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How Twitter is literally changing our world
By Suzanne Mason
When the word revolution comes to mind some may immediately associate it with a violent overthrow of a government regime. Nowadays, it can also be defined as a movement of changing socioeconomic norms. What happens when a social media platform becomes a crucial component of that change? From the Israel/Gaza conflict to the Ferguson, Missouri, protests, Twitter has become the social media voice for ongoing social revolutions worldwide.
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Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Digital Storytelling and tours in Victoria, BC
GWA
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, an "'Appy' Hour" 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.
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Allied Member benefits
GWA
As an Allied Member, you are entitled to several bonus benefits. These include: ads in the yearly Membership Directory and Q&T Newsletter, mailing labels or electronic notices, and a discount on Symposium Exhibit booths. Don't miss out on these great opportunities!
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GWA legal service — What your peers have to say
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As you may know, one of the benefits of your membership in Garden Writers is FREE legal advice on writers' issues. Our experienced legal team provides advice and insight that can assist you with issues that arise in the communications world. Check out what some of your fellow GWA members have to say about the service.
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Need help finding qualified job applicants?
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Employers seeking job applicants may list full-time, part-time and freelance openings at no cost. Post your communications-related job opening here. Details.
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Why don't authors compete?
Seth Godin's blog
There's an apocryphal story of a guy who went for his final interview for a senior post at Coca-Cola. At dinner, he ordered a Pepsi. He didn't get the job. And most packaged goods companies would kill to be the only product on the shelf, to own the category in a given store. Yet, not only do authors get along, they spend time and energy blurbing each other's books.
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When does giving the reader what they want turn into clickbait?
GigaOM
The conventional wisdom is that clickbait is the bane of internet journalism, a kind of desperate pandering by revenue-challenged media companies aimed at racking up eyeballs — driven by the relentless economics of pageview-driven advertising. But what is it really? Everyone thinks they know it when they see it, and Facebook is even trying to ban it from the network, but defining it is harder than it seems.
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Authors receive higher royalties on new HarperCollins website
The Bookseller
Authors who have e-books sold through the HarperCollins website will receive a higher net royalty than if they were sold through another site, the publisher has confirmed. HarperCollins unveiled its new site last week, which features a direct-to-consumer function, allowing visitors to the site to download e-books to read through a free HarperCollins app.
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You can try to be the next Hemingway — for $6,000
The Guardian
The clock is ticking down: it's only two months until National Novel Writing Month kicks off. Wannabe Stephen Kings and John Greens are sharpening their pencils, dusting off their ideas and booking vacation time for the month of November. Literary agents already are bracing themselves for a deluge of mostly unpublishable manuscripts that they'll start receiving weeks after that from authors dreaming of repeating the success of Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants.
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This innovative gardening site can teach a novice to grow anything
TakePart
If you're weary of spending $4 for a few organic tomatoes, growing your own garden can be a cost-effective and sustainable alternative. The National Gardening Association reports that in the past five years, there's been a 17 percent increase in food gardening, up from 36 million households in 2008 to 42 million in 2013. Although these numbers are promising, there are still people who want to grow gardens but don't know how.
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Living in an age of creativity
The New Yorker
Every culture elects some central virtues, and creativity is one of ours. In fact, right now, we’re living through a creativity boom. Few qualities are more sought after, few skills more envied. Everyone wants to be more creative — how else, we think, can we become fully realized people? Creativity is now a literary genre unto itself: every year, more and more creativity books promise to teach creativity to the uncreative.
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How gardening helped cure my depression
The Telegraph
By Rachel Kelly: This is the time of year when my prized dahlias begin to blossom, and the crocosmia brings a welcome splash of color to my London back garden. While I rejoice at these signs of late summer, they are also vivid reminders of the same period almost exactly 17 years ago when I experienced my first severe depressive episode. It was then that I discovered the value of gardening as a way through my darkest nights of the soul.
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6 steps to overcoming social media writer's block: Part 1
Digital Book World
For self-published e-book authors, there's one aspect of marketing that offers substantial exposure at a very low price: social media. It's free, after all, and with social media, you can reach readers throughout the world. But when it comes to promoting their brands via social media, many authors freeze up. They have writer's block of the social media kind.
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