I’ve talked before about the Content Wars in media – the fight for exclusive content, of capturing, holding, and monetizing attention with subscription models, walled garden marketplaces, and so on.

It behooves writers, readers, and all media consumers/producers to stay abreast of what’s going on in the broader business landscape for creatives.

Which is why I wanted to point out this Tumblr article by musician Zoe Keating.

The music industry is not the publishing industry, so I’m not saying this precise model will be replicated in publishing with services like Kindle Unlimited, Oyster, Scribd, etc.

But among other things, it’s a good reminder to be aware of the partnerships you’re making, and that aggregators, distributors, and retailers (Google, YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Kobo) are not your friends. They are businesses looking out for their own best interests. And if you are beholden to any one of them for too much of your business/reach/content, it can and often does end poorly.

The Content Wars Come to Publishing – KU and Subscriptions

or Veteran of a Thousand Content Wars  (with apologies to Hawkwind) We’re well and properly in the era of The Content Wars in the US entertainment industry – internet music subscription services like Spotify and Pandora, but also into TV/film with start-ups like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon moving into the content-generation business, all-you-can-watch services that…

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Simon & Schuster’s New Deal with Amazon

So, this news broke yesterday: http://time.com/3525993/amazon-simon-schuster-hachette/ With precious few details. Context: My books Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, and The Younger Gods are all published by Simon & Schuster. I’ve got a lot of literary skin in this game. I also have work out with Amazon Publishing, who published Shield and Crocus, and are contracted to publish an…

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THE YOUNGER GODS is here!

That’s right, my third (and final) major release for 2014, the first-in-series Supernatural Thriller THE YOUNGER GODS is here, complete with awkward sorcerers, bizzare monsters, and The Big Apple. Here’s what people are saying: “it’s a marvelous start to a new series – heavy on the action that opens up a new world of mythology…

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Amazon Crowd-Sourced Publishing

According to multiple sources, Amazon is preparing to launch a crowd-sourced, almost reality-TV-style publishing program, where authors upload unpublished MSS and those that receive the most votes get considered for Amazon Publication (by the genre/category-specific imprints, or by a new imprint, I wonder?) with fairly generous terms. Sources: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/amazon-launch-crowd-sourced-publishing.html?utm_content=bufferc00c0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/64103-amazon-launching-new-crowdsourcing-publishing-program.html https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=207604&start=0&tstart=0 Thoughts? We’re in early…

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Kindle Unlimited

Earlier this week, news leaked out about Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscriptions service for $9.99 a month, with a title list of over 600,000 titles, including Amazon Publishing titles, self-published titles, and several big-name exclusives. The program is now live, and there are details on the page. Terms – or ‘How Are Authors and Publishers…

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Just Keep Swimming

You know how ducks swimming along look all chill, but if you look under the water, they’re paddling away? That’s me, right now. I’ve got a bunch of balls in the air, so I’ve been spending more time traveling for work, writing, and submitting than on blogging. Here’s what I’m up to right now: 1)…

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SHIELD AND CROCUS is here!

Today is the day! You can get Shield and Crocus on Amazon as well as several different bookstores. It’s also available in audiobook, performed by the amazing Luke Daniels. If you’d like to read a preview first, Tor.com has you covered. What have others been saying about it? “…with Shield and Crocus, everything I love in…

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