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Vote for GWA Directors NOW
GWA
The on-line election ballot for the 2013 Board of Directors elections is now available. Elections run through Aug. 9. Cast your ballot for the future leadership of the association today.
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Aug. 3 is last symposium deadline
GWA
Regular registration rates for the 65th GWA Symposium in Quebec City end Aug. 3. Register now and save $150.
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2013-14 Member directory issued
GWA
Copies of the 2013-2014 GWA Membership Directory are in the mail to members who requested printed copies. Those wanting only an electronic version can access a copy in the members area of the GWA website.
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Aug. 5: Registration for GWA meeting at IGC closes
GWA
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 and guests from all regions welcome), a Pizza Party, and a special presentation — "The Plant-Orgy Garden" — by Brent Heath. Registration closes Aug. 5.
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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.
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Show your work in Quebec
GWA
The GWA book fair is an opportunity for members to display their works to other members for book and product reviews. The registration fee is only $25* to cover the table setup. The book fair will be open during all exhibit hours. Space is limited, so book fair participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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2012 Freelance Industry Report
International Freelancers Academy
Despite the meteoric growth in freelancing over the last decade, there is very little published information about who we are as freelancers — what we do, how we land work, what we earn, and why we do what we do.
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Publishers have paid $166 million to settle e-book claims
Publishers Weekly
According to a recent filing, publishers have paid a total of $166,158,426 to settle state and consumer e-book price fixing charges, including an additional $3,909,000 to settle consumer claims in Minnesota. The figures come from a letter filed with Judge Denise Cote earlier this month by Texas attorney general Greg Abbott, and do not include legal fees and other court costs. Minnesota was not part of the original state suit and pursued its own litigation.
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Goodreads says it has 20 million members, doubling in less than a year
TechCrunch
Goodreads, the social reading service that Amazon acquired earlier this year, is announcing that it has reached 20 million members. CEO and co-founder Otis Chandler said that since it launched in 2007, the site, where users can share which books they've read and review them, has seen "slow-but-steady growth," but things really started to accelerate in the past year. It took Goodreads only 11 months to double its membership after hitting 10 million members in August 2012.
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Reading literature makes us smarter and nicer
Time
Gregory Currie, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nottingham, recently argued in The New York Times that we ought not to claim that literature improves us as people, because there is no "compelling evidence that suggests that people are morally or socially better for reading Tolstoy" or other great books. Actually, there is such evidence.
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How not to lose assignments and infuriate editors
Writer's Digest
Editors? We're divas. If we don't find a two-liter of premium coffee, 10 fine-point red Sharpies and a bowl of 3,000 blue M&Ms waiting at our desks when we get to work in the morning, we pretty much lose it. But, we've got the keys to the magazine castles and the ginormous salaries to prove it (well, one of the two, anyway) — so the best way to get a freelance gig and a place on our Go-To Writers list is to know what editorial sins keep us up at night.
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The 'other' e-book pricing problem
The Huffington Post
While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on. Consumers are the ultimate victims here, also, but those most directly affected are public libraries. Some book publishers don't lease e-books to libraries at all, depriving library customers of versions of popular best-sellers.
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Can authors ever really retire?
The Christian Science Monitor
Author Alice Munro recently created a stir when she announced her retirement from writing, following an example set by novelist Phillip Roth, who declared last autumn that he had also written his last book. Munro is 82, and Roth is 80, each well past the standard retirement age. Even so, the idea of writers trading their keyboards for gold watches still seems unusual. One of the small benefits of writing, after all, is that one can presumably continue doing it at any age.
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