GWA News Clippings
Mar. 13, 2015

Noise and distraction may hold untapped creativity
Medical Daily
Noise may be an untapped source of creativity, a new study from Northwestern University found. The study is actually the first to provide physiological evidence that creativity may be associated with a "reduced ability to filter 'irrelevant' sensory information." This essentially refers to the fact some individuals struggle to filter out the noise and distraction they're constantly bombarded with.More

GWA Member Directory profile info updates due by March 15
Please log in to update your profile for this year's directory. In support of GWA's continuing efforts in sustainability, the 2015-16 Directory will be available both in printed and electronic formats. The file will be available online in the Members Area in a read-only Adobe PDF format. If you wish to support our sustainability efforts, you can log in to the GWA and opt out of receiving the printed version of this year's directory. More

GWA regional meeting in Charleston, SC — registration ends March 20
Join fellow garden writers in March on a first-ever GWA tour of two of the oldest and most famous gardens in America — Magnolia Plantation and Middleton Place, both in Charleston, S.C. This special opportunity is timed to be at the height of the seasonal bloom of azaleas and camellias on two plantations with huge collections. More

Deadline extended — GWA Media Awards submissions due by March 31
GWA — the association of garden communicators — is pleased to continue its latest modernization of the Garden Media Awards program using an online entry and judging process. GWA will be awarding the prestigious GWA Garden Media Awards to the top professional communicators in the lawn and garden genre for 2014. More

Early discount rate for exhibit booths ends May 1
Prime booth spots are still available for GWA's Garden Product Information Exhibit. See who has already committed to show their latest information, products and/or services at the 67th GWA Symposium in Pasadena, California, for the greatest gathering of garden communicators in 2015.More

GWA to promote members at Cultivate'15
The GWA Association Outreach Task Force, charged with expanding awareness of our members to various industry associations, has again planned for GWA to have a major presence at the horticulture industry's largest trade show, Cultivate'15, following the success of the 2014 event. More

See GWAF scholarship recipients for Spring 2015
The Garden Writers Association Foundation Scholarship Committee recently announced recipients of the 2015 Student Scholarship Grants in Gardening Communications and the Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship. The foundation's mission is to encourage students who major in horticulture, plant science or journalism to develop their skills with further education toward a career in home garden media communications. See the bright young students who represent the future of gardening communications.More

One big way that book publishing startups can succeed now
It's been more than seven years since the introduction of the first Kindle. E-books market share seems to be stabilizing at around one third of total books sold in the U.S. according to the latest reports. But e-books are just the beginning — the detonator, in a way, of a decade-long disruption of the traditional publishing landscape. More

In your garden, choose plants that help the environment
The New York Times
I grew up thinking little of plants. I was interested in snakes and turtles, then insects and, eventually, birds. Now I like plants. But I still like the life they create even more. Plants are as close to biological miracles as a scientist could dare admit. After all, they allow us, and nearly every other species, to eat sunlight, by creating the nourishment that drives food webs on this planet.More

Authors 'more committed to agent than publisher'
The Bookseller
Authors are more committed to their agent than to their publisher, according to early results from a survey of traditionally published writers. However, when asked about the possibility of self-publishing, only a minority of authors were excited at the prospect, with the majority (75 percent), either neutral or horrified at the thought of taking control. More

Publishizer is a crowdfunding solution that connects authors with publishers
Tech Crunch
As a seasoned self-published author with an excess of one book under my belt, I've been looking for new and interesting publishing tools for indie writers. Recently I found something called Publishizer, a crowdfunding system just for books. While I'm not entirely convinced it's the way to go for new authors, it does seem like a compact and focused solution for getting your book into the world. More

Amazon's 'write on' crowd-publishing platform opens to all
Tech Crunch
Amazon has a new crowd-publishing platform called Write On, which is a direct competitor to Wattpad, the social network with self-publishing authors offering up their content for free, and working together with the community to incorporate feedback into their ongoing work. The Amazon version launched last October as an invite-only beta, but now it's a full-fledged product available to all, and the beta label is gone.More

65-story, garden-centric condo tower planned for NYC
A tall, slender condo tower designed by Perkins+Will is headed for East 37th Street in New York City. The design for the tower, which is bisected by five open-air gardens, debuted in Cannes, France as part of MIPIM, "an international property event," where it won an award. The developer is the Turkish firm Nef, which is part of Timur Holding, and the building is set to rise 65 stories and more than 700 feet. More

The Writers' Room in Boston is always available for writers to work
The Boston Globe
Up on the fifth floor of a drab building nestled between a Dunkin’ Donuts and a 7-Eleven store on State Street in Boston's Financial District is an office unlike any other. At any time of the day or night on most days of the year, a writer or 10 might be inside working on a magnum opus or a minor work, tucked away among the mid-rises, government buildings, low-rent stores, and Freedom Trail hot spots that crowd the neighborhood. More