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GWA Media Awards goes online Jan. 3
GWA
The Garden Writers Association is pleased to announce the latest modernization of its Garden Media Awards Program to an ALL NEW on-line entry and judging process. GWA will be awarding the prestigious GWA Garden Media Awards to the top professional communicators in the lawn and garden genre for 2013. The scheduled opening date for entry submissions is Jan. 3, 2014. Start reviewing your work now for awards judging.
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Pittsburgh presentation proposals due Dec. 16
GWA
The GWA Symposium Program Committee is accepting presentation proposals from speakers for the 2014 symposium to be held Aug. 8-11 in Pittsburgh. There is particular interest in proposals that address core competency topics developed by the GWA Education Committee. All online applications must be received no later than Dec. 16.
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GWA member logo downloads
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Use of the logo to identify members and show unity among professional garden communicators is important and encouraged. If you are a member in good standing, you should visit the GWA archives to download a free members logo.
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Announce your upcoming event on the GWA website for FREE
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Have an upcoming event you want to announce to the members of the Garden Writers Association? GWA is here to help! You can announce your event for FREE on the association's website. Simply log in using the link below and enter the details and hit submit. Announcements are approved daily for immediate posting.
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Start planning a spring PAR campaign
GWA
The GWA Foundation sponsors Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR), a communications program encouraging individual gardeners, companies and community gardens to donate fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers to food agencies and/or soup kitchens to help feed those in need. Start planning a spring event for your area and write about it.
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Supreme Court rejects Amazon appeal; New York affiliate program sales tax stands
TeleRead
A few years ago, states started passing laws requiring Amazon to pay sales tax if it offered affiliate marketing programs in their state, rather than only being required to pay them if it had physical facilities there. This resulted in Amazon cutting off its affiliate programs in any state that passed such a law. Amazon finally fought New York's law to the Supreme Court — and the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal, meaning that the appeals court decision affirming the law will stand.
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Amazon reveals quarter of Kindle e-book sales in US were for indie publishers
The Guardian:
As many as a quarter of the top 100 Kindle books on Amazon.com are from indie publishers, according to data revealed at a trade presentation by the retailer. A chart detailing the 25 top-selling indie titles in 2012 was passed on by an audience member via Twitter. Though the term indie is broad, covering everything from self-published authors to publishing houses that fall outside the big six, the news has been interpreted as a victory for the go-it-alone author.
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Companies book profits from self-publishing
USA Today
In the spring of 2010, Amanda Hocking, a social worker from Rochester, Minn., uploaded several books she had been working on to Amazon.com. In the first weeks, she sold a few dozen copies — success for someone who just wanted to have her work read. In the next few months, she published several more manuscripts, and soon, the sales started piling up. By the end of the summer, Hocking had made enough money to quit her job.
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How to handle brutal criticism
MFA Writing
By Craig Childs: If you're worth your salt as a writer, someday someone is going to rip you apart in print. It may be a letter in the mail, a New York Times review, or a random comment on Amazon.com. You can take these as personal slights, which I certainly do, but once you simmer down, you will have the opportunity to use criticisms as tools for your own writing.
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Is creativity destined to fade with age?
The Washington Post via Valley News
Doris Lessing, the freewheeling Nobel Prize-winning writer on racism, colonialism, feminism and communism who died recently at age 94, was prolific for most of her life. But five years ago, she said the writing had dried up. "Don't imagine you'll have it forever," she said, according to one obituary. "Use it while you've got it because it'll go; it's sliding away like water down a plug hole."
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10 mistakes to avoid on your author website
Help With Publishing
Your author website will be much more effective if you avoid these mistakes, starting with No. 1: Making it hard for visitors to find their way around the site.
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How to write 50,000 words in a month
The Guardian
The letters shine brightly, white on black, from an open laptop placed prominently in the window of an Irish sports bar facing Madison Square Garden: NaNoWriMo. Inside, a crowd of perhaps 40 people, young women and men in casual dress, are drinking beer and conversing loudly. The discussion, predictably, is dominated by issues of plot, character and writer's block, for this is the first New York City social of 2013's National Novel Writing Month.
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