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Half of self-published authors earn less than $500
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Despite the splash caused by self-publishing superstars such as Amanda Hocking and EL James, the average amount earned by DIY authors last year was just $10,000 — and half made less than $500. With Hocking raking in sales of $2.5 million, Fifty Shades of Grey's James signing up to a mainstream press for a six-figure advance and a slew of deals for other self-published successes, the sector is starting to look like a gold mine for would-be authors. More

2012 Silver Award recipients announced
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For more than 25 years, the GWA has conducted an annual awards program for talent and products published or aired in the field of garden communications. The purpose of the program is to provide recognition for the vast talents of the GWA membership and showcase the many exceptional works created and/or published every year. See our 2012 Silver Award recipients at ... More

Best-selling author has harsh words for Amazon
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Richard Russo thinks Amazon's business practices are "unfair." The best-selling author of Empire Falls and other titles called Amazon's business practices "predatory" and "unfair" at the PaidContent 2012 conference in New York City. Russo spoke of his daughter, Emily, who owns an independent book shop that is under pressure because of Amazon, according to Russo. More

DK is the growing authority

Turn to DK for authoritative, step-by-step guides to growing flowers, herbs, and fruits and vegetables—in your house, on a terrace, or in a garden. You’ll find practical techniques, inspirational ideas, and problem-solving advice—all beautifully illustrated—in books designed for both beginner and more experienced gardeners. MORE

English Gardens and Organic Practices in Litchfield County
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Join GWA Region I members for our meeting at Bellamy-Ferriday House & Cynthia Rabinowitz Permaculture Gardens, Bethlehem, Conn., and Hollister House and Brush Hills Gardens in Washington, Conn., on June 22. Registration deadline is June 15. More

6 ways copyeditors make your book better
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If you really want to be taken seriously as a writer, stop and listen to that little nagging voice in your head that keeps saying, "Shouldn't you be running the manuscript past an experienced professional copyeditor before you send it out?" Just think — in the twinkling of a well-trained eye, a topnotch editor could burnish your precious prose so it sparkles in the sunlight. More

AzaMax is a concentrated all natural broad spectrum pest control, antifeedant and insect growth regulator, controls pests through starvation and growth disruption for a broad variety of plant applications. Effectively controls spider mites, thrips, fungus gnats, aphids, whiteflies, leaf miners, worms, beetles, leafhoppers, scales, mealy bugs, nematodes and other soil borne pests. Can be applied up to the time or day of harvest. more

GRO1000 ends year with Cleveland Urban Ag Zone
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Garden Writers Association and Plant A Row for the Hungry joined with The City of Cleveland, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the GRO1000 partners in the dedication of the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone's new gateway park. The installation of the new gateway park, which serves as the official entrance to the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, is part of the nationwide GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program. More

Get over it, haters — apps really are the future
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There has been a growing revolt in the publishing community against the idea that iPhone and iPad apps are the best route to digital dollars. The Financial Times shuttered its apps this month, while a popular essay by another publisher lamented that apps were a "collective delusion" and an expensive failure. That's bunk, according to Wired publisher Howard Mittman. More

Update Your Authors Coalition Data
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The Garden Writers Association works with other groups as part of the Authors Coalition to distribute non-title-specific royalties from photocopies made outside the U.S. GWA's share of these funds for the coming year will be determined by our members' response to our AC genre survey. If you have not completed a genre survey this year, please visit ... More

Casa Flora Inc.
Casa Flora’s vast geographical representation ensures dependable product, consistent supply, and cost-efficient selections. Our corporate office, production greenhouses and a new state of the art laboratory are located in Dallas, TX. Since 2010, our new tissue culture laboratory and greenhouses in China have been supplying the Chinese market while producing Heuchera for Casa Flora in the US. more

The most comma mistakes
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From Ben Yagoda: As I noted in my earlier article, rules and conventions about when to use and not to use commas are legion. But certain errors keep popping up. Here are a few of them. More

Can 'big data' fix book marketing?
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Thanks to a new generation of software and computing tools, in the future, book marketing will be determined by data rather than by intuition. If you're a publishing executive and you haven't been reading about Big Data, then you soon will be. Big Data is just what it sounds like — data collections of such enormous size they are awkward, expensive and impossible to process with conventional computing. More

Top 50-plus creative writing professors on Twitter
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Writers love Twitter. The reason? They work in solitary confinement — a short distance from the fridge and coffeemaker and often with a dog or cat or two to keep them company while they stare at a screen. Twitter is the water cooler, the cocktail party, the cafe. So when writers need a break and want to talk about books and other things literary, many turn to Twitter. More

Organic Preen Garden Weed Preventer

Now there's an organic pre-emergent perfect for vegetable gardens. Organic Preen is made of 100% corn gluten formed into granules for easy application. Research at Iowa State University found that corn gluten has properties that prevent seeds from germinating for up to four weeks, making it an effective organic pre-emergent. MORE

Are you a narcissist? Use Twitter and Facebook to find out
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A study released last month breaks down patterns on how narcissists use social networks and finds differences in patterns on Facebook when compared with those on Twitter. An individual's level of narcissism is displayed not in how many Twitter followers they have, but is more closely correlated to how many Tweets they send about themselves, according to a study by Bruce C. McKinney, Lynne Kelly, & Robert L. Duran in the spring issue of Communications Research Reports, an academic journal. More

Michelle Obama reveals how her White House garden grows
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Every so often, a flash of Michelle Obama's humor comes through in her otherwise serious book about the White House garden and her campaign against childhood obesity, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America." Obama will be making television appearances this week to promote the book. More

Going 'native' in Texas with less water
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Landscape worker Janna George sweats in the midday sun as she thrusts her shovel into the ground. She's trying to get up all the grass in the backyard of a South Austin home. As anyone who's dug into the Central Texas ground and come out with a rock-dented shovel knows, there's little dirt to dig into. So for the needs of her job, she says, she has to salvage as much precious soil as possible. More


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