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'Bill of rights' for writers seeks bigger share of e-book revenue
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The Writers' Union of Canada has released A Writer's Bill of Rights for the Digital Age that addresses challenges writers face as the publishing industry moves to a digital model. Demands in the 12-point document include that "the publisher shall split the net proceeds of e-book sales equally with the author" and "when a book is out of print in print form, continuing sales in electronic form shall not prevent a rights reversion to the author." More

GWA hosts Facebook Pages webinar on Oct. 4
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In the first Facebook Pages webinar, we discussed how to create a compelling page. In Part II, attendees will learn strategies and techniques for promoting their brand via their page. This is an interactive session, so be sure to bring questions. Join us to boost the effectiveness of your online marketing efforts! More

Amazon Kindle tablet could shake up tablet wars: Here's how
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Amazon's unveiling of a Kindle tablet would shake up the industry and pose one of the biggest threats to the Apple iPad — which is why the technology world has its eyes on the online retailer as it prepares for a media gathering in New York. More

Geranium 'Rozanne' puts on her fall colors

A faultless perennial in so many ways, 'Rozanne', which will continue to bloom until hard frost, has the added benefit of abundant foliage that turns red at this time of year. It large, 2-1/2” violet-blue flowers bloom even more profusely in fall’s cooler temperatures, and its changing leaves will add depth to autumn’s rich color palette well into October. From Blooms of Bressingham®.

Registration open for Region VI meeting on Oct. 24
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Learn about an emerging regional resource whose mission is to cultivate, demonstrate and advance systems that support sustainable agriculture; then, hear speakers on writing opportunities in the "green" and sustainable media — and a discussion of new media trends for writers followed by a guided tour of Willows Lodge, the hotel and spa promote sustainable gardening practices through eco-tourism. More

4 years into the e-book revolution: Things we know, things we don't know
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One could say that the e-reading revolution is coming up to its fourth anniversary since it was late November 2007 when Amazon first released the Kindle. Now, less than four years later, we are living in a changed world, although not yet a transformed one. But transformed might be coming very soon. More

Region VI Writers Workshop
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Hone your journalistic and literary "voice" at our Woodinville, Wash., workshop on Oct. 31. More

Caramba - Hybrid Tomato

Ciao from the common Italian salad tomato. Caramba has a vigorous plant with good yield potential and flavor. Caramba produces large sizes and is sure to be a taste of Italy in your own backyard. more

Association of American Publishers supports Banned Books Week
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Book censorship violates First Amendment rights and constrains people's inherent curiosity about the world around them, the Association of American Publishers noted in its support of national Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-Oct. 1). AAP also pointed to the internet and social media as valuable tools to provide readers, particularly parents, with rich information about content. More

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Is blogging dead?
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The blogosphere is glutted. And when it comes to writers blogging, we're a wall-to-wall crowded room of writing advice, writer ramblings, interviews, giveaways and randomness. After a while, click after click begins to blend together and sound the same. More

NYT paywall: 12 percent of subs are international
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Part of the bet that the New York Times Co. made when it began building the metered paywall for the was that the audience was larger than just northern, east coast readers. In a conversation at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference, CEO Janet Robinson said that the company is seeing subscribers from across the nation, and is even getting some international acceptance as well. More

Google+ has 43 million users
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Facebook grabbed most of the headlines last week — but at the same time, behind the scenes, young and scrappy rival social network Google+ was grabbing a record number of new users. According to a post by Paul Allen, co-founder and unofficial Google+ statistician, Google+ is up to an estimated 43.4 million users — and roughly a third of them have been added in the few days since Google+ opened itself to the public. More

Tree Covers? Really!

Home owners in mild climates often have a large investment in their patio trees. Now there’s a new product designed to protect that investment. The Frost Protek Bag XL model fits patio trees up to 6 feet tall, insulating them from frost to 26 degrees F. There’s never been an easier way to ensure citrus or other ornamental trees survive this kind of temperature dip.

Your straightforward guide to publication
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Don't you wish someone could tell you how close you are to getting published? Don't you wish someone could say, "If you just keep at it for three more years, you're certain to make it!" Or, even if it would be heartbreaking, wouldn't it be nice to be told that you're wasting your time, so that you could move on, try another tack, or simply write what brings you personal pleasure, with no other aim in mind? More

Be green? These lawn care companies are
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About a dozen lawn care companies in New York's Capital Region have gotten an organic lawn state "seal of approval" since the program was launched during the summer of 2010, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation. Statewide, the Be Green Organic Yards NY program has signed up 112 businesses so far, said DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino. More

How ESPN, The New York Times build a 'second screen' for readers
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At the Online News Association, Brian Hamman and Tyson Evans of The New York Times and Patrick Stiegman of ESPN hosted a session about how to dominate the "second screen" experience. The second screen is literally what it sounds like — the screen readers look at in addition to the TV. This could be an iPad, a laptop or a phone. More

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