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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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FINAL WEEK to Vote for GWA Directors
GWA
Aug. 9 is the deadline for submitting on-line ballots for GWA Board of Directors elections. Cast your ballot for the future leadership of the association today.
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Aug. 5: Registration for GWA meeting at IGC MONDAY
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 & 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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GWA Jobs Page
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Check out the latest listing on the GWA Job page.
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Obama and Amazon: Booksellers speak out
TIME
In today's business section, TIME's Chris Matthews examines some reasons why a Chattanooga, Tenn., Amazon fulfillment center was an odd choice as a location for President Obama to speak about middle-class jobs. While the company has made admirable investments in business and has provided jobs for many Americans, Matthews says, Amazon also illustrates some of the problems with the types of jobs being added during our current recovery.
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Overstock extends pricing war
Publishers Weekly
Last week, Overstock.com declared war on Amazon by discounting 360,000 titles 10 percent below Amazon's prices. The mega-retailer, which launched with the slogan "Earth's Largest Bookstore," quickly responded by lowering prices on thousands of bestsellers. Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne told PW he plans to keep up the pressure on Amazon by continuing the deep discounts through midnight Aug. 7.
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Ranking e-book sales
FutureBook
Last week, The Bookseller announced that it would begin running monthly e-book rankings, with data supplied direct to the magazine by all the main trade publishers. The initiative builds on what we've done with The Bookseller's annual, and quarterly market analyses, where we've integrated publisher supplied e-book data with stats from the physical book market supplied by Nielsen BookScan.
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Self-publishing an e-book? 4 ways to leave Amazon's 30 percent tax behind
Forbes
In the book-author world, there's been no bigger shake-up to the establishment than the arrival of the Kindle self-publishing platform. With the arrival of turnkey self-publishing in the form of Amazon's Kindle platform that enables an author to instantly start selling their books on the world's biggest book marketplace, authors big and small have realized that they no longer need big publishing in order to get their works out into the world and start making money.
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Mindboggling facts that will make you care about Pinterest
ReadWrite
Allow this veteran Pinterest observer to get angry for just a moment: It really grinds my gears when people call Pinterest a "niche" social network. Sure, it's old news that Pinterest is used predominantly by women. But since when is 50 percent of the human population considered a niche interest group? Conceived by three male co-founders, Pinterest's visual platform was intended to lend itself just as well to stamp collections as shoe collections.
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5 myths about marketing
Help with Publishing
Judging by the questions I'm asked, marketing is one of the big fears of authors considering self-publishing. So let's look at the truth behind the myths.
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