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GWA Regional Meeting: Region I at New England GROWS!
GWA
Join Region I at New England GROWS in Boston on February 7, 2014. In addition to a workshop on Making the Web Work for You presented by Kevin Sprague, you will receive free registration to New England GROWS! There will be a GWA Connect event the night before (February 6th). Find out more at:
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GWA Garden Products Exhibition at the 66th GWA Annual Symposium in Pittsburgh
GWA
This promises to be an extremely large meeting as Pittsburgh is centrally located near 75% of our garden communicators! We have 100 booths waiting for the best and newest in garden related products! See the exhibitor’s packet:
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GWA Media Awards Goes On-Line 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 & garden genre for 2013. The scheduled opening date for entry submissions is January 3, 2014. Start reviewing your work now for awards judging.
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GWA Workshop: Videos for Blogs and Websites
GWA
Write It, Shoot It — How to create videos for blogs and websites. Whether you are a newly minted garden writer or a seasoned pro, video is one of the most compelling and direct ways to reach your target audience. In this workshop, you will learn how to create short videos for your blog, website, YouTube or other digital media outlet.
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Region VI garden & nursery tour
GWA
Santa Barbara is a garden and plant lover's Eden. It's a city of intense garden history, beautiful gardens, wonderful nurseries, classic architecture and so much more. Join fellow members of Garden Writers for a day of touring the gardens of Santa Barbara. You'll be amazed and inspired by what you see.
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Happy Holidays
GWA
The GWA office will be closed December 24-January 1. We wish all members a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Booksellers wary about holiday sales
The New York Times
All across the country, booksellers have a Christmas wish: that the e-book thrill is gone. There is reason to believe it will come true. E-book sales have flattened in 2013, giving publishers and bookstores hope that consumers' appetite for print books will be renewed during the most crucial sales period of the year. But there are plenty of reasons for holiday anxiety, too.
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The tablet magazine ship is sinking. Fast.
GigaOM
By Eddie Vassallo, Entropy: Last month I published a post on my company blog that caused some (shall we say) interesting feedback from both our publisher clients as well as the broader media community. While I was certainly not the first to proclaim the death of the tablet magazine, the now universally recognized and unequivocal data pointing to the steep decline of print-replica apps is becoming undeniable.
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Entitle launches e-book service emphasizing ownership and big titles
Tech Crunch
In the past few months, we've seen the launch of several e-book subscription services using a Netflix-style pricing model, where users pay a monthly fee and get access to any title in the catalog. A new service called Entitle is going in a different direction — users still pay a subscription fee, but they can only download a few books each month. Isn’t that a worse deal? CEO Bryan Batten argued that it's not, for a couple of reasons.
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The Amazon Kindle numbers that Jeff Bezos must really care about
All Things D
We all know that Amazon's annual touting of its new Kindles as the best-selling Kindles ever has become laughable since the company doesn't provide any sales figures to back up its claims. But a recent analysis of survey data by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that maybe, just maybe, there are other Kindle-related figures that are just as critical to Amazon, if not more so.
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Ebyline launches pitch board to better connect seasoned freelancers, publishers
Mediabistro
It can be hard out there for a freelancer. The avalanche of emails, stiff competition, low pay and ignored invoices all make it a real challenge. That's why Ebyline, a conduit between digital publishers and writers, works to connect those are looking for work and those who need work done and is now going one step further with its new Pitch Board.
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Independent bookstores turn a new page on brick-and-mortar retailing
The Washington Post
Bookstores are terminally ill. Borders? Dead. Barnes & Noble? Life support. Amazon is king. E-books are the present and the future. Have tablet, will read. But in downtown Frederick, Md., Marlene and Tom England are defying the future: They recently opened the Curious Iguana bookstore. It carries books printed on paper. Nonfiction. Poetry. Short stories. That seems insane, right? Some people strolling by certainly think so.
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Murray says digital, international will drive growth
Publishers Weekly
Much as he did six months ago as part of the road show before News Corp. split into two companies, HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray spoke at the 41st UBS Global Media and Communications Conference to stress the positive tailwinds benefitting both HC and consumer book publishing. Book publishing, he emphasized repeatedly, is not going the way of the music or magazine businesses, where digital alternatives took away huge chunks of revenue.
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Self-publishing: The myth and the reality
The Huffington Post
There was a time — and not all that long ago — when self-publishing was considered nothing short of blasphemy. So-called "vanity houses" would, for a price, produce your book. The costs varied, depending on the length, whether the work had photos or illustrations; a book of poetry or a novel would run about $5,000-$7,500. For that, an author got his work edited, copy edited, proofread, designed, and cover artwork was supplied.
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