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NOW — Pittsburgh hotel block for the 2014 GWA Symposium
The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh is the only Pittsburgh hotel directly connected to the David L. Lawrence Pittsburgh Convention Center by skywalk. A special block of rooms has been set aside for GWA meeting participants. Discounted room rates are available until the block is full or July 16, 2014, whichever comes first! Act TODAY.
NOW — Publicize your work at the 2014 GWA Symposium
The GWA book fair is an opportunity for members to display their works to other members for book and product reviews. Each participating author who registers is entitled to one-half of a 3-foot by 6-foot table space to display his/her work. The book fair will be open during all exhibit hours. Space is limited, so book fair participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
MAY 7 — Early exhibit booth discounts end
Exhibit sales continue to rise as we approach the first sign-up deadline in May. See who has already committed to show their latest information, products and/or services at the 66th GWA Symposium in Pittsburgh for the greatest gathering of garden communicators in 2014.
MAY 23 — Join GWA in Austin for Region V
TREAT YOURSELF and join GWA in beautiful Texas Hill Country! Choose from 2 sessions - Session 1: Still Photography or Session 2: Video Photography at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on May 23, 2014. In the spring, roadsides, gardens and ranches explode with acres of native wildflowers. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the best place to see the most diverse selection of wildflowers. What's likely to be in bloom in late May? Yucca, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, beebalm, Salvia, prickly pear, skullcap, winecup, sundrops, Gaillardia, Turk's cap, evening primrose, phlox, clematis, lantana and verbena.
PAR Facebook page launched and growing
Stay up to date with PAR activities and media alerts by following the PR Facebook page. Join the GWA Foundation in celebrating the donation of 20,000,000 pounds of edible produce to feed the hungry over the past 20 years (20-n-20) through Plant a Row for the Hungry.
Garden Gate Magazine seeks Senior Editor
Gardeners? When you visit gardens, do you know every plants name — both common and botanical? You may be the perfect addition to Garden Gate's editorial team! Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
The best apps for any kind of writing
Writing is a very personal practice, and as a result you have a million writing-focused apps to choose from. From distraction-free apps that take up your whole screen to feature-packed mainstays like Microsoft Word, we've put together a guide to help you choose the writing software that's right for you. There was a time not that long ago where your choices for writing apps boiled down to plain text or Microsoft Word. Things have changed a lot over the years.
5 ways for freelancers to increase productivity
There's no doubt about it; the freelance life is hard. And if the freelance writers in your life tell you otherwise, shoot me their emails because they are in the one percent, and I need to pick their brains. Of course, waiting on checks when your bills pile up is difficult, but if you're like me and have transitioned from a highly structured full-time gig in an office environment to freelancing from the couch, operating at your maximum productivity level can be a tough nut to crack.
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Americans who read more electronically read more, period
As with just about every other aspect of our lives, the ways in which we can read books have undergone radical shifts over the past few years. Not long ago hardcover and paperback were the main options available to readers, but then e-readers hit the scene, followed by tablet computers. With the additional options of reading on your computer or your phone, these days it seems as though just about the only thing standing between Americans and a good read is time.
E-book publisher power rankings: Top 10 publishers of Q1 2014
Digital Book World
When it comes to creating best-selling e-books, no publisher can come close to the prowess of Penguin Random House. Through the first quarter of 2014, the world's largest publisher had 122 weekly e-book best-sellers, nearly double its closest competitor and about 41 percent of all the best-sellers so far this year. That said, PRH's closest competitor perhaps had an even stronger first quarter, despite having fewer overall best-sellers.
The ideal length of everything online, backed by research
Every so often when I'm tweeting or emailing, I'll think: Should I really be writing so much? I tend to get carried away. And for the times that I do, it sure would be nice to know if all this extra typing is hurting or helping my cause. I want to stand out on social media, but I want to do it in the right way. Curious, I dug around and found some answers for the ideal lengths of tweets and titles and everything in between.
Are you really a writer ... or just a copyist?
There is a terminology problem plaguing the content community. It's confusing marketers, it's misleading clients, and it's causing an identity crisis among content creators everywhere. It seems that no one really knows what it means to be a writer. And Merriam-Webster isn't much help when it comes to defining this person. A "writer is someone whose work it is to write books, poems, stories, etc." Or even more vague, a writer is "someone who has written something."
The myth of the artist's creative routine
Charles Dickens wrote while blindfolded. Virginia Woolf took three baths a day, and always with ice-cold water. Stephen King eats a blood orange at every meal whenever he is working on a book. Joyce Carol Oates writes only in Comic Sans. None of those things is true. Before you go and stock your kitchen with blood oranges or switch the font on your word processor, let me assure you that I invented every one of those writerly habits. But what if I hadn't?
What's Barnes & Noble's survival plan?
The Wall Street Journal
In mid-January, Daniel Fidler worked his final day at what was Barnes & Noble Inc.'s store in Chestnut Hill, Mass., putting in a few extra weeks stripping out books and bookcases after the store closed at the end of the year. "I was depressed but I kept a smile on my face because I didn't want to think about what would happen," said the 24-year-old, who is still looking for a new job. "We had a party at a restaurant, and everybody who left came back, but it was bittersweet."
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