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Amazon signs up authors, writing publishers out of deal
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Amazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers. Amazon will publish 122 books this fall in an array of genres, in both physical and e-book form. It is a striking acceleration of the retailer's fledging publishing program that will place Amazon squarely in competition with the New York houses that are also its most prominent suppliers. More



October Q&T available
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GWA members may download the October Quill & Trowel Newsletter. Content includes: Media Awards "Call for Entries" • symposium audio recordings available • Nov. 15 - deadline for 2012 garden tours • Nov. 1, Region I Video Workshop • Oct. 30, Region VI Fall Meeting, "The Sustainable Garden Writer" • Oct. 31, Region VI Writers' Workshop More

Bergenia 'Bressingham Ruby' has year-round appeal

This Bergenia’s foliage changes color through the seasons from spring green to burnished maroon as frosts arrive. Bold rosy-red flower spikes also appear in mid to late spring. A popular weed-smothering ground cover for the front border or in rock gardens. Its glossy foliage is also perfect in arrangements. From Blooms of Bressingham®.


E-book sales are accelerating while print sales are plunging
John Miedema (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Twenty years of the World Wide Web only increased the sale of books. Just a few years after the Kindle was launched, e-book sales are accelerating and print sales are plunging. Here are some facts that interest the numbers nerds who follow these things. More

2011 symposium recordings & handouts available
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GWA's Annual Symposium speaker audio recordings are available for just $5 per session. Free session materials are shown under each session description. To purchase audio recordings of each presentation, please click on the shopping cart icon located beneath each session description and click the Paypal logo to complete your shopping process. More

Amsterdam - Hybrid Tomato

Just like a work of art by the great Dutch Masters. Amsterdam is sure to wow you with its sweet flavor. In our trials this year, Amsterdam had one of the highest brix levels of all tomato varieties. Brix levels are indicators of sugar levels in produce. If you like a sweet tasting grape tomato then you should try Amsterdam. more


What will it take for international e-book markets to take off?
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Big U.S. publishers are reporting that e-books now make up between 15 and 20 percent of their sales — a dramatic and quick rise since 2010. But in the rest of the world, it's a very different story. In the U.K., e-books make up about 6 percent of sales, but that's as close it gets to U.S. levels. More

FAQ: What writers need to know about copyrights
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We're writers, not legal experts — and yet, every time we put words down on paper a number of legal questions arise. How do I copyright my work? Do I need to? Am I allowed to quote song lyrics? Can I use someone else's character in my book? And that's just the tip of the pencil. More

Need legal advice?
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GWA members have access to free legal advice on writers' topics as a benefit of membership. Visit the members area on the GWA website to submit your legal question. More


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NYT.com: 'Incredibly surprising' growth in unique users
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The number of unqiue users recorded last month by the New York Times website in the U.S. increased by 2.3 percent year-on-year, despite the introduction of digital subscriptions in March this year. Speaking on a paywalls panel at the World Editors Forum in Vienna, Jim Roberts, assistant managing editor for digital, said the year-on-year increase to an average 34 million unique users in September per month was "incredibly surprising." More

One Size Fits All

The Frost Protek Flat Sheet plant cover keeps the growing season going. Wrap a trellis. Stretch one over your raised beds. Drape another over planter boxes. It's your one solution to insulate vegetables, flowering vines, annuals, and other sensitive plants when nights turn cold. 
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Where are we going on digital royalties?
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It will come as little surprise, but there have recently been mixed messages about digital royalties. Some agents have indicated that they are managing to secure rates better than the industry standard of 25 percent of net receipts, with the uber agent Andrew Wylie saying that he now expects a rate of 50 percent to become the norm. Publishers have been saying quite the opposite. More

Why word count goals can be destructive
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Word counts are the trusted aids of many a writer. With the ever-present call of duties, relationships and even just sweet inertia, it's often comforting to have a set goal every day. Write 1,000 words, write two pages, write one scene, one chapter — and you're finished. More

Mark the Date!

The talk of the industry, The IGC Show continues on into its record 6th year! Make your plans now. August 21-23, 2012.
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How to deal with email overload
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People spend a lot of time on email — way too much for their own good and productivity. Email is a disruptive technology that can take you on a tangent you never intended, and eat up time faster than most other voluntary activities. More

Texas faces billions in water costs as drought imperils economy
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Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Texas, pushed a bill to make 25 million Texans pay an extra $3.25 a year to help provide water for decades. Then, with a record drought devastating farms and ranches, the Republican party leaders waded in. "We couldn’t get the votes," said Ritter, who heads the Natural Resources Committee in the House of Representatives. More
 


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