I am a writer.
- I serve as a conduit for stories.
- The stories I receive are gifts from a power greater than me.
- To keep these stories to myself is contrary to the spirit of the gifts.
- It is my obligation to give away that which was freely given to me.
- Those who are meant to find my stories, will find them.
I am a reader.
- I love books of all types, and in all formats.
- I don’t need anyone to be a ‘gatekeeper’ for my literary content.
- I always find exactly the book I need, when I need it – even when I didn’t know I was looking.
I am an author advocate.
- If it moves you, publish it.
- Self-publishing is a valid choice.
- Traditional publishing is a valid choice.
- The only bad choice is not publishing at all.
- Practice your craft, trust the revision process, and don’t skimp on the editor.
- Respect your readers.
- Define what success means to you in concrete terms, and be steadfast in your vision.
Aniko Carmean is a Virginia girl living in Austin, Texas. She writes stories and novels in a variety of genres, including horror, science fiction, and literary-artsy. Her definition of success involves stickers, giving away free versions of everything she writes, and dwelling in the beauty of the literary community rather than the anxiety of selfish grasping.