GWA News Clippings
Aug. 17, 2012

How algorithmically created content will transform publishing
From Dan Woods: A recent conversation with Fred Zimmerman, a longtime friend and publishing entrepreneur, woke me up to the fact that the a part of the publishing industry that has long resisted technology may finally be ripe for transformation. The key question is: Does algorithmic content creation that uses machine learning and automation have a role to play in content creation?More

Need help with writer's legal issues?
GWA provides free legal consultations on writers' issues as part of your membership. From contract review to billing disputes and copyright advice, GWA Legal Council can help you decides what your options are for many issues.More

Amazon addresses security exploit after journalist hack
When tech reporters get hacked, it seems like tech companies pay attention. Wired reporter Mat Honan's entire online life was compromised by a hacker named Phobia. Phobia used Honan's AppleCare and Amazon IDs, along with his billing address and last four digits of his credit card to get into his various online accounts. More

Need new ideas as a garden communicator?
Refresh your thinking about your business by reviewing the audio recording of past symposium panels on a variety of topics.More

Google can appeal class certification in Books case
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit allowed Google to appeal a May ruling that let the Authors Guild go forward with a copyright class action over Google's unauthorized book scanning. The significance of the 2nd Circuit's order is that the current proceedings, which have been heating up, will likely be suspended while the appeals court decides whether the class action should have been allowed to go ahead in the first place.More

Back to school. Student grants available.
The GWA Foundation has committed funding to provide financial assistance to deserving students for the SPRING TERM 2013. If you know a student or school program that would benefit by receiving a grant, send them to ...More

Argentina's new literary tradition: Pensions for aging writers
The New York Times
It is not enough for Buenos Aires to boast cavernous bookstores that stay open past midnight, broad avenues once roamed by literary giants like Jorge Luis Borges, cafes serving copious amounts of beef and red wine, or even a bizarre neo-Gothic skyscraper, the Palacio Barolo, inspired by Dante's "Divine Comedy." Now, writers have yet another reason to live here: pensions. More

Book a room for the symposium while they last
The deadline for booking a room for the GWA Symposium in Tucson is Sept. 10 or when rooms are sold out, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. Book your room today.More

A bundling experiment
At the beginning of July, Osprey imprint Angry Robot launched a bundling experiment, Clonefiles, through the independent bookshop Mostly Books. The scheme offered the digital version of Angry Robot novels free to customers when they bought the physical paperback. Two weeks later, Osprey chief executive Rebecca Smart told The Bookseller, that the initiative had tripled sales of the publisher's titles at the trial store. More

How newspapers can survive the Internet
Market Watch
The availability of free news online has hurt traditional media in general, but particularly the print industry, where steadily shrinking subscription rates produced a decade of incessant layoffs, pay cuts, downsizings, mergers and closures. As publishers and journalists throughout the world seek salvation, a severely ill Israeli daily may be about to unwittingly launch a simple model for national newspapers' survival. More

Actually, the worst word on the planet is 'actually'
The Atlantic Wire
There is a very important question being tackled again by certain smart people of the Internet, and that question is this: What, exactly, is the worst word on the entire planet? Any time this question or one like it is broached, an opened floodgate of response is ensured, likely to include words like moist, fecund, phlegm, artisanal, or if you work at The New Yorker, slacks. More

10 things people love and hate about Pinterest
The Pinterest frenzy may have cooled, but millions of people are still buzzing about social media's overnight sensation. Once the network reached 10 million users in February (in record time, we might add), buzz peaked with 119,000 social mentions, an increase of 373 percent over two months. But a rush of new users meant Pinterest was under a microscope. More

Publishers make poor poker players
Digital Book World
When you look at how most publishers market their books, they seem to miss an important point. You rarely see promotional language that actually tells the reader what's in it for them. Instead, most books are marketed using boring, generic text that merely describes the book's topic, plot or genre.More

12 cliches all writers should avoid
Writer's Digest
From Brian A. Klems: Cliches drive me bonkers, especially when it comes to writing. They are boring and abused and about as fun to read as the instruction manual of a Dustbuster. Writing is supposed to be a creative process, and there's nothing creative in rehashing some trite phrase that is so old it was probably used by Moses as he parted the Red Sea.More