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Pasadena hotel block now open for the 2015 GWA Symposium
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A special block of rooms has been set aside for GWA meeting participants at the Hilton Pasadena and the Sheraton Pasadena. Room rates start at $129 USD sgl/dbl. The deadline for discounted room rates is: September 2, 2015.
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PAR partners with GRO1000 efforts in Dallas, TX
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On April 7, PAR will join Mayor Michael S. Rawlings, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and its national partners for the dedication of the La Bajada Urban Youth Farm in Dallas. The La Bajada Urban Youth Farm will serve as a community green space and gathering place for the West Dallas neighborhood. Area youth will be employed as paid interns, giving them work experience in a team and environmental stewardship setting.
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Early bird rate ends May 15 — GWA regional meeting in Philadelphia
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Join fellow GWA members on June 12 as they tour the grounds of the Morris Arboretum, get exclusive access to Bloomfield Farm and see PHS's Pop Up Gardens in Philadelphia. Educational programming will focus on "Behind-the-Scenes of Growing Morris" and the "Greening of Philadelphia for the Pope's Visit this Summer."
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Early discount rate for exhibit booths approaches
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Prime booth spots are still available for GWA's Garden Product Information Exhibit. See who has already committed to show their latest information, products and/or services at the 67th GWA Symposium in Pasadena for the greatest gathering of garden communicators in 2015.
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GWA loves LA
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Stay up to date on developments for the 2015 GWA symposium. Join the "GWA Loves L.A. 2015" Facebook page.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Bees and pollinators video
AmericanHort
The Horticultural Research Institute, in collaboration with AmericanHort, Society of American Florists, and the American Floral Endowment, released an educational video that provides information on the horticultural industry's essential role in bee and pollinator stewardship. Titled, "Protecting Bees & Pollinators: What Horticulture Needs to Know," the video narrates the current state of bee and pollinator health, provides information on factors that impact pollinators and the environment including the use of pesticides, and underscores the beneficial role horticulture plays in providing healthy and nurturing pollinator ecosystems.
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ASJA Connect for Success
ASJA
The American Society of Journalists and Authors' (ASJA) annual conference ASJA2015: Connect for Success, the premier event for freelance writers, will be held in New York City April 30–May, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel. The conference, sponsored by the ASJA Educational Foundation, consists of dozens of educational sessions focused on issues and topics pivotal to freelance writers. Anyone with an interest in freelance writing, for any market or medium, will benefit from this extraordinary gathering of industry professionals. Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Stuck in the Middle With You and She's Not There: a Life in Two Genders, the first bestselling work by a transgender author, will give the keynote address.
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Controversy at the Frick Museum
Unite to Save the Frick
The Frick Collection in Manhattan has announced plans to erect a 106-foot-tall addition, equivalent in height to a 10-story tower, on the site of its 70th Street Garden by landscape designer Russell Page and its complementary Reception Hall Pavilion, by architects John Barrington Bayley and Harry van Dyke while garden enthusiasts protest.
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Another major publisher is going to war with Amazon
Business Insider UK
The contract between "Big Five" book publisher HarperCollins and Amazon is about to expire, and HarperCollins is refusing to sign an agreement with the new terms that Amazon is asking, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Business Insider. The contract presented to HarperCollins was the same contract recently signed by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan, Amazon confirmed.
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E-books gained, online retailers slipped in 2014
Publishers Weekly
E-books' market share of new-book sales increased slightly in 2014 over 2013, while the share of all book sales made through online retailers and bookstore chains dipped in the same period. Those were two of the major trends found by the most recent survey of consumer book-buying behavior conducted by Nielsen Books & Consumers.
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Bad reviews may actually be good for sales
io9
We've all spent some time checking out online reviews. While businesses want nothing but good reviews, a new study shows that sometimes mixed reviews can actually help drive up sales. Here's why. Review systems and review sites come under fire regularly for the ways their reviews do and don't fairly represent the products and services they describe.
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Good agents geek out about contracts
The Huffington Post
By Karen Dionne, author: I recently watched a video of a panel discussion from the Backspace Writers Conference video archives in which Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, Scott Hoffman of Folio Literary Management, Suzie Townsend (then of Fineprint Literary Management, now with New Leaf Literary), and Diana Fox of Fox Literary discussed the nuances of publishing contracts.
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It's never too late: On becoming a writer at 50
Writer's Digest
By Brian A. Klems: The year I turned 20 I sat down and made out my bucket list, jotting down the decade birthdays — 30th, 40th, 50th, and so on — and beneath each entry what I hoped to have accomplished by that date. Longevity not being a strong family trait, I figured I had maybe five decades to make my life's dreams come true. Fifty years to fall in love, travel the world, fly on a trapeze, take ballroom dance lessons and and learn how to snowboard.
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How do you find time to write?
Jamie Todd Ruben (blog)
From time-to-time, I get asked how I find the time to write. I supposed this is, in part, because of my consecutive-day writing streak (which now stands at 576 days). But I think part of it comes from the fact that I manage to write while working a full time job, while blogging, and while raising a family. The question comes in various forms but it all boils down to the same thing: how do you find time to write?
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What's the matter with e-books?
Dan Cohen (blog)
Over the past two years, I've been tracking e-book adoption, and the statistics are, frankly, perplexing. After Amazon released the Kindle in 2007, there was a rapid growth in e-book sales and readership, and the iPad's launch three years later only accelerated the trend. Then something odd happened. By most media accounts, e-book adoption has plateaued at about a third of the overall book market, and this stall has lasted for over a year now.
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Instapaper 6.2 introduces speed reading option
Tech Crunch
Instapaper, the reader app owned by betaworks, has launched an update to the app that brings a few new key features to the experience. With Instapaper 6.2, users will gain access to a feature called Speed Reader, which highlights a single word at a time for a more focused and efficient reading experience.
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Twitter publicly launches curator, its real-time search and filtering tool for media outlets
Tech Crunch
Twitter is launching Curator, its new product that lets media organizations, publishers, and broadcasters identify, filter and display tweets and Vine videos on any screen in real-time. The free service, which is something of a competitor to Storify, is designed to help those in the media industry and, soon, others too, make better sense of the barrage of data on Twitter's network in order to highlight the best content for their own readers and viewers.
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