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What's so great about young writers?
The New York Times
By Robin Black: My Facebook feed clogged this week with news that Meryl Streep was funding a screenwriting "lab" for women 40 and older. I am not a screenwriter, but as the author of two books of fiction, published when I was 48 and 52, I couldn't help but cheer. I have an interest in the nurturing of "late blooming" writers.
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Early bird rate ends May 15: GWA regional meeting in Holland, Michigan, area
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"It's all about the Plants!" Join fellow garden writers as they tour gardens in Michigan!
Tours will include: Lake Cliff Gardens, Walters Gardens, Spring Meadow Nursery, Proven Winners Color Choice trial gardens, Dale Deppe's private garden, Garden Solutions research greenhouses (optional on Saturday) and Great Garden Plants (optional on Saturday).

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West Sacramento, California expands urban farms with support from PAR
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PAR joined mayor Christopher Cabaldon, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and its national partners for the dedication of the 5th and C Street Urban Farm expansion. By expanding the urban farm program to additional locations, 5th and C Street will help address the issue of public health by providing a healthy food source for the community. See photos from the event on the GWA website.
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May 6: Join PAR in Hartford, Connecticut, for garden event
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Join PAR to celebrate the Hartford-based non-profit KNOX, Inc. as it receives a grant to fund the expansion of its community garden and horticulture education programs. The expanded area will be known as the Hartford Grown Headquarters, an all-inclusive space where residents can participate in urban agriculture, environmental education programs and learn about horticulture best practices.
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May 7: Early discount rate for exhibit booths approaches
GWA
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, California, 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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Advice for an author looking for a literary agent
The Idea Logical Company
By Mike Shatzkin: Until last week, I hadn't stopped to think about how often I'm advising authors about how to deal with the publishing business. I would imagine this is something that most of us in the industry find ourselves doing very frequently. There are, after all, a lot of aspiring authors in the world and when one's a friend, or a friend of a friend, they ask. And you try to help them.
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Is agency e-book pricing suppressing sales? Hard to say
Digital Book World
The latest monthly data from the Association of American Publishers, for January 2015, show e-book sales in slump. Comprising just 20 percent of trade sales, digital formats clocked in at $100.3 million, down more than 10 percent to what Publishers Lunch notes is the lowest monthly sales figure since April 2012, when the AAP reported digital sales at $99.5 million.
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Facebook tweaks news feed algorithm — here's what that means
Tech Times
With news like mobilegeddon, Facebook has been able to fly relatively under the radar with some changes that it recently made to its News Feed algorithm. Despite this, some are now labeling Facebook's new changes "Contentgeddon." These changes essentially target the relevance of certain posts by publishers and content providers, basically meaning that posts from these companies likely won't be seen by as many people.
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Why can't we read anymore?
Medium
Last year, I read four books. The reasons for that low number are, I guess, the same as your reasons for reading fewer books than you think you should have read last year: I've been finding it harder and harder to concentrate on words, sentences, paragraphs. Let alone chapters. Chapters often have page after page of paragraphs. It just seems such an awful lot of words to concentrate on, on their own, without something else happening.
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Now, writing is for extroverts, too
The Rumpus
By Elizabeth Andre: When my wife proposed writing a novel together last year, I was initially resistant but not for the most obvious reasons. I wasn't worried about our ability to work together. I wasn't even worried about whether we could actually produce a good novel. We had decades of writing experience between us, mostly as reporters for small and mid-sized newspapers around the world.
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The freelance scramble part three: The unthinkable
Kris Writes
By Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Two weeks ago, I wrote what I thought would be a short post explaining a term I'd used, "the freelance scramble." Only that post turned out longer than expected. In fact, I realized I had a short series here. The freelance scramble happens when the cash doesn't flow the way that a writer expects it to. Longtime freelancers have learned the dance that I call the freelance scramble.
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Owning a bookstore means you always get to tell people what to read
The Washington Post
by Ann Patchett: When Karen Hayes and I opened Parnassus Books in Nashville in November 2011, I hadn't really considered what an enormous boon it would be to my lifelong preoccupation with forcing books on people. There were so many logistics to deal with — finding a space to rent that had good parking, finding employees, finding shelves — that there wasn't a minute to think about the fun part: recommending books.
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