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Is it still possible to survive as an artist in America?
Let's forget about starving artist for a moment and get right to a more accurate, and ominous, conjugation: The artist in America is being starved, systemically and without shame. In this land of untold bounty — what is usually called, in a kind of blustering spasm, the richest empire on earth — the American creative class has been forced to brook a historic economic burden while also being sunk into sunless irrelevancy.
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Feb. 13: GWA Honors nominations due
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.
Feb. 13: Early registration ends for GWA meeting at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
The roots of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced to 1847! The Show, held each March at Chicago's Navy Pier (March 14-22), is an experience for the senses, invoking memories of spring after a typically long, cold Chicago winter. Join Region III as they enjoy the inspiring featured gardens. Roses are back for the first time in more than 10 years! In Chicago! In March! They will be stunning.
Feb. 15: GWA Media Awards early rate ends
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.
Feb. 20: Early registration ends for GWA regional meeting in Charleston, SC
Join fellow Garden Writers in March on a first-ever GWA tour of two of the oldest and most famous gardens in America — Magnolia Plantation and Middleton Place, both in Charleston, South Carolina. This special opportunity is timed to be at the height of the seasonal bloom of azaleas and camellias on two plantations with huge collections.
Feb. 20: Registration for YGP in Portland, Oregon, ends
Join Region VI on Feb. 27 at the YGP show 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.
March 15: GWA Member Directory profile info updates due
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.
Bookstore sales fell 4.5 percent in 2014
Bookstore sales fell 4.5 percent in 2014, to $11.38 billion, down from $11.90 billion in 2013, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sales finished the year on a small uptick, rising to $1.36 billion in December compared to $1.35 billion in December 2013.
The preliminary figures are often adjusted in subsequent months, so the 2014 sales numbers will probably change.
When to stop polishing a manuscript
David Farland (blog)
Many new writers don't know when to stop polishing a manuscript and move on to the next. Part of the reason for that might have to do with Ernest Hemingway.
Many years ago, a writer asked Hemingway, "How many times should I rewrite a manuscript?" Now, Hemingway hated dumb questions, so he answered "Oh, at least 60."
He loved doing that to writers.
The romance of historic gardens
Historic gardens that have been neglected for decades are being given a new lease of life by photographer Rachel Warne in Faded Glory, her new exhibition at the Garden Museum in south London.
The photographs evoke a nostalgia for gardens that are long past their heyday, but still have beauty in them.
What's next for alt-weeklies?
Big changes may be in store for your local alternative weekly. Voice Media Group announced it was exploring "new strategies for its publishing assets," including their sale or acquisition. The circulation numbers for alt-weeklies aren't looking good. Alt-weeklies face many of the same problems that print publications do — mainly that ad revenues are shifting to digital platforms.
Beyond $0.99: New tips on e-book price promotions
The days when a single Kindle Daily Deal could catapult an unknown book up the New York Times bestseller list are probably behind us now. And big publishers are experimenting more and more with price promotions, so that a super-low price on a self-published e-book isn't enough to help it stand apart. So as more and more and more e-books are published, how have the mechanics of price promotions changed?
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In community gardens, a new weed?
The New York Times
The trouble started with an R.F.Q: a "request for qualifications" in the bloodless shorthand of city government. But that's not quite right. The shot that started the latest skirmish in New York's never-ending garden wars wasn't an R.F.Q., but an addendum to an R.F.Q.
Community gardeners will tell you it was Addendum No. 1, specifically, that roused more than 150 of them to rally Tuesday morning on the plaza of City Hall.
In defense of self-publishing
There are so many op-eds these days on when or if to self-publish, and even more so, features (albeit they're dwindling) on how inferior self-published works are — just by the very fact they are self-published. This premise is applied even if the self-publishing author has the budget, foresight and professionalism to engage all manner of expert editors, proofreaders, formatters, designers and thoroughly research the distribution and promotion of his or her work.
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E-books aren't killing print
When Amazon launched the Kindle in 2007, book purists bemoaned the imminent demise of print. Yet far from heralding a publishing apocalypse, e-books have been adopted only gradually despite their affordability. Although half of U.S. adults own a tablet or e-reader, e-books make up only an estimated 23 percent of the $35 billion industry — and Pew Research reports that just 4 percent of Americans are e-book only.
Huffington Post bets people will read good news — and share it, too
Greek-born author Arianna Huffington created a digital powerhouse in May 2005 on the back of two major elements: famous bloggers, and the relentless aggregation of stories from elsewhere on politics, pop culture and almost everything else. Huffington Post's original reporting really came later — and so did a Pulitzer Prize. But the clickbait endures.
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