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July 13-15 — Visit the GWA booth in Columbus, Ohio
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The Association OutReach TF will host a booth at Cultivate '14 in Columbus, Ohio, on July 13-15. For more information and other activity schedules for the show, please review the AOTF report on the web site.
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July 14 — Columbus GWA Connect meeting
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GWA Region III will conduct a GWA Connect meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 14, in room D245 of the Greater Columbus Convention Center following the AmericanHort media luncheon.
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July 24 — Toronto-area GWA Connect meeting
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Region VII directors announce a GWA Connect meeting on July 24 at 9:45 a.m. There will be networking time in advance of the Sawaya container trials tour later that morning. The address for the connect meeting is the Tim Hortons at 15 Queensway Dr. E Simcoe, N3Y 4Y2. (Full details of the tour are in Region VII news in the latest Quill & Trowel.) The Tim's is about 10 minutes west of the Trials site. The site is in SW Ontario and may be accessible and of interest to some Region I & III members who would be most warmly welcomed.
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Working The Web training guides
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The GWA Emerging Technologies Task Force created a series of Working The Web training guides for members wanting to begin or expand their efforts in on-line media. If you have not reviewed these free resources, visit the members area of the GWA website to see what is available.
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Symposium FAQs help you prepare
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Members planning to participate in the Pittsburgh symposium in August should review the Frequently Asked Questions posted on the GWA website to help you prepare for the event.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


This is your brain on writing
The New York Times
A novelist scrawling away in a notebook in seclusion may not seem to have much in common with an NBA player doing a reverse layup on a basketball court before a screaming crowd. But if you could peer inside their heads, you might see some striking similarities in how their brains were churning. That's one of the implications of new research on the neuroscience of creative writing.
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Simon & Schuster opens e-book lending to all libraries
Publishers Weekly
As the American Library Association Annual Conference kicks off in Las Vegas, Simon & Schuster has announced that, following a "successful pilot program" in 20 select library systems, it will now open its catalog of e-books to all libraries nationwide. "In the year since we first started our pilot, we have been delighted with the response from the participating libraries, and we believe the time is right to make our e-books available to all libraries," said S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy.
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Experts: New Amazon terms amount to 'assisted suicide' for book industry
The Guardian
British authors have condemned as "deeply worrying" reports that Amazon is now pressing for improved terms from publishers in the U.K., as its showdown with Hachette in the U.S. continues to be played out in public. According to book industry bible the Bookseller, to whom U.K. publishers spoke on condition of anonymity, Amazon is putting publishers under "heavy pressure" to introduce new terms.
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Barnes & Noble to split retail stores, Nook digital business
The Wall Street Journal
Barnes & Noble Inc. is to split in two, separating its unprofitable Nook digital business from its consumer bookstores, an acknowledgment of the difficulties the retailer faces in competing with bigger companies like Amazon.com Inc. in the e-book and hardware sector. The split, expected to occur by March, will make Nook Media a separate public company housing both Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book and e-reader business as well as its college stores.
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5 myths about the new era of publishing
Litragger
Three weeks ago, The New York Times reported that digital publishing startup Byliner was struggling. Last week, their CEO and Founder John Tayman resigned. It's upsetting news for anyone working at the intersection of digital media and literature. We still don't know what exactly went wrong at Byliner, though speculation points toward a poor engagement strategy and a failure to communicate to users the value of their service.
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Author says you can judge a book by its author's photo. Is she right?
Slate
In an interview with the Hairpin, best-selling author Jennifer Weiner discussed the pinkish-gray area between serious literature and chick lit. When it comes to marketing, she said, an author's picture is worth a thousand literary judgments.
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How to do Twitter research on a shoestring
Poynter
Twitter's increasingly influential role in journalism has prompted an accompanying upsurge in academic research, particularly around the ways in which journalists and media organizations have integrated Twitter into their norms and practices. With 500 million tweets a day, Twitter offers researchers a potentially deep and rich stream of social media data.
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5 things writers should ask potential agents
Writer's Digest
Q: An agent has offered me representation, but I don’t know how to tell if she’s right for me. What are the most important questions a writer should ask an agent before signing?

A: There are hundreds of questions you could ask an agent, from the sensible "What attracted you to my book?" to the slightly less sensible "When will you net me my first million?" The key is to choose the ones that will get you the most important information you need to make an informed decision.

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