GWA News Clippings
Apr. 11, 2013

Cast your vote for Proposed Bylaw Amendment
In order to balance regions and strengthen regional programs, the Board of Directors offers a proposed bylaw amendment that will sustain the basic principals of the GWA's regional structure while allowing the Board to maintain as equal a representation of the membership as possible as the member populations change geographically over time. To view the proposed bylaw amendment in its entirety and cast your vote, visit: More

February Q&T now available for download
Download the latest version of Quill and Trowel newsletter to get information on the latest news on writers' rights and intellectual property protections, updates on current events in your region and new opportunities for garden writers. More

April 17 — Early Registration Deadline for Sustainable SITES & Washington Highlights
Four stops, three tours, 200 years in the making, and one outstanding GWA meeting to experience it all! From American University and its William McDonough "Cradle to Cradle" sustainability initiative past Frederick Law Olmsted's iconic design of the Capitol grounds to Beatrix Farrand's historic design for Dumbarton Oaks, registrants to this day's meeting will get a view to gardening in the nation's capital that few have experienced.More

Check out the jobs posted on GWA
Looking for work? Check out the jobs posted on the GWA page to see if there is an opening that's a fit for you!More

Making travel plans for Québec City? Check out the program schedule
A program schedule for the 2013 GWA Annual Symposium in Québec City is now available on the GWA website. This schedule gives a general outline of the symposium's events and allows you to go ahead and start planning for the trip. Please note, the preliminary program subject to change.More

May 23-24 — Hostas, Blooms & Research, Oh MY! Hosted by Region III
Enjoy late spring in the Wooster and Mansfield, Ohio-areas on May 23-24, hosted by Region III. Tour Kingwood Center, Wade & Gatton Nurseries, Secrest Arboretum, and The Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center while networking with fellow attendees. Register today:More

GWAF Joins in Fort Worth Garden Dedication Tomorrow
Join Mayor Betsy Price, Garden Writers Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, ScottsMiracle-Gro, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, and other national partners* for the dedication and expansion of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Children's Vegetable Garden.More

Blogger fined $2.5 million — NOT a journalist
In a case that's sending a frightening message to the blogger community, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that a blogger must pay $2.5 million to an investment firm she wrote about — because she isn't a real journalist.More

Court says no to clipping articles as fair use
The term "fair use" gets thrown around a lot in copyright cases, and it refers to an exception to copyright law that allows for the publication of portions or derivations of a copyrighted work — without the permission of the original creator. On the web, fair use has been used to defend aggregators such as Google News, since they take portions of articles to create a service.More

The slow death of the American author
The New York Times
Last month, the Supreme Court decided to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works, which are often cheaper than domestic editions. Until now, courts have forbidden such activity as a violation of copyright. Not only does this ruling open the gates to a surge in cheap imports, but since they will be sold in a secondary market, authors won't get royalties.More

Make more time for your writing
Writer's Digest
It's a common lament: I could finish my novel, if only I had more hours in the day! In fact, the universal chorus of complaint from writers of all stripes seems to be "not enough time." In this excerpt from The Productive Writer by Sage Cohen, you'll learn how your relationship with time is moving you forward ... or holding you back.More

The view of e-books from the inside
The New York Times
Technology companies will occasionally acknowledge they were wrong — just last week Apple had to apologize to its Chinese customers — but you hardly ever hear them express doubt about the glorious future they are building for us all. So it is refreshing to see Jason Merkoski, a leader of the team that built Amazon's first Kindle, dispense with the usual techo-utopianism and say, "I think we've made a proverbial pact with the devil in digitizing our words."More

Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers
Contrary to recent reports, I am not the story of self-publishing. The story of self-publishing is Jan Strnad, a 62-year-old educator hoping to retire in four years. To do so is going to require supplemental income, which he is currently earning from his self-published novels. In 2012, Jan made $11,406.31 from his work. That's more than double what he made from the same book in the six months it was available from Kensington, a major publisher.More

Book experts weigh in on the publishing industry's revolution
The Washington Post
Revolutions in the book business make headlines day after day. Two years ago, Borders filed for bankruptcy; Amazon, the bane of bookstores, has become a formidable publisher, as well; and, among other upheavals, a dispute over financial terms between Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster has led the retailer to cut back on orders from the publisher. What does all this mean for the people who work in the industry, from authors to literary agents, publishers and librarians?More

10 ways self-publishing has changed the books world
The Guardian
After a boom year in self-publishing, the headlines are getting a little predictable. Most feature a doughty author who quickly builds demand for her work and is rewarded with a large contract from the traditional industry. But in our rush to admire, there's a risk we overlook the wider cultural significance of what is going on. As publishers from all over the world prepare for next week's London book fair, here are 10 changes that they ignore at their peril.More

B&N launches Nook Press — A new way to make and sell e-books
The Digital Reader
When Barnes & Noble launched the self-pub service Pubit in 2010, they were playing catch up to the larger and more successful Amazon KDP. Sure, Pubit accepted Epub and converted from Doc and RTF files, but it was also a distinctly second place service with some users reporting that it was clunky and awkward to use. Today that changes. Barnes & Noble has just announced the launch of Nook Press, and for once they've stolen a march on Amazon. More

Burning question: Does reading in dim light hurt your eyes?
The Wall Street Journal
Mom always told us we'd go blind if we read in the dark. Does science back her up? Jim Sheedy, a doctor of vision science and director of the Vision Performance Institute at Oregon's Pacific University, sets his sights on the truth. Turns out, our parents were wrong. "There is no reason to believe nor evidence to support that any long-term damage to the eyes or change in the physiology to the eyes can be caused by reading in the dark," Sheedy says.More

Are hashtags useful?
Of all of the techniques, strategies, flotsam and jetsam to spawn from social media since its meteoric rise in the mid-2000's, there may be nothing as polarizing as the hashtag. Some users utilize hashtags any chance that they get, others see them as an aesthetic and textual nuisance.More

7 publishing tips
James H. Duncan blog
I recently attended Writer's Digest Conference East in New York City — my first writing conference in almost seven years — and aside from the standard (though invaluable) advice on craft, career, and publishing options for writers, I picked up these seven tidbits of info that I found especially fascinating. You might, too, so enjoy!More