Episode #4 of the Night Dreams series will be released on all eBook platforms on October 27th. A print edition will follow soon after. Each episode is in the 20,000 word range, one connecting to the next. The series book trailer is below.
What is DRM?
DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. That is tech-speak, but in layman’s terms, it means your electronic content is protected from it being shared or ‘pirated’ over the internet without your consent or knowledge. Having DRM on your content restricts access to copying, editing, and printing.
This can give digital content creators (musicians, authors, publishers) a bit of security and keep a tighter rein and more control on their works. As with anything else, there are varied opinions about how it works, the real security of it, and whether it’s a good thing or bad thing.
But, let’s step back and take a quick look at some of its history.
The idea of having digital content protected at the source has been around since the old ‘floppy disks’ (I hope I didn’t date myself there). From the floppy disks, the process extended to music CDs. This is where most of the controversy was thrust into the public spotlight, and where the music sharing company, Napster, was brought under heavy scrutiny. Many musical artists protested and sued Napster over the music being shared to listeners for free through mp3 files. This was a matter of the bottom line, money, and well totally justified, but more importantly, it was about the overall violation and disregard of copyright and ownership of the content.
The music industry was the first to take the hit from peer-to-peer file sharing, and from their experience and mistakes, the movie industry learned a lot and began to lace their DVDs with the code to prevent movies from being copied and shared endlessly. An owner of a DVD can legally make a copy for his or her own use, but this ability is limited by the digital management code in the disk. Music CDs were soon equipped with a similar protection to help cut the piracy and in an attempt to preserve copyright and keep the musicians from losing money.
The new player on the market is now the booming business of ebooks, and with that, it brings about the same issues that the above mentioned industries faced. Authors and publishers, the creators of ebooks, are now in the position of protecting their craft and hard work – leading back to the biggest protector, DRM.
Here, I will be speaking about eBooks. First, in uploading your content to a retailer (Amazon, Apple, Kobo, BnN) you may or may not be given the option to apply DRM to your content. Once you are at that point in uploading your book you have to make a decision about protecting it.
To me, it’s a matter of personal preference and what your expectations may be. Piracy runs rampant on the inter-webs, and realistically there is no good way to stop it. ‘If it can be taken for free, it will be.’ That’s the unfortunate truth.
With that said, let’s say you are releasing a free ebook. In that case, DRM might be a mute point. I say that because in a strange way, if you are putting something up for free, your content will more than likely be downloaded many times online, creating pub and exposure for you, your writing style, and your book. If putting it up for free, with the notion that word will spread about your product, then DRM-free might be the way to go. The only problem with that is, as piracy goes, there are some websites taking free works and then selling them on their site with no pay out to the author. Here is a very interesting post about this issue written by Y. Correa.
Another thing to consider is that is some circles, there have been reports of consumers having trouble using DRM content. I don’t know how true this is or what the percentages are, but if you are on the fence, you may want to look into these potential problems before you decide.
Not having DRM on a bestseller might not have a significant effect on sales if it is already at that level, and in the case of J.K. Rowling, she moved into the ebook market being DRM free. Piracy was always something Rowling has had to deal with, especially early on. Her thought in going DRM free was that she might build an audience of pirate readers and convert them into paying customers. But, very few have J.K. Rowling’s clout to pull that off.
For my ebooks, I do not use DRM when going through the retailers, unless they require it on their end. If there is a chance that a consumer might have a technical issue that may reflect negatively on my product, then I try to avoid it if possible. I want my reader’s experience to be the best it can be.
This all can seem very confusing, so I tried to give a little background on this ongoing topic of discussion in the internet community. There is no right or wrong way, and honestly, if a consumer really wants to buy your content, I don’t think DRM will sway them one way or the other.
The good news is that if you are asking this particular question, then it must mean you have completed your hard work and are ready to send it out to the masses. To that I say…Congrats!!
Two separate anthologies – 26 tales of horror! Both will be released on Tuesday, August 26th in ebook and print formats. My story Ritter House, will be part of the State of Horror – Illinois anthology put together by Charon Coin Press and edited by Jerry Benns.
State of Horror: Illinois
In the depth of winter the field lay barren and cold. The remnants of the recent harvest push through the layers of wind-driven snow. Fields are divided by highways and county roads leading to small towns and solitary farms. Hard to imagine this cold, barren place is alive during the summer. Summertime finds the farms full of life as the vast expanses of cultivated fields come alive with towering stalks of corn. At that time of year the heat, oppressive and heavy, rules this domain and is in stark contrast to the harsh desolation of winter.
Driving North on one of the many interstate highways, one would leave the rolling hills near the Kentucky border behind and travel into the river plains of the Midwest. Traversing through the area, small towns dot the landscape with their little houses, fenced yards and front porches, along with streets laid out in perfect grids. The small towns and fields seem to transform as the car moves farther north along the highway skirting the expanse of larger cities that pop up throughout the state. Then arriving at the final destination of the third most populated US city, Chicago, the essence of Illinois is felt with every mile.
Leave the safety of your world behind and travel the highways to the darker side of Illinois. Let your imagination run wild as you weave a tale of unspeakable horror.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction – Jerry E. Benns
Out Come the Wolves – Claire C. Riley
Ritter House – A. Lopez, Jr.
Chicago Mike – Della West
The Ghosts of Morse – Julianne Snow
Drowning in the Hazel – Eli Constant
In Chicago, The Dish Is So Deep, No One Can Hear You Scream – Frank J. Edler
Chicago Blues – Stuart Conover
My Porcelain Monster – Eric I. Dean 115
Piasa Remains – Herika R. Raymer
Vishnu Springs – DJ Tyrer
Dying Days: Great Mistakes – Armand Rosamilia
What‘s Eating the Mob – P. David Puffinburger
Seek No Longer the Beloved – Jay Seate
State of Horror: New Jersey
The wind blows off the Atlantic and the sun beats down on the lotion lathered beach goers while the waves rumble and crash on the shore. Who would have guessed that these beaches once inspired a story that would resonate with moviegoers for decades afterwards. In 1916, a string of vicious shark attacks horrified New Jersey for twelve days, leaving communities shocked and running for the safety of dry land. Later, author Peter Benchley took inspiration from the headlines and penned Jaws, moving the location to New York’s Long Island, but the core of the fear was derived from the Jersey Shores.
The state of New Jersey, bordered by New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, is rich with history as it was one of the original 13 colonies settled, and played a huge part as the country began to take shape. The topology of the state lends a unique opportunity for setting a story, with the northern hills at the base of the Appalachian Mountains and the southern coastal plains. New Jersey is one of the most densely populated areas in the country, however, in a matter of hours, you can leave the cities behind and discover winding roads bordered by green foliage, or get lost in small towns that borders the Atlantic Ocean. The possibilities are endless to weave a modern or historical horror story using the vast settings of New Jersey.
The Pine Barrens of New Jersey holds the legend of the New Jersey Devil, the thirteenth child of Mrs. Leeds, said to be cursed upon birth by his mother and terrifying the countryside for centuries to come. In the original release of State of Horror: New Jersey, authors Scott M. Goriscak, Diane Arrelle, Christian Jensen, and T. Fox Dunham wrote their own twist on the New Jersey legend. Each story by these authors building upon the core legend of the devil, which has been inspiring the imaginations of generations. The upcoming re-release of the State of Horror Anthology will contain the updated versions of these stories and many more chilling tales inspired by the settings of the New Jersey landscape.
Look for these titles and more in 2014 from Charon Coin Press.
The story list for ‘State of Horror Illinois’ has been released. Jerry Benns of Charon Coin Press is doing a great job in working with the authors in putting it all together. Glad to be part of it.
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This round of selections was difficult because there were many impressive stories, but only thirteen available spots. The level of great storytelling was beyond my expectations and the selection process was more challenging than I would have thought. In the end, choices were made based how the stories fit together in the overall collection. I am excited to work with this group of authors in the coming months as we put the final touches on the State of Horror: Illinois anthology and begin our promotional campaign.
Without further delay, let’s present the stories set to appear in Charon Coin Press’ State of Horror: Illinois anthology. The stories and names listed below are not in the order they will appear in the…
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The event is done and the books are heading out. Glad to be involved and thanks to Armand Rosamilia for all his hard work.
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Today is Thursday May 15th 2014, the cutoff date for the Authors Supporting Our Troops event started in mid-January. I had to set this date because, while the four months going have been awesome and the support overwhelming, it was beginning to overwhelm not only me but Special Gal and two rooms of the house.
When I began this venture (thanks to author Joe McKinney, who did a smaller version last year), I was hoping for 500 books to ship overseas. I got about five times that amount, and every day brought another box of books and more excitement as I opened the box, cataloged and photographed and posted the books on Facebook.
It also let me see how very cool and generous people could be as well. Authors and non-authors alike donated money to help with the shipping costs, many people purchased special shirts we made for the event…
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A Great Free Horror eZine! Proud to have my flash fiction story “Purgatory” as part of the release.
Originally posted on The Sirens Song:
Sirens Call Publications has released the 14th issue of The Sirens Call themed Old School Horror!
With 109 pages of flash fiction, poetry, short stories, it’s an issue you’re going to want to download for FREE!! With an interview and photography from Tanja Jurkovic as well as an interview from Daniel Durrant, author of Climate Change, there’s a little something for everyone.
Don’t forget to share it around! Why not? It’s free!