Monday, August 18, 2014

Blogs, DRM, Wilder Mage, and Edits

Is silence golden? Or merely a case of shiny objects diverting my attention from blogging?

Anyway, I’m back on the bloggery track after a jumbled July and an awesome August. Plus, I been sick.

Yeah. That’s the ticket.

Wilder Mage has entered the realm of the Fifth Sense. Or Touch. It is in print now and available through Amazon. My publisher Musa decided to branch out from Ebooks and into the glue-and-paper versions. I most humbly appreciate that Wilder is one of their first to go to print. In October, Mage Revealed will come out in both print and Ebook also. And I’m doing the Snoopy Dance.

DRM or Digital Rights Management. Is it good or bad for an author? I’m reading both sides and confess that I’m more confused than ever. An article in Publishers Weekly breaks it down to a single sentence:

“...all DRM does is punish legitimate users who had the misfortune to be so honest that they paid for the book, rather than taking it...”

By holding the digital rights of our books, is it slithering out of our fingers like a broken egg? This blogger thinks so.

Another question from an article by Writers Beta hit me hard:
" pirating going to cost me so much, that I'm better off risking limiting and annoying users..."
Wilder Mage is on the Torrent websites available for a free download and there ain’t nuthin’ I can do about it. Sure, you can email them and give the spiel to remove your book from their lists immediately. But it is a waste of time. Believe me, I know.

Summary: any book, DRM protected or not, can be formatted to fit your programs. Look to Calibre to see how it’s done.

Edits. I am in the final edits to Mage Revealed, the sequel to Wilder Mage. I’m up against a deadline for the first time in my writing career and find
Cover reveal soon. For now, here is the book trailer.

So what do you think about DRM? Ready to cut your book loose and let it fly like a kite?


  1. Almost eerie music for the video! Congratulations on your upcoming release. And getting your other book in print. Now you get to hold it.
    My publisher has gotten my book removed as a free download from a couple sites, but it just appears elsewhere.
    Really glad to have you back, Carol!

  2. On the one hand, you have the Gaimans of the world who say that some of those who get his work illegally end up liking his writing and buy future books legally. On the other, you don't want to make it easy for people to steal. So, I don't know about DRM. I see some of the books I buy aren't DRM protected (is that the term?) (the author puts a message at the end saying to go ahead and lend the book to friends). It's something to think about.

  3. Great to see you at Marcy's blog. Congrats on your books!

  4. I hate DRM. My sis-in-law had a Sony eReader with books she bought through their store (along with books from B&N). Then her Sony died, and she bought a Nook. Her Nook broke, and she went back to a different Sony. B&N wouldn't let her transfer her books, because the DRM associated the books to her dead Nook. Effectively, they were punishing her and depriving her of reading books she'd bought.


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