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Feb. 7 Deadline — GWA 2014 Honors Nominations
Members can recognize the achievements of their peers with a 2014 Honors nomination. To honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the GWA objectives, please complete an official nomination form. Details:
Feb. 15 Deadline — GWA Media Awards 'Early Bird' Rate
Submit works first published and copyrighted between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. The official copyright date will be the eligibility determinant. You do not need to be a GWA member to enter. Any writer, editor, publisher, producer, etc., may enter. Entries must be submitted by March 15, 2014
Feb. 15 'Early Bird' Deadline — GWA Meeting At the Yard, Garden & Patio Show in Portland, Oregon
Reinventing Yourself: Thriving in a Climate of Change — Join a panel of experts who will share their insights into the new world of writing, editing and photography on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center.
Feb. 28 'Early Bird' Deadline — Chicago Flower & Garden Show!
The roots of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced as far back as 1847! The Show, held each March at Chicago's Navy Pier (March 15-23, 2014), is an experience for the senses, invoking memories of spring after a typically long and cold Chicago winter. Join Region III in Chicago for networking, presentations, breakfast & lunch and early access to the show! "Early Bird" registration available through February 28.
Sunshineadvanced.com is Seeking a Freelance Hydo Garden Writer
Looking for a freelance garden writer to write monthly online articles for www.sunshineadvanced.com. Sunshine Advanced mixes are premium-quality products created for hydro growing in media, indoors and out. This is a specialty niche, and an expert with technical knowledge is desired. Ideally, the candidate will also provide their own quality photography. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
Fafard.com is seeking a Freelance Garden Writer
Looking for a freelance garden writer to join our team writing monthly online articles for www.Fafard.com. Fafard garden soils, potting soils and amendments are premium-quality products that lend themselves to a wide variety of gardening topics. Ideally, the candidate will approach gardening with a creative, fresh perspective and have urban gardening experience. The candidate should also provide their own quality photography. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
MultiBriefs is seeking a Publication Manager
MultiBriefs is partnering with the National Gardening Association to start a new monthly newsletter that features original writing. We're looking for experienced writers who are willing to write one article per month. The NGA has selected a topic for each month from March through December and is looking to have two different approaches to the topic with each month's articles. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
Younger Consumers Think Gardening is Good, But Hard Work, Time Consuming and Dirty
Today's Garden Center
While the pace of business seems to keep increasing, the number of new (young) faces coming to the garden center may not be, research from Today's Garden Center’s 10% Project finds.
How Starting a Blog Can Help Market Your Book
As part of Mediabistro's Profit From Your Passion series, we gave you advice on creating your book proposal (whether it be nonfiction or a novel). The next step in getting your work into the hands of millions is marketing. Although it may seem daunting at first (thoughts of hitting up every Barnes & Noble in the country spring to mind), it's not as intimidating as it sounds.
Get Ready For More Mergers And Acquisitions In Book Publishing
The publishing house that Stieg Larsson built with his Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series is now up for sale. Enthusiast publisher (and my employer) F+W Media made an acquisition last week that added 40 percent to its revenues. Amazon acquired social media platform Goodreads last year for a rumored nine figures. And the summer of 2013 saw the closure of the largest merger in book publishing history: The combination of the two biggest publishers in the world.
Class Action Complaint Filed Against Barnes & Noble
Digital Book World
Bernstein Liebhard LLP announced that a class action suit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of securities of Barnes & Noble, Inc. during the period of July 27, 2012, and Dec. 5, 2013. The complaint charges Barnes & Noble and its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
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Amazon Expected To Report Doubled Q4 Profit On Strong Holiday Sales, Promotion
International Business Times
Amazon is expected to report a huge profit increase in the fourth quarter compared to the last quarter of 2012, as subscriptions to Amazon Prime, clients using Amazon's web services and fulfillment services, video game and console sales and Kindle e-reader and tablet sales all increased. The Seattle, Wash.-based company, is expected to report net income of $318.87 million, or 68 cents per share, compared with $97 million or 21 cents per share a year earlier.
Does Digital Publishing Mean Death of the Author?
What's the difference between making money out of books and writing books that people want to buy? Turns out it's about 40 percent — if, that is, you believe this year's Digital Book World survey. Only 20 percent of the 1,600 self-published authors surveyed, and just a quarter of the almost 800 writers with a traditional book deal, judged it "extremely important" to "make money writing books."
Reading Books is Fundamental
The New York Times
By Charles M. Blow: The first thing I can remember buying for myself, aside from candy, of course, was not a toy. It was a book. It was a religious picture book about Job from the Bible, bought at Kmart. It was on one of the rare occasions when my mother had enough money to give my brothers and me each a few dollars so that we could buy whatever we wanted. We all made a beeline for the toy aisle, but that path led through the section of greeting cards and books.
The Future of Bookstores is Key to Understanding Future of Publishing
The Shatzkin Files
One of the subjects we have been probing for a long time is the inevitable impact that increased purchasing of books online would have on the shelf space at retail and what that would mean to trade publishers. (You'll see that this speech that is well more than a decade old also says publishers are going to have get audience-centric, or vertical, as well.)
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