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As 2014 comes to a close, GWA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of GWA News Clippings a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


5 steps to avoiding the dangers of unlicensed photos
Spinweb
From Feb. 13: Have you ever made an innocent mistake, a bad choice ... but you didn't know it was a bad choice until a year later? If you're randomly selecting images from the internet and posting them on your blog, you may get to experience this unpleasant feeling.
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7 habits of insanely productive freelance writers
Business 2 Community
From June 20: Maintaining productivity outside of an office environment can be difficult, especially for freelance writers who have no boss but himself or herself. You've got great resources to provide the best possible blogs, articles, and e-books for your clients, but somewhere between the research and the editing, it's easy to lose focus. The result is either a hastily completed project that meets deadlines but not much else, or well-executed content that's a little too late.
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The 10 commandments of social media etiquette for writers
Anne R. Allen's Blog
From April 17: When I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the importance of commenting on blogs to raise your social media profile, I forgot to say one essential thing — probably because I figured it's something your mom told you — but for those who've forgotten, here it is ... If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it.
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Garden clubs retool for a new generation
The Dallas Morning News
From Dec. 5: You don't have to have gray hair to join a garden club, but you probably have a few silver strands if you belong to one. The average age of a garden club member is "about 75, maybe a little older," says Rene Lynch, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota. It wasn't always that way.
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8 strategies to build your freelance writing career
Writer's Digest
From April 4: By Roger Morris: When I became a part-time freelancer in the 1970s, I scrambled to sell a few articles, mainly to my local newspaper's Sunday magazine. With a full-time day job, it was rough. Telephone queries were discouraged, so pitches were laboriously snail-mailed, and I waited days or weeks to see if anything other than rejection slips appeared in my mailbox. Eventually, I resigned myself to my corporate career, landing the occasional magazine byline on the side.
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Largest photo service just made its pictures free to use
The Verge
From March 6: If you go to the Getty Images website, you'll see millions of images, all watermarked. There are more than a hundred years of photography here, from FDR on the campaign trail to last Sunday's Oscars, all stamped with the same transparent square placard reminding you that you don't own the rights. If you want Getty to take off the watermark, you'll have to pay for it. Starting now, that's going to change. Getty Images is dropping the watermark for the bulk of its collection, in exchange for an open-embed program that will let users drop in any image they want, as long as the service gets to append a footer to the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page.
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10 phrases great speakers never say
Inc.
From Jan. 16: While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation. To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, with 10 things you should never say during your presentations.
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'Avant gardens': When art, design and a whole load of plants collide
CNN
From Oct. 30: When is a garden not a garden? When it's an avant garden. Designers of the past — who were concerned with verdant lawns, traditional flowerbeds and tasteful ornaments — would barely recognize the experimental gardens of today. "Garden design has always been quite a traditional discipline, says Madison Cox, a garden designer and part of the team behind a new book, The Gardener's Garden.
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Science shows something surprising about people who love to write
Mic.com
From Sept. 26: No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference.
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Amazon.com announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America
Amazon
From May 22: To kick off the summer reading season, Amazon.com announced its fourth annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2013 to April 2014, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.
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