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10 reasons Amazon Kindle Fire is poised to reshape tablet market
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With the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire only a few weeks away, just about everyone is speculating on how it might affect the tablet business. For its part, Amazon believes that it should be able to secure a sizable portion of the tablet space with its device and, thus, put some real pressure on the leader in the market, Apple. Chances are that Amazon might be right. More

Working The Web training guide on public speaking
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Public speaking is a fantastic way for authors to connect with their current (and soon to be) readers. These engagements offer an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships in a personal and real way. These relationships sell books and are the foundation for a powerful support network. More

Adult hardcover, paperback sales down 18 percent this year
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According to the Association of American Publishers net sales revenue report, adult hardcover sales decreased 11 percent in August and adult paperback sales dipped nearly six percent. Both categories have seen 18 percent declines this year. Nevertheless, the AAP stayed positive about e-book sales. More

IGCs Discover New Gold Rush!
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Publishers find more uses for QR codes
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Quick Response, or QR, codes, those black-and-white pixel squares that function as super charged consumer bar codes, are on advertisements, websites and anything else at which you can point a QR reader. While publishers have been putting QR codes on jacket covers for several years, they have been slow to integrate them into the text, but that is starting to change. More

Secrets to increase website traffic
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With print advertising on the decline, publishers are looking more and more to online advertising to make up for lost revenue. But before they can charge premium prices for online advertising, they need to show that their website can drive traffic. By exploring areas such as search engine optimization, social media and quick response codes, newspapers are finding ways to attract more readers and advertisers to their sites. More

Orange Blaze - Hybrid Pepper

Colored peppers are often hard to grow. It can take all season to finally get your green pepper to change color. Typical varieties often produce fruit that is much larger than desired. Orange Blaze solves both problems. This All-American Selections winner produces smaller 2 and 3 lobed fruit that turn orange in a blaze. more

GWA accepting entries for 2012 Garden Media Awards judging
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The Garden Writers Association will be awarding the prestigious GWA Garden Media Awards to the top professional communicators of 2011. Don't miss this opportunity to receive the recognition your work deserves! All eligible entries for the 2012 Garden Media Awards Program must focus on gardening and may be submitted by individuals or publishers that are GWA members or non-members. More

What children demand in a novel
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Sometimes, you find yourself part of a trend accidentally: Some old, beloved jacket in your closet becomes fashionable, or your private, favorite novel is discovered by the world. Having written four books of fiction for adults, author Maile Meloy wrote a novel for children, and looked up from the first draft to find that other writers were doing the same thing — and adults were reading the books. More

Mark the Date!

The talk of the industry, The IGC Show continues on into its record 6th year! Make your plans now. August 21-23, 2012.

2011 Symposium presentations, handouts and audio files
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GWA's Annual Symposium speaker presentations, handouts and audio recordings are available below. Free session materials are shown under each session description. To purchase audio recordings of each presentation for just $5 each (limited time offer), please click on the shopping cart icon located beneath each session description and click the Paypal logo to complete your shopping process. More

When do I get paid?
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Publishers pay quarterly. That means you will get a check every three months when your book sells. If you indie-publish, you will be at the mercy of the places you sell your books. For example, Createspace pays monthly after the books sells. That means that books you sell in February will show up in your bank account at the end of April, and only if your total is more than $20. More

What is the most popular genus of all ornamental grasses?

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WSJ to run e-book bestseller lists powered by Nielsen BookScan
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With e-books now making up about 20 percent of sales for many big publishers, it's essential for bestseller lists to include them in order to give an accurate picture of what is selling. The Wall Street Journal is starting to run e-book bestseller lists, following a move by the New York Times earlier this year and USA Today in 2009. More

Has Hyperink got a deal for you!
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San Francisco-based Hyperink, a self-publishing company, is capturing the attention of wannabe authors. It's also got the attention of Lerer Ventures, a seed stage venture capital fund founded by Kenneth Lerer, the chairman and co-founder of The Huffington Post. The startup aims to publish books about obscure and niche-specific topics, like "How to Start a Mommy Blog" and "How to Barefoot Run," based on popular searches on Google. More

How to improve your researching skills and write accurately
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In most cases, a work of nonfiction requires some amount of research and interviewing. Whether or not you're already an expert on your topic, it's vital that you do all the necessary work to get accurate information. Even though research is essential, it doesn't have to consume all of your time — in fact, it shouldn't. Make sure you leave time to actually write. Take your researching and interviewing seriously, but also enjoy it. More

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The bogeyman and the axe murderer
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A lot of conversation in and about the publishing world is fixated on fear of Amazon's purported potential monopoly power — on the possibility that Amazon will eventually enjoy such market dominance as a publisher that it will abuse its position and begin to punish authors, perhaps with extremely low royalties. Which leads to a question: Why all the fear about what Amazon might do in the future, when legacy publishers are doing those fearful things right now? More

Catastrophic drought in Texas causes global economic ripples
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The drought map created by University College London shows a number of worryingly dry areas around the globe, in places including East Africa, Canada, France and Britain. But the largest area of catastrophic drought centers on Texas. It is an angry red swath on the map, signifying what has been the driest year in the state's history. It has brought immense hardship to farmers and ranchers, and fed incessant wildfires, as well as an enormous dust storm that blew through the western Texas city of Lubbock in the past month. More

The deep impact of losing experienced immigrant workers
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VideoBriefFor retail, landscape, nursery and greenhouse growers, the industry cannot function without a reliable source of labor. Whether or not businesses rely on immigrant labor, its vendors or customers certainly do. Immigration enforcement is targeting current employees. Department of Labor is dismantling legal guest worker programs. Where will tomorrow's nursery, landscape and greenhouse labor come from? More


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