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As 2011 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 Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

10 ways writers lose blog traffic, alienate readers
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From Aug. 17, 2011: A blog helps a writer connect with readers and is a wonderful platform to make the writer's voice heard. But it doesn't happen overnight. It takes a lot of work to learn how to keep one's online presence interesting, fresh and inviting. As the Internet is flooded with more and more blogs each day, it's more important than ever for writers to understand strategies that both attract and retain followers. More

8 things readers want from self-published authors
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From May 18, 2011: Last week's post, The "Self-Pub Is Crap" Debate, has probably generated more comments than any other post on this blog in 2011. Reviewing the comments provides an excellent to-do list of how self-published authors can be taken seriously by readers. More

IGCs Discover New Gold Rush!
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6 questions that can help journalists find a focus, tell better stories
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From May 11, 2011: Here are six good questions to ask writers — usually right before they start their reporting, and then right before they sit down to write. Even if you're on deadline, try having a 10-minute conversation guided by these questions. As an editor, the coaching you provide on the front-end can often save you time revising the story after the fact. 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.

The 7 deadly sins of writing
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From July 28, 2011: In a thought-provoking ThrillerFest panel, four popular authors shared what they believe to be the deadly sins of the writing craft. Here are seven of their offerings. Have you committed any of them? More

Poseidon 43 - Hybrid Tomato

What makes a great tomato? In parts of Asia pink tomatoes are are considered the best, as pink tomatoes are typically sweet to the taste with low acid levels. If you are looking for a mild tomato, this pink tomato is sure to please.

5 valuable online communities for freelancers
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May 4, 2011: Many people are exploring the option of freelancing in today's marketplace, whether it's for extra money or more flexible hours. Whatever the motivation, becoming a part-time or full-time freelancer isn't as easy as it seems. More

The seemingly persistent rise of plagiarism
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From Aug. 31, 2011: After encountering widespread plagiarism among her graduate students in psychology, Dora D. Clarke-Pine, an associate professor of psychology and school counseling at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., became convinced that much of it was unintentional. Even though these doctoral students had been warned about the seriousness of copying someone's work without properly citing the source, they seemed not to fully understand what it meant in practice, or had developed sloppy research habits. More

Helichrysum - this bud's for you

With most plants, gardeners eagerly await the opening of the buds into their final, full-flowered form. Not so in the case of Helichrysum whose buds are as attractive and interesting as the flowers they become – perhaps even more so. Part of a series of Helichrysum introduced by Englishman Chris Bowyer, ‘Ruby Cluster’ is an outstanding example of the genus, and garnered Royal Horticulture Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Artists file lawsuits, seeking royalties
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From Nov. 9, 2011: When the taxi baron Robert Scull sold part of his art collection in a 1973 auction that helped inaugurate today's money-soused contemporary-art market, several artists watched the proceedings from a standing-room-only section in the back. There, Robert Rauschenberg saw his 1958 painting "Thaw," originally sold to Scull for $900, bring down the gavel at $85,000. More

8 mistakes that will absolutely kill your book
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From Oct. 26, 2011: The covers we choose for our books are much more significant than many authors think. Some books have finely designed book covers. Others are so bad you would think the author created himself. Now, there's nothing wrong with designing your own cover — if you're actually a cover designer. Otherwise, you should leave it to the pros. More

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The 20 best-read cities in America
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From June 2, 2011: Which cities are America's best-read? There's no need for guess work any longer, now that has compiled all of its book, magazine, and newspaper sales (in both print and Kindle format) since Jan. 1 for U.S cities with populations of more than 100,000 and ranked them according to their per-capita sales. Some of the results (via Mashable) are ho-hum, others more surprising. More

Are you a word nerd? Take this quiz
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From Oct. 26, 2011: Take this five-question quiz and find out how nerdy you are when it comes to your love of the English language. More


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