GWA News Clippings
Apr. 25, 2013

May 1 — Early registration ends for Hostas, Blooms & Research, Oh MY!
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

June 28 — It's a Visual World: Photography and Marketing Workshop
Whether you write books, articles and blogs, or you speak to live audiences, you are called upon to be a photographer as well. Photographs are no longer used just to illustrate a story; they often generate the narrative and greatly assist in marketing your expertise. Marketing your expertise is a key component in your success as a garden communicator no matter the media in which you work.More

May 9 Deadline — Voting still open for by-law 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

Booking your travel for the 65th Annual Symposium?
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 is subject to change. Registration will begin in a few weeks.More

Publicize Your Work at the 2013 GWA Symposium
The GWA book fair is an opportunity for members to display their works to other members for book and product reviews. Each participating author who registers is entitled to one-half of a 3-foot-by-6-foot table space to display his/her work. The book fair will be open during all exhibit hours. Space is limited, so book fair participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.More

Quebec City exhibitor list grows
See the new exhibitors that have great products and services to show GWA members in Quebec City, Canada. The purpose of the exhibit is to provide a forum to exchange information between lawn and garden product manufacturers and North America's premier garden communicators. The exhibition is in conjunction with the 65th GWA Annual Symposium to be held Aug. 16-19. More

The Wendell Berry sentence that inspired Michael Pollan's food obsession
The Atlantic
Perhaps more than any living writer, Michael Pollan has convinced America that food is a story — and that there's pleasure, health and good conscience in untangling farm-to-fork narratives. For many, books like The Omnivore's Dilemma have been a gateway to more mindful eating, a path to heightened curiosity about farming and the natural world, a road to the conviction that we really are what we eat. But what got Michael Pollan thinking about food?More

Stormwriting: What it is and why you should try it
Writer's Digest
Too often we get stuck in a rigid idea of what a brainstorm is supposed to be. We figure we're supposed to go fast, so we're supposed to write only ideas. Single words, little phrases, just get the gist of the idea down and move on to the next. We're supposed to "think laterally," but lateral all too often winds up being shallow, a few interesting thoughts but no depth. There is a better way.More

The writer's technique in 13 theses
Brain Pickings
"Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open," Stephen King advised. "Do back exercises," Margaret Atwood suggested. "Know everything about adjectives and punctuation, have moral intelligence," Susan Sontag counseled. Each accomplished author seems to have a different secret to the craft of writing, but some of the most enduring advice comes from legendary German literary critic, philosopher and essayist Walter Benjamin. More

Next-generation e-books introduced at London Book Fair
The Guardian
Fiction edged its way closer to a digital incarnation with the publication this week of an interactive visual version of John Buchan's classic thriller, The Thirty-Nine Steps. Publisher Faber&Faber announced that it had up with two software publishers and a developer, The Story Mechanics, to create a "fully playable, fully immersive product" which it believes breaks new ground in digital reading.More

Defining the new role for literary agents
Publishers Weekly
The specific question at a late day panel at the London Book Fair was not about whether literary agents matter, but about their future. Hosted in the LBF AuthorLounge curated by Authoright, and filled with a crowd of what looked to be predominantly self-published authors, panelist-agents Andrew Lownie (who has an eponymous firm), and Hellie Ogden (who just joined Janklow & Nesbit in the U.K.) discussed what they see as the new role of today's book agents.More

How important is e-book cover art in 2013?
Good Reader
Traditional print book covers draw many parallels with billboards and conventional marketing to appeal to casual readers. When you walk into a bookstore and there are thousands of books present, they start to all blur together. Bright colorful images and racy cover art are increasingly becoming more bold to grab people's attention and hopefully prompt an impulse buy. When indie authors self-publish and release digital firsts, how important is cover art? More

Self-publishing is for control freaks
Holly Ward is the third self-published author to hit No. 1 on the DBW Ebook Best-Seller list in 2013, an incredible achievement considering that her title, Damaged, is up against big books from major publishers and established authors. For instance, the No. 3 book this week is the new Nora Roberts title from Penguin, Whiskey Beach. It's a book that in years past would be almost guaranteed to shoot to No. 1 in its debut week.More

Mobile phones deliver millions of e-books to developing world
Innovation in the mobile phone space, for many of us, means the latest smartphone or tablet from Apple or Samsung. But for millions of people in the developing world, simpler developments for feature phones — the type you probably haven't used in half a decade — can be an education game changer and a tool for empowerment. Non-profit Worldreader has brought more than half a million e-books to children in Africa via the 10,000 Kindles it's distributed. More