GWA News Clippings
Dec. 11, 2014

London approves $275 million Garden Bridge inspired by scene in 'Titanic'
London is one step closer to one of its most ambitious landmarks yet. City authorities have approved the construction of a $275 million plant-covered Garden Bridge across the Thames River (From South Bank to Temple stations), complete with "Titanic"-inspired viewing points. The Westminster City Council voted 3-to-1 to grant planning permission, giving the project the final OK it required to move forward.More

Jan. 14-15 in Baltimore
Join fellow GWA members for an hour of social mixology after the close of the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show. The show is the horticultural "Masterpiece of Trade Shows!" Use the GWA Connect in the newly renovated grand lobby of the Lord Baltimore Hotel to plan strategies for covering the trade show, organize dinner plans, exchange business cards, and discuss what's hot and who's new!More

Feb. 6: GWA Boston meeting
Everyone is invited to join Region I at New England GROWS in Boston on Feb. 6, 2015. In addition to a workshop on Take your Presentation Skills to the Next Level presented by C.L. Fornari, you will receive free registration to New England GROWS! More

Year-end giving
The U.S. Government encourages public support of charitable groups by allowing tax deductions for gifts to 501(c)(3) organizations like the GWA Foundation. Plant A Row for the Hungry is keeping gardening in the public eye as one of the many ways we encourage the public to consider starting, continuing or expanding their gardening activities. If you are considering a tax-deductible year-end donation to a good cause, please consider supporting the GWA Foundation. Don’t forget you can also donate "In Honor of" or as a memorial to a friend or colleague. Visit the GWAF webpage for more information, but Dec. 31 is the deadline for tax deductible gifts this year.More

Job opening: Backyard Food Production, Inc. seeking editor
Backyard Food Production, Inc. is looking for a dynamic A+ player to join our crew as we create the most useful, simple, and fun resource on the web for producing, preparing, and preserving your own food and medicine.More

After settling with Amazon, Hachette experiments with Twitter for book sales
Want to buy Amanda Palmer's "The Art of Asking" as a gift this holiday season? It'll be as easy as reading her tweets. Hachette will start selling a handful of books on Twitter through a partnership with Gumroad, an online marketplace that handles payment processing for creative work. During set promotional periods, tweets from Palmer, Canadian ex-astronaut Chris Hadfield and The Onion will each have a "buy" button included that users can click to purchase a copy of their latest book. More

What the book industry learned in 2014
The Bookseller
The discovery of talent via YouTube, a resurgence at Waterstones, the long-running Amazon/Hachette terms dispute and the thinning out of independent publisher numbers were among the significant developments in 2014, according to prominent figures in the industry. CEOs from across the trade have given their thoughts on the year to The Bookseller. More

Making Christmas presents from the garden
The Guardian
I love receiving homemade presents from friends and family at Christmas. I'd be hard pushed to buy socks as comfy, warm, or great for gardening in as those knitted each year by my mother-in-law. But I prefer to take inspiration (and materials) from the garden to rustle up a few make-your-own goodies for the festive season. Here are a few ideas to get you started. More

Twitter has made the 24-hour news cycle into a 2-hour news cycle
The fact that political campaigns use social media to try and influence public opinion isn't new: the "spin cycle" is no longer something that involves private calls to a few grizzled newspaper columnists or TV commentators — instead, there are teams of social-networking staffers working the spin on every conceivable platform. But we rarely get a glimpse inside these "war rooms" until long after the campaign is over. More

Ongoing paid writing assignments
Writer's Digest
Imagine having a paid writing assignment you can count on ... Every month ... or even every week! It's possible, if you write on retainer — which basically means a company hires you (and usually pays you a monthly flat fee in advance) to ensure you'll write for them on a regular basis. More

Tax strategy 101 for indie authors
Publishers Weekly
Books aren't the only thing self-published writers can write. Everything from printer paper to paper clips is a potential tax write-off. The trick is staying on top of expenses and knowing where to draw the line. In the words of Peter Frank, a partner at CPA firm Cornick, Garber & Sandler, LLP in NYC: "Just because you had a good time doesn't mean it's not deductible." More

Amazon Publishing boss departs a year into the job
Seattle Times
A little more than a year after taking the helm of Amazon Publishing, Daphne Durham is leaving the company. Amazon confirmed Durham's departure, which was first reported by Publishers Weekly. The company declined to make Durham or Mikyla Bruder, who will assume most of Durham's responsibilities, available for comment. More