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Writing your way to happiness
The New York Times
The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person's health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.
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Jan. 30: Last chance to register for Boston
GWA
Everyone is invited to join Region I at New England GROWS in Boston on Feb. 6. In addition to a workshop on Take your Presentation Skills to the Next Level presented by C.L. Fornari, you will receive free registration to New England GROWS! Registration ends Jan. 30.
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Feb. 2: GWA member directory advertisement reservation due
GWA
Allied Trade members of GWA have access to this key group of professionals who have a significant impact on gardening product sales and markets. A free ad in the annual GWA Membership Directory is included in each Allied Trade membership. Non-member companies offering gardening products or services may also advertise in the annual GWA Membership Directory for a fee.
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Feb. 6: Early registration for YGP in Portland, Oregon, ends
GWA
Join Region VI when they link up with like-minded groups in the horticulture industry and create the chance for better communication between the groups and more opportunities to promote the entire industry, fulfilling a desire by the GWA Board. Early registration ends Feb. 6.
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Feb. 13: GWA Honors nominations due
GWA
Members can recognize the achievements of their peers with a 2015 Honors nomination. To honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the GWA objectives, please complete an official nomination form.
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March 15: GWA member directory profile info updates due
GWA
Please log in to update your profile for this year's directory. In support of GWA's continuing efforts in sustainability, the 2015-16 directory will be available both in printed and electronic formats. The file will be available online in the Members area in a read-only Adobe PDF format. If you wish to support our sustainability efforts, you can log in to the GWA and opt out of receiving the printed version of this year's directory.
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GWA Media Awards now open for submissions
GWA
GWA — the association of garden communicators — is pleased to continue its latest modernization of the Garden Media Awards Program using an online entry and judging process. GWA will be awarding the prestigious GWA Garden Media Awards to the top professional communicators in the lawn and garden genre for 2014. Entries must be submitted by March 16.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Authors and publishers may constrain the rise of e-book subscriptions
The Economist
"Beware of the person of one book," said Thomas Aquinas, a medieval friar and author. The risk of encountering such unscholarly types is rarer in modern times. Digital devices can hold dozens of e-books, so people can carry around a whole shelf of reading material with them. Now a new crop of e-book subscription companies is offering bibliophiles the chance to consume as many books as they like, from a huge range of titles, for a flat fee of around $10 a month.
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Facebook tips for authors
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
VideoBrief Welcome back to our Social Media 101 series! Today's tips for authors are all about Facebook. Why do you need a fan page? Once you have one, what kind of content should you post? How can I grow my audience? All questions answered here.
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Planting a clock that tracks hours by flowers
The New York Times
The professionals said it could not be done. They had never tried it, and they didn't know any public garden that had tried it, and they wouldn't recommend anyone else give it a try. This was not the response I expected when I called a few plant people and asked how to design a type of flower bed that has been around since the mid-18th century. It's called a Horologium Florae: a flower clock.
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January 2015 Author Earnings Report
Author Earnings
U.S. e-book sales have plateaued — or are even declining, relative to print — declare some widely cited industry statistics. Publishing pundits opine that readers' Kindles are all "full"” now, and talk about the “glut” of e-books. News articles imply that consumers are abandoning e-books and are returning to print books, and then those articles speculate about whether e-books were "just a fad."
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Fifth year of GRO1000 Grassroots Grants
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced its fifth year of the GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award program. GRO1000 rewards deserving communities and not-for-profit civic organizations seeking to develop sustainable community gardens and green spaces. The program is part of the company's commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary. To date, hundreds of community projects have received GRO1000 funding.
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The most overlooked market for content writers
Writer's Digest
Writing content can be an extremely profitable option for working writers. Sure, there are fiercely competitive content markets where writers fight over penny-a-word contracts. But, those more obvious opportunities in highly competitive markets aren't what I'm talking about. There are far better opportunities for writers looking to make a living ... and that's my goal with this blog each week:
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BookBub — it's Groupon for e-books
The Guardian
In 2010, the daily deals website Groupon launched a competition to find a person willing to live off nothing but their discount vouchers for a year — in return for $100,000 (£66,000) cash at the end of it. They weren't short of entrants, and the winner, a 28-year-old unemployed accountant from Chicago named Josh Stevens, even made it over to the U.K. as part of his discount tour.
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Garden fantasies done right: A time for planning
The Huffington Post
Has this happened to you? While shopping for plants in the spring, the plant dork in you becomes too loud of a voice to talk down, and you end up with a grouping of wonderful but completely incoherent, plants. This makes for a garden that is interesting when viewed up close, but as soon as you step back, YIKES! You are left with something I like to call a design crime scene.
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Top 10 reasons why I would never publish traditionally
Dean Wesley Smith
Got an interesting question last week when sitting having dinner with an old friend. He wanted to know why I said I would never go back to publishing novels with traditional major publishers. Now over dinner, with my friend having no background in what was happening in publishing, that question because impossible to answer. So I muttered something about bad contracts and moved on.
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