GWA News Clippings
Sept. 7, 2011

Should you quit your day job to write?
Writers Digest
Is it feasible to quit your day job and make writing a full-time career? There's no easy answer, because everyone's situation, desires and goals are different. Some folks have a mindset for writing 70 hours a week and trying to sell. Others prefer to have the security of weekly paycheck. And some actually like to sleep from time to time.More

Amazon's @author connects readers to authors on Twitter
Amazon has announced the limited beta launch of its @author program, which lets you pose questions to authors through your Kindle device and Amazon Author Pages. Sixteen authors are participating in the beta, including Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, and John Locke, the first independent author to sell 1 million e-books on Amazon.More

Meet your new GWA Board of Directors
Visit the GWA website to see who the new Board of Directors are for 2012.More

Does an author need a thick skin?
A Newbie's Guide to Publishing (blog)
One of the greatest skills you can acquire as an author is a thick skin. Once you unleash a story onto the world, it no longer belongs to you. When it was in your head, and on your computer during the writing/rewriting process, it was a personal, private thing. But the moment your words go out into the world, they are subject to the opinion of strangers. What was once personal is now public.More

Region V adds optional tour on Oct. 15 — sign-up deadline is Sept. 15
St. Louis Blooming Optional Post-Meeting Tour with the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. Extend your stay with post-meeting tours to the Bellefontaine Cemetery, Bell Demonstration Garden, Schlafly Bottleworks, The Jewel Box, St. Louis Children's Hospital Rooftop Garden and Bowood Farms.More

Report: Amazon Kindle tablet is the real deal
Paid Content
The Amazon tablet that has been the subject of so much speculation has just taken one leap closer to reality: a report just out gives us the first full-scale rundown of how it looks, what it does, what it costs ($250) and when it might finally start to get sold (November). More

GWA Garden Media Award winners announced
Congratulations to our 2011 Gold Award winners for the top honors for published works in best of category for talent and products. Visit the GWA website to see who won.More

The future of literature
During the last 25 years, the media and entertainment industries have been expanding at a formidable rate. As a result — one form of entertainment is increasingly overlooked: our once treasured books are left to gather dust as shelves are cleared for DVDs, CDs and other new forms of "literature." Reading an old fashioned novel seems to be dying out, with people increasingly too busy or too stressed to sit down and actually read. More

What if everyone on Twitter read the same book?
Social activity around books and reading used to be limited to Oprah-style book clubs or the occasional reading by an author, but social tools like Twitter and Facebook have amplified and extended the ability to discuss and recommend books in new directions. Now Jeff Howe, the author and journalism professor who coined the term "crowdsourcing," wants to take that a step further and use Twitter to create the world's largest virtual book-reading club. More

Top 8 cover design tips for self-publishers
The Book Designer
We've all seen them. The train wrecks. The art class projects. The cringe-inducing artwork. It's the world of do-it-yourself book cover design. Somewhere between the quirky "cover design generators" on author-service company websites, and the All-American view that everyone should get a ribbon because, after all, they participated, the cover design is suffering at the hands of self-publishers.More

Consumer spending on food gardening remains strong
Green Profit
Consumers spent nearly $3 billion on food gardening in 2010. That's a lot of tomatoes, right? And this is the second year in a row that expenditures have nearly hit that number. The edibles category has come a long, long way.More

Newspapers have had 20 consecutive quarters of ad declines
Paid Content
Combined online and print newspaper ad revenues fell 6.9 percent to $5.9 billion in the second quarter, marking the 20th consecutive decline for the industry, according to the latest figures from the Newspaper Association of America. The consecutive decreases began in the third quarter of 2006, when combined print and online ad dollars declined a mere 1.5 percent to $11.7 billion. Since that point, newspaper ad dollars have fallen 48.8 percent.More

Storm to affect peat supply, pricing
Greenhouse Grower
Jeff Bishop was hoping September would be a dry month in Canada so peat producers could resume harvesting. But after Tropical Storm Irene rolled through, leaving eight to 10 inches of rain in parts of Quebec, Bishop says the peat harvesting season is essentially done for producers in Eastern Canada.More