GWA News Clippings
Jun. 20, 2014

July 13-15 — Visit the GWA Booth in Columbus
The Association OutReach TF will host a booth at Cultivate '14 in Columbus, Ohio, on July 13-15. For more information and other activity schedules for the show, please review the AOTF report on the website.More

July 14 — Columbus GWA Connect Meeting
GWA Region III will conduct a GWA Connect Meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 14, in room D245 of the Greater Columbus Convention Center following the AmericanHort media luncheon.More

July 15 — SEJ Grant Deadline
The Society of Environmental Journalists offers professional journalists a fifth year of mini-grant opportunities for projects and entrepreneurial ventures related to reporting on the environment. The next deadline for proposals will be Midnight (EDT) on July 15. Decisions are announced approximately 60 days after the deadline. Winning projects receive grants of $350 to $3,500. To learn more about the FEJ grant program, visit ...More

July 24 — Toronto-area GWA Connect meeting
Region VII directors announce a GWA Connect meeting on July 24 at 9:45 a.m. There will be networking time in advance of the Sawaya container trials tour later that morning. The address for the connect meeting is the Tim Hortons at 15 Queensway Dr. E Simcoe, N3Y 4Y2. (Full details of the tour are in Region VII news in the latest Quill & Trowel.) The Tim's is about 10 minutes west of the Trials site. The site is in S.E. Ontario and may be accessible and of interest to some Region I & III members who would be most warmly welcomed.More

Support PAR and get a chance at a prize
Make a donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation & have your name entered to win a laptop computer or a digital SLR camera or an iPad! Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet.More

7 habits of insanely productive freelance writers
Business 2 Community
Maintaining productivity outside of an office environment can be difficult, especially for freelance writers who have no boss but himself or herself. You've got great resources to provide the best possible blogs, articles, and e-books for your clients, but somewhere between the research and the editing, it's easy to lose focus. The result is either a hastily completed project that meets deadlines but not much else, or well-executed content that's a little too late. More

Apple settles e-book antitrust case with US states, others
Apple Inc reached an out-of-court settlement with U.S. states and other complainants in an e-book price-fixing class action lawsuit, effectively avoiding a trial in which the iPad maker faced more than $800 million in claims. U.S. District Judge in Manhattan Denise Cote ordered the parties to submit a filing to seek approval of their settlement within 30 days.More

Book publisher Hachette brings down the ax
Crain's New York Business
Hachette Book Group, publisher of James Patterson and Malcolm Gladwell, has shut down its Business Plus imprint as part of a round of layoffs and restructuring that has also claimed several longtime top editors. The cuts come as the publisher remains locked in what seems destined to be a lengthy battle with Amazon over e-book pricing.More

How much money the biggest publishers actually make
Digital Book World
Over the past 10 years, sales at the largest publishers in the world have leveled as the book industry felt the effects of recession and of the e-book revolution. According to a new analysis from DBW-partner Publishers Lunch, the worldwide revenues of the largest publishers except Macmillan have ranged from about $8.6 billion to $9.7 billion since 2006.More

Self-publishing boom lifts sales by 79 percent in a year in UK
The Guardian
Self-published books' share of the U.K. market grew by 79 percent in 2013, with 18 million self-published books bought by U.K. readers last year, according to new statistics. With print sales falling by 10 percent last year, and book purchasing as a whole down 4 percent, e-book sales continue to grow, according to Nielsen's comprehensive tracking of book purchases, up 20 percent in the U.K. in 2013, with 80 million books bought by U.K. consumers, to a value of £300 million. More

New study finds that the Internet didn't kill newspapers
A new study done by University of Chicago's Booth School of Business professor Matthew Gentzkow finds that the Internet did not kill the newspaper industry. It was cellphones. I jest. Even though it sounds like the (very) first draft of an Onion article, it's apparently real. Here's the deal: we usually say that the internet killed our old business model because of advertising revenue. Gentzkow shows that it's a bit of a fallacy.More

The 7 habits of highly ineffective people
Rusell Blake (blog)
Why do some succeed, but most fail? Is it random chance, or is there more to it? Are there habits that successful people have, that their less successful brethren don't? Sure. There are countless books on the topic. They involve things like being driven, focused, organized, hard working, etc. So that's not what this blog's about. More

A commenting conundrum
Editor & Publisher
From the outside looking in, it may appear to non-newspaper folks that the industry is abandoning some of its principles — free speech, open conversation, introspection, cynicism — by shuttering a feature of online publishing that's been ubiquitous for as long as there have been websites: reader comments. Publishers of all types of content — not just news — are struggling with how to encourage dialogue with the communities they serve, without merely offering a platform for rampant vitriol. More

Why invent new fonts?
The Atlantic
In the design world, fonts are like cars. Type foundries routinely issue new models that range from high performance to overly stylized, from functional to ephemeral, some meant to fulfill professional desires and others meant for personal use. House Industries, one of the leading purveyors of digital fonts in the United States, just released its new "Carnival" font, a narrow slab serif that recalls the wanted posters and playbills of the 19th Century Victorian period. More