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What consumers say about sustainability in gardening
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How consumers view the importance of sustainable gardening practices has been the subject of discussion among GWA members and green industry professionals for several years. To help address the issue, the Garden Trends Research Committee of the Garden Writers Foundation dedicated its 2011-2012 winter consumer survey to the topic of current consumer attitudes on sustainability and gardening. More



2011 was good for e-books, not so good for print
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The Association of American Publishers closed out calendar year 2011 with a round of new stats on print and digital books. Publishers' e-book revenues were up 117.3 percent in 2011, with hardcover, paperback and mass market sales declining sharply and affected in part by Borders' closing. More

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The Internet: A Writer's Best Friend — March 23, Allentown, Pa.
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Region II's Internet workshop registration closes March 9. In a full day workshop, Daniel Gasteiger will describe how the publishing industry has all but shut out unpublished writers and explains how the Internet provides unprecedented opportunity for both aspiring writers and published authors to succeed. Registrants will need to have a laptop computer to connect with the on-site network. More

Pinterest becomes top traffic driver for women's magazines
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Pinterest hasn't just become a significant source of referral traffic for retailers; it's also becoming a top traffic driver for women's lifestyle, home decor and cooking magazines, some of which are seeing bigger referral numbers from the image-collecting service than from major portals like Facebook and Yahoo. More

DK is the growing authority

Turn to DK for authoritative, step-by-step guides to growing flowers, herbs, and fruits and vegetables—in your house, on a terrace, or in a garden. You’ll find practical techniques, inspirational ideas, and problem-solving advice—all beautifully illustrated—in books designed for both beginner and more experienced gardeners. MORE


GWA directory opt-out deadline approaches
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Members who wish to opt out of receiving a printed copy of the 2012 GWA Membership Referral Directory must select the opt-out option in their individual online member record by the end of March. More

Dear publishers: What have you done for me lately?
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Last week, IPG had all of the buy buttons pulled on the e-books it sold through Amazon. The two could not come to agreement on terms. IPG wanted to have the same terms, and Amazon wanted better terms. IPG took to the Internet and sent out an email, aka press release, denouncing Amazon, encouraging its client publishers to stand firm and asking that all future retail traffic be diverted from Amazon to other retailers. More

Long, LONG flowering Helianthemum
Hartswood Ruby from Blooms of Bressingham® flowers a full month longer (May to July) than the industry standard Helianthemum ‘Dazzler’. Its saucer-shaped true red blooms have yellow centers, and show off nicely over vigorous spreading clumps of narrow green leaves. Low growing and easy care, too. Check out this and other great varieties at BloomsofBressinghamPlants.com


Why writers need agents: 4 pros weigh in
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Literary agents are still the gatekeepers for authors seeking traditional book deals. That's the bottom line, despite all the big changes in publishing, says Candice Fuhrman, an agent with many New York Times bestselling authors in her corner. "As long as publishers are buying books and paying advances, agents have a role." More

Buy an e-reader if you're considering selling or giving away e-books
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Before you start selling e-books, get an e-reader. Heck, they're cheap — get several and write them off on your taxes. Spend at least a month reading books on your e-reader. JUST on your e-reader, if you can manage it. Here are your goals for that month. More

AZAMAX - BOTANICAL INSECTICIDE, MITICIDE, NEMATICIDE
AzaMax is a concentrated all natural broad spectrum pest control, antifeedant and insect growth regulator, controls pests through starvation and growth disruption for a broad variety of plant applications. Effectively controls spider mites, thrips, fungus gnats, aphids, whiteflies, leaf miners, worms, beetles, leafhoppers, scales, mealy bugs, nematodes and other soil borne pests. Can be applied up to the time or day of harvest. more


The opportunities of self-publishing e-books — tips from San Francisco Writers Conference
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With each passing year, the prevalence of self publishing topics at writing conferences continues to grow. The 2012 San Francisco Writers Conference held true to that trend. By my count, one-sixth of the seminars centered around the topic of self-publishing. The anticipated industry evolution is no longer coming; it's here. More

Who is Kobo kidding with the Vox?
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The Vox is nothing more than just another mid-level Android tablet. It doesn't have any features, performance, or well, anything to recommend the Vox over the numerous other tablets on the market. It's also clearly not worth $200. More

Casa Flora Inc.
Casa Flora’s vast geographical representation ensures dependable product, consistent supply, and cost-efficient selections. Our corporate office, production greenhouses and a new state of the art laboratory are located in Dallas, TX. Since 2010, our new tissue culture laboratory and greenhouses in China have been supplying the Chinese market while producing Heuchera for Casa Flora in the US. more


Going on vacation? Hire a garden sitter
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Gardeners don't have to remain housebound during the vacation season just because their edibles and flowers need tending. Find a sitter to handle the work. Keep your must-do list simple, though. Few plant minders are willing to do windows or the laundry. "The job depends upon what they have in their yards and how long they'll be gone," said Caryn Sommersdorf, who operates Green Garden Sitters in Orlando, Fla. More

2011 grower wage and benefits survey
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"Doing more with less" seems to be the mantra for all businesses these days, whether we're talking about manufacturing, the service sector or the green industry. "Times are changing," wrote one respondent to American Nurseryman's annual wage and benefits survey. "We are forced to offer less in benefits and salary than we used to." More


 


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