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Sept. 26 — Barnes by Barnes — Philadelphia GWA Regional Meeting
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Join Region II on Sept. 26 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.
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Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Digital Storytelling & Tours in Victoria, BC
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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. 28 for the early-bird rate.
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Joni M Becker seeks freelance writer/contributors
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Looking for freelance writers interested in providing content for mobile magazine. Any and everything related to flower gardening even creative pieces will be entertained. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
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Print is down, and now out
The New York Times
A year ago last week, it seemed as if print newspapers might be on the verge of a comeback, or at least on the brink of, well, survival. Jeff Bezos, an avatar of digital innovation as the founder of Amazon, came out of nowhere and plunked down $250 million for The Washington Post. His vote of confidence in the future of print and serious news was seen by some as a sign that an era of "optimism or potential" for the industry was getting underway.
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Against editors
Gawker
In the writing world, there is a hierarchy. The writers are on the bottom. Above them are editors, who tell the writers what to change. This is backwards. How many good writers has Big Edit destroyed? "Pish posh," you might say. "You're one to talk. Your grammar is wronged, your metaphors are blunt bricks, and your similes are like a hot needle to the eyeball. Your infinitives are split, your participles are dangling, your spelling is eroneous, your cliches are old as time. ... "
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Failure, writing's constant companion
The New York Times
Failure in writing is not like failure in business, where you lose money and have to fire everyone and remortgage your house. When you're a writer, most of the time, people don't depend on you to succeed. Although you may starve if your books don't sell, or your agent might yell at you for producing something that three people will read, failure in writing is more of an intimately crushing day-to-day thing. OK, minute-to-minute. Measured against your ideal of yourself.
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The problem with self-publishing
Salon
Anonymous asked: Is there a good reason to seek to be published through Little, Brown and Co. rather than self-publishing as an e-book?

Ted Thompson, author: This is a question I initially skipped because it seemed a little too practical, and I am by no means a publishing expert, or anything close to it. But then I found myself talking out my answer in the shower, and again at night before I drifted off to sleep, and I guess that's an indication that there's a lot more to this question than I initially thought.

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Research before you send a query letter
Writer's Digest
By Chuck Sambuchino: Let me first begin by saying I love working as a literary agent. Since opening Greyhaus Literary Agency in 2003, I have had the chance to work with a lot of great writers, agents and publishers. Let's face it — there are very few jobs out there where we get to do something many consider simply a hobby. However, with all of the great things about the job, the one thing I hate the most is the part about writing rejection letters to authors.
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