Creativity, Content, SEO and Balance….

(Mewsical Musings)

Well, don’t you just love it when you make a blog post that disappears? It just illustrates the point above. With internet publishing you will probably spend twice as much time on the nitty-gritty of trying to get noticed as you do on the main purpose of creating and sharing ideas….

I am a musician, and the democratization of the publishing process via the internet is the promise of a foot in the door! In reality, it is a hard slog, especially when you are doing it in your spare time and others are doing it as a job. I would rather just make the music, post it somewhere and let it sell itself, but it ain’t-a-gonna!

Take Sibelius for instance (www.sibeliusmusic.com) a great site which is presently in a ferment (or torment) of upgrading which has left the little guys to flounder. Under the previous system your peers could vote you into prominence as a composer and arranger on the Top 10 board and there was the commission board where you could bid for work. On the new site the Top 10 is now a degenerate mess of unchanging hymn and anthem arrangements from one store which has so many meta tags in its store heading that it takes as much space as 4 usual store ads!

Now eventually the overworked technicians may address that problem, but in the meantime what was one of the largest shop fronts for new compositions on the web has stalled. Stores manned by those already in the publishing industry are getting vastly more coverage than those manned by independents although the fees are the same. The scent of SEO manipulation, or of friends in the business at Avid? Who knows? Anyway, I am happy to muddle along selling a bit here and a bit there and one day, who knows, I might just cover my rent! They say “let us know if you think it is unfair” but nothing has changed so far in respect to Ave Maria Top 10s or some stores’ over-exposure at the expense of others.

What I was greatly pleased to discover however is that http://www.Amazon.com have selected some of my guitar books for distribution. This is both a surprise and an honour. My books have no ISBN, so I could not put them up, but Amazon have taken a “punt” on me and that means something!

Here are some links….

http://www.amazon.com/Songs-Reef-Octo-Pieces-Young-Guitarists/dp/B002AD9FPQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243587362&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Tunes-Flute-Fingerstyle-Guitar/dp/B002AD9G3M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243587362&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Christmas-Carols-Guitar-Ensemble/dp/B002AD9FZG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243587362&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Christmas-Carols-Guitar-Solo/dp/B002AD7NNW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243587362&sr=1-5

http://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Christmas-Carols-Guitar-Solo/dp/B002AD7NNW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243587362&sr=1-5

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