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GWA Symposium Room Block Almost Full. Act Now!
GWA
Deeply discounted guest rooms for the 65th GWA Symposium are almost gone. Act now to secure your accommodations for Quebec City, Aug. 16-19. You can complete the symposium registration process and make your room reservation online. Don't wait until the deadline as rooms will likely be gone by then.
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Learn more about this year's symposium presenters
GWA
Interested in learning more about the speakers lined up for this year's annual symposium in Québec City? Check out the GWA site for bios and photos of all the exciting speakers slated for the many intriguing presentations and workshops.
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Aug. 21: Join Region V at the IGC
GWA
If you are participating in the GWA Annual Symposium in Quebec City, why not make a stop in Chicago on your way home? Join fellow garden writers at Navy Pier in Chicago Wednesday, Aug. 21, for a day at the Independent Garden Center Show and a GWA Meeting. We'll get together for a GWA Region V meeting (members & guests from all regions welcome), a Pizza Party, and a special presentation — The Plant-Orgy Garden — by Brent Heath.
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Nov. 16: GWA Solopreneur Workshop
GWA
If you wish you could be a full-time Writer, Photographer, or Speaker, this high energy, highly interactive workshop is for you! Sean Carrol is THE Solopreneur Strategist and will share insight to assist other solo professionals to grow their businesses to the next level. The workshop will be held at the Manhattan Campus of the New York Botanical Garden in New York City on Nov. 16. For more information:
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Sept. 22-24: Garden Bloggers Conference
GWA
GWA is a supporting association sponsor of the Sept. 22-24 Garden Bloggers Conference in Atlanta. Your membership gets you an extra $50 discount on Early Bird registration and $100 off the regular registration. Use promo code GWA13A. More ...
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Penguin-Random House merger complete
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Random House parent company Bertelsmann and Penguin parent company Pearson announced that the merger of the two publishers is complete, thus resulting in the world's largest book publisher: Penguin Random House. The merger follows approval by the U.S., Canada, the E.U., Australia, New Zealand and China. Random House CEO Markus Dohle will serve as CEO of Penguin Random House; Bertelsmann owns 53 percent of the combined company, and Penguin owns 47 percent.
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Appeals court calls for 'fair use' ruling in Google Books case
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In a victory for Google in its long-running fight with the Authors Guild, the Second Circuit of Appeals overturned a lower court's decision to grant class action status, and told the judge in the case to rule on whether Google's book scanning was "fair use" under copyright law. The decision is the latest twist in a case that began in 2005 when the Authors Guild and publishers sued to stop Google from scanning the world's libraries.
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Millennials still want their newspapers
Net News Check
Despite the perception that the under-30 crowd is leaving newspapers and their websites behind for other digital news outlets, studies are finding that the newspaper is still a vital source of information for the millennials. Some 57 percent of those ages 18-34 read newspapers, in print or online, during the course of an average week.
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Exclusive whitepaper: Amazon's local strategy
MultiBriefs Staff Writers
With its sights set on a profitable 2011 holiday season, online retail giant Amazon made a bold decision. Having millions of customers armed with smartphones and Amazon’s barcode-scanning feature, it chose to offer customers 5 percent off purchases if they went into a local store, scanned items for price and then went home empty-handed — retailers be damned. Thus began showrooming. And as Amazon captures local store data only to encourage consumers to buy online, it does so at the expense of the local retailer.
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Falling short: 7 writers reflect on failure
The Guardian
Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Anne Enright, Howard Jacobson, Will Self and Lionel Shriver reflect on their own disappointments in life, love and work.
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Authors on the importance of writing the final chapter first
Flavorwire
Writing isn’t necessarily a linear process. History shows that authors frequently composed their novels by writing or conceptualizing the final chapter or sentence first. Today marks the 77th anniversary of the publication of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. She famously wrote her best-selling story of the Old South backwards. After the jump, we explore why eight different authors worked from end to start. May they inspire you to consider an alternative approach to your next narrative.
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How I got a blank book to the top of the Amazon charts
RealBusiness
The background behind this tale, written by Shed Simove in 2011, is one of ambition, attention to detail and marketing – and it reveals secrets for anyone writing a book, or indeed selling any product or service. His book, entitled What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex, is completely and utterly blank.
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Revising your writing again? Blame the Modernists
The Boston Globe
Perhaps the only belief that today's writers share is that to produce good writing, you have to revise. It's easy to assume that history's greatest authors have been history’s greatest revisers. But that wasn't always how it worked. Until about a century ago, according to various biographers and critics, literature proceeded through handwritten manuscripts that underwent mostly small-scale revisions.
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How long is a chapter?
David Farland
Over the past few years, the standard length of chapters has been shrinking in many genres. If you picked up a novel thirty years ago, twenty manuscript pages seemed to be pretty standard. If you picked up a thriller five years ago, ten pages would do. Now, for most thrillers and young adult novels, eight pages seems to be more normal.
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22 productivity tricks and tools you love
Book Riot
Book Riot recently asked their readers to share their favorite tips and tools for getting things done. Tons of what we can only assume are super-organized, task-master Riot readers chimed in, and five lucky participants won copies of the book. Here are 22 of the best productivity tricks and tools they love.
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