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Symposium FAQs help you prepare
Members planning to participate in the Pittsburgh symposium in next week should review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted on the GWA website to help you prepare for the event.
Support scholarships and PAR
You can support the GWAF even if you can't be in Pittsburgh. Make a donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation and have your name entered to win a laptop computer or a digital SLR camera or an iPad! Save time and sign up online before the meeting. Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet, and you do not need to be present to win. Donations are tax deductible. Please lend a hand, today, while there is time.
Sept. 26 — Barnes by Barnes — Philadelphia GWA Regional Meeting
Join Region II on Sept. 26, 2014, in the Philadelphia-area for a morning tour of the Barnes' Grounds and Collections, followed by lunch and trunk show. In the afternoon, the tour will continue at the Barnes Art Collection. Register by Aug. 29 the for the early-bird rate.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Digital Storytelling & Tours in Victoria, BC
Like taking photos? Like telling stories? This introduction to digital storytelling will help you make short films using your photos and narration, to make fun and fun to make digital stories. This regional meeting is composed of two half-day workshops and one full day of tours. The Digital storytelling session is before and after the tour day so video taken on the tour can be used to create a short digital story. Register by Aug. 19 for the early-bird rate.
GWA Electronic Directory available
An electronic version of the GWA membership directory is available for download. As a read-only PDF, you can electronically search for information using the PDF find function to locate member information, websites and blogs.
Topiary Trees seeks Garden Content Writer
Looking for a Gardening Content Writer to author web page content at www.topiarytree.net and to publish content on gardening blogs. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
The Garden Conservancy seeks Associate Director of Organizational Communications
Works to raise awareness of the Garden Conservancy among the general public and all key constituencies. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
9 million fewer books are given as gifts in 2013
The number of books being given as gifts has fallen by nine million in a year, delivering a new financial blow to the publishing industry as U.K. consumers turn away from hard copies in favor of digital reads. The trend was revealed in Nielsen Book's U.K. Books & Consumers Annual Review for 2013, which identified a four percent year-on-year decrease in the U.K. book market between 2012 and 2013 both in terms of volume and value.
The creative art of selling a book by its cover
The New York Times
Peter Mendelsund often says that "dead authors get the best book jackets." Mendelsund, who has designed striking covers for departed literary giants like Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Joyce, dreads working with picky writers who demand a particular font, color, image or visual theme. "It ends up looking like hell," he said.
Amazon's failed pitch to authors
The New Yorker
In May, the publishing company Hachette revealed that the online retailer Amazon had been delaying shipment of physical books published by Hachette while the companies argued over how e-books should be sold on Amazon. Since then, the public-relations war between the companies has resembled an altercation between siblings who accuse each other of bad behavior while tacitly agreeing not to reveal what started all the hair-grabbing in the first place.
How to save books
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might have seemed useless and ridiculous ...
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Self publishing is real! (Now what?)
Andrew Updegrove: Tales of Adversego
At some point in the last two years, self-publishing became accepted as a real, and even preferable, route over the traditional path. That's great news, but it's only the first step. What we need now is for a self-publishing ecosystem to evolve that makes self-publishing a more efficient, enjoyable and effective route for authors of all types.
The great agent hunt
The "How Do I Get An Agent?" question is coming at me from all directions this week and I figured I'd better put the answer all in one place so I can just refer people here. So you've finished your first novel and now you face the dreaded question: What do I do now? Well, first, MASSIVE CELEBRATING. Most people who try to write a novel never finish at all. You are officially awesome.
Accidentally going digital
If there's one thing I spend a lot of time championing around here, it's that everyone should read whatever they want without shame, and they should read it in whatever format gives them the most pleasure and ease of use. You want to read Shakespeare in giant gold-edged hardcover form? Go for it. You want to read "50 Shades of Gray" on your Kindle? Sure, have fun. I hope you get some enjoyment out of it. I am open and accepting.
Historical novel's author tells publication horror story
K.B. Laugheed's "The Spirit Keeper" opens in the wilds of Lancaster County in 1747. Two Native Americans fulfill a quest to find the Creature of Fire and Ice that one of them, a holy man, has envisioned. She's feisty, red-haired, blue-eyed Katie O'Toole, age 17. The 13th child of poor Irish settlers had planned to run away to Philadelphia. When the Indians raid her frontier outpost, she's forced to trudge in the opposite direction.
Failure is our muse
The New York Times
July 8, in case you happened to miss it, was Fitz-Greene Halleck Day, a chance to remember the most intensely forgotten writer in American history. "No name in the American poetical world is more firmly established than that of Fitz-Greene Halleck," Edgar Allan Poe wrote in 1843. And yet, despite a Central Park statue that still stands in his honor, Fitz-Greene Halleck may now be the most famous man ever to achieve total obscurity.
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