Author, Creator, and Consultant Matthew Wayne Selznick

Statement of Ethics and Principles

Everything I do as a professional creator and creative services provider stems from, and reflects, who I am. Like many creators, I am my brand; my personal and business reputation are one in the same.

If you’re thinking of buying any of my creative works, or deciding to hire my services, you’re also considering entering into a relationship with me.

That’s something I take seriously. I put a lot of value in the fact that you’re interested in me and my work, and that you’re taking the time to do your research.

To help you in that regard, I offer this statement of ethics and principles (in no particular order) as both a brief introduction to my personal and professional standards and morals, and as a method of accountability.

  • My ethics and principles stem from my creed, which is adapted from the works of Garth Ennis:
    • Judge a person by their deeds, not how they look
    • Don’t suffer fools
    • Do the right thing
  • A corollary, from the works of Aaron Sorkin: “I want to be a comfort to my friends in tragedy. And I want to be able to celebrate with them in triumph. And for all the times in between, I just want to be able to look them in the eye.”
  • The Matthew Wayne Selznick encountered online is the same Matthew Wayne Selznick met in person. I don’t have an “online persona,” and you’ll never read, hear, or see something online from me that I wouldn’t also say to your face.
    • Because subtlety is easy to miss in online communication, I strive for direct and forthright written content, especially on social networks. What I say is what I mean; nothing more or less.
    • It’s best to not “read into” my words or actions. If my intentions and motivations aren’t clear to you, please ask rather than assume.
  • I operate with transparency in as many areas as is practical and possible. If there’s something related to my creative endeavors or creative services you’d like to know and I haven’t already discussed it publicly… ask me.
  • When I recommend a person, it’s because I know them, like them, and trust them. Similarly, I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and like.
  • I treat others with respect until the moment they show they’re undeserving.
  • I consider consumers of my creative works to be my peers.
  • I don’t do business or associate with people, businesses, or other entities that advocate sanctions or violence against individuals or groups on the basis of an individual’s or group’s race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion. In other words, I don’t associate with racists, bigots, homophobes, or genocidal extremists.
    • If I find after the fact that I have unintentionally associated with a person, business, or other entity that fits that description, I will end the association.

This is not an exhaustive list; I’ll no doubt add to it and refine it from time to time.

I expect others to abide by these same ethics and principles, favor those who do, and may discard those who behave contrary (be it toward me, or those I love) to a similar standard.