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May 23 — Join GWA in Austin for Region V
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Choose from 2 sessions — Session 1: Still Photography or Session 2: Video Photography hosted by Region V at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center on May 23. In the spring, roadsides, gardens and ranches explode with acres of native wildflowers. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the best place to see the most diverse selection of wildflowers. What's likely to be in bloom in late May? Yucca, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, beebalm, Salvia, prickly pear, skullcap, winecup, sundrops, Gaillardia, Turk's cap, evening primrose, phlox, clematis, lantana and verbena.
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PAR participates in Mesa, Ariz. project
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On April 1, the GWA Foundation's Plant A Row for the Hungry program joined the celebration to dedicate the Botanical Walkway at McKellips and Ellsworth Park in Mesa, Ariz. PAR participated with 1,000 students from Zaharis Elementary School, Mayor Scott Smith, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, The National Gardening Assn., ScottsMiracle-Gro, and the Franklin Park Conservatory as part of the GRO1000. The project will encourage preservation and propagation of native plants throughout the City. This is one of five GRO1000 promoting gardening and greenscapes in America this year.
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'Like' Plant A Row For The Hungry's (PAR) Facebook page
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Stay up to date with PAR activities and media alerts by following the PR Facebook page. Join the GWA Foundation in celebrating the donation of 20,000,000 pounds of edible produce to feed the hungry over the past 20 years (20-n-20) through Plant A Row For The Hungry.
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Pittsburgh symposium video posted
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Program Chair Kirk Brown reports the first official commercial for the upcoming Pittsburgh Symposium education programming is now online. Jessica Walliser cut a very entertaining 60-second spot that announces the fun participants are going to have at this year's conference. Please feel free to share across your digital world.
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Get the latest GWA symposium news via Facebook
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Stay connected to all the latest updates and information for this year's symposium in Pittsburgh on Aug. 8-11 by "liking" the event's Facebook page.
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Pittsburgh hotel block is open for Symposium registrations
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The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh immerses you in the heart of the city, making travel convenient for guests. The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh is the only Pittsburgh hotel directly connected to the David L. Lawrence Pittsburgh Convention Center by skywalk. A special block of rooms has been set aside for GWA meeting participants. The deadline for discounted room rates and guaranteed space availability is July 16.
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8 strategies to build your freelance writing career
Writer's Digest
By Roger Morris: When I became a part-time freelancer in the 1970s, I scrambled to sell a few articles, mainly to my local newspaper's Sunday magazine. With a full-time day job, it was rough. Telephone queries were discouraged, so pitches were laboriously snail-mailed, and I waited days or weeks to see if anything other than rejection slips appeared in my mailbox. Eventually, I resigned myself to my corporate career, landing the occasional magazine byline on the side.
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E-book growth slows to single digits in US in 2013
Digital Book World
Say goodbye to the go-go years of fast-paced e-book growth — at least for now. E-book growth, once in the triple and double digits, with no signs of abating, has slowed to a crawl in 2013. According to the latest numbers from the Association of American Publishers, adult trade e-books brought in $1.3 billion in revenue in 2013, up 3.8 percent from $1.25 billion in 2012. E-books now account for 27 percent of all adult trade sales, up from 23 percent in 2012.
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US judge OKs class action in e-book suit against Apple
Reuters
A federal judge in New York granted class certification to a group of consumers who sued Apple Inc for conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices in violation of antitrust law. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said the plaintiffs had "more than met their burden" to allow them to sue as a group. She rejected Apple's contentions that the claims were too different from each other, or that some plaintiffs were not harmed because some e-book prices fell.
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Content pricing consultant: E-books should be (much) more expensive
Digital Book World
Imagine a cold winter day in New England. Now, imagine wanting a particular book. You have three options, according to Frank Luby, a pricing consultant and former journalist, speaking at the Copy Right Clearance Center's OnCopyright 2014 conference in New York. You could brave the cold and, presumably, snow, get in your car, drive to the nearest Barnes & Noble to hope that the store has a copy. If it doesn't have one, perhaps a nearby location does. .
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Paper vs. digital reading is an exhausted debate
The Guardian
The digital revolution is going into a decline, Tim Waterstone told the Oxford literary festival. Well, it's an attention-grabbing statement, ideally suited to our culture of assertive headlines, but it's probably not true. That's not to say that the rapid growth of digital will necessarily continue, either, certainly not in markets that are already saturated with handheld devices.
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AIB Photo Contest
America in Bloom
America in Bloom, with cooperating sponsorship from Home & Garden Showplace and Monrovia Nursery, announces an exciting new endeavor to encourage and recognize beautification efforts through a new annual photography contest.
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