300 It’s not uncommon to find a statement of ethics on the website of a corporation or other organization. They’re created for legal reasons as often as to declare the intentions or motivations of the body in question. In some cases, an ethics statement or policy might replace or supplant a mission statement.

Independent creators—authors, musicians, crafters; makers of all kinds—need a public statement of ethics just as much as big companies or charitable organizations.

Why Independent Creators Need A Statement of Ethics

I’ll speak for myself, here, but I’d probably be safe to speak for all indie creators when I say, “I am my brand.”

When someone pays what they want for one of my books, short stories, non-fiction titles, music, or other creative endeavor, they’re often making that choice because they’ve encountered me before they pressed “add to cart.”

When someone pays more than what I’ve suggested for my stuff, or pledges their monthly support as a patron, they’re casting a vote of confidence and appreciation in me as an artist, and they’re investing in my future works.

That’s more than commerce. It’s an act of trust and community.

Speaking pragmatically, those customers are much more likely to contribute to an independent creator’s success over the long term. They are, not to be too cold about it, worth more than strangers.

As an independent creator, you want to build real relationships with your potential and current fans. You must build that community.

A healthy community, like any healthy relationship, thrives under conditions of trust and transparency, when everyone involved understands the intentions and actions of everyone else.

Since you’re the one asking for others to join with you, it’s up to you, independent creator, to demonstrate you are transparent and trustworthy first.

That’s why you should have a statement of ethics on your website.

What Should Independent Creators Include In A Statement of Ethics?

Simply put:

  • What do you stand for?
  • What promises can you make regarding your behavior, especially as it pertains to your interaction with customers and clients?

I recommend not trying to cover every possible situation. Rather, state the high-level values that dictate how you live your life. You should be able to extrapolate from those.

If you don’t know the high-level values that dictate how you live your life… you have some thinking to do, I reckon.

You Statement of Ethics Is A Living Document

Don’t be hung up on trying to make your statement of ethics a perfect, fully-realized expression of your morals and values right out of the gate. It’s more important to make the statement, and make it public.

You can go back to refine and restate from time to time. In fact, it’s likely that the very act of writing down your statement of ethics will help you better understand it, and yourself.

I’ll Show You Mine…

My statement of ethics and principles is right here.

It includes my creed (the high level values) as well as several specific items.

It also includes mention of how I expect others to act if they’re going to interact with me. You don’t have to put that in your statement if you don’t want to, of course.

…You Show Me Yours

If you’re an independent creator, I challenge you to craft a statement of ethics, publish it on your website, and leave the link in the comments of this post.

Already have a statement of ethics? Excellent! You’re a real forward-thinking, transparent so-and-so who probably already has a strong community of friends and fans. Share a link to your statement in the comments.

Let’s see what you’re made of!

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I’ve said it for many years: doing it yourself means never having to go it alone!

But… it’s not always easy for a DIY, independent creative entrepreneur to know when it’s time to get help. Or how to find it. Or how to afford it.

After a quick overview of my own recent progress, that’s the topic of this episode of The DIY Endeavors Podcast.

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Technicals

Another episode recorded and produced in the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media in Long Beach, California. I used my thirty year old Shure SM58 plugged into a Zoom R16 digital multitrack recorder.

Raw audio was edited in Audacity with finishing touches applied in Hindenburg Journalist.

This episode took about three hours to record, produce, write the show notes, and distribute for a cost of $225.00, a figure that represents what I would have earned doing freelance work for clients for the same amount of time, and provides an approximate and somewhat arbitrary measure of the value of this show… or, perhaps, its cost to me! If you’d like to offset that cost for as little as one dollar every month (more if you can afford it!) consider becoming a patron of the show, with my grateful thanks!


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