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Speakers Workshop scheduled for Feb. 23 in Allentown
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Talking about gardening is fun but getting paid to talk about gardening is even better. ALL MEMBERS are invited to participate in this workshop to learn many tricks of the professional speaking trade that will guarantee repeat bookings and rave reviews. Learn how to perfect your presentations and better market yourself to broader audiences. Find out how to craft stories that make your points "sticky," add original humor, improve visuals and refine your body language. Discover how to make all your topics resonate with any audience. More

Gardening with vegetables remains top consumer priority
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Over the past three years, the number of households engaged in vegetable and fruit growing has remained fairly constant at 53 percent to 54 percent of households with a yard or garden. In a similar vein, the average claimed expenditures for lawn and garden activities, including plants and maintenance, over the past three years has averaged $576, with a high of $600 and a low of $530. During this time of significant economic change, the public's expenditure on gardening activities has remained fairly constant. More

Region I to meet in Boston at New England Grows on Feb. 8
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New England Grows is offering complimentary admission that has a value of $49 per attendee. All GWA Regional Meeting registrants will be sent a confirmation, AFTER GWA registration is received, from the GWA Office which will include the Priority Promo Code and instructions to sign up FREE for the New England GROWS! show online. More

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GWA Connect meeting in Boston on Feb. 7
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If you're coming to Boston on Thursday evening, Feb. 7, and would like to meet fellow GWA people for drinks/eats/networking, contact C.L. Fornari ( by Friday, Jan. 25. More

Get your passports ready!
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You should consider getting a passport, or renewing your current passport, if you plan to attend the 2013 GWA Annual Symposium in Quebec City, Canada. Don't be caught in a time crunch. For information on passport facts, visit: More

Garden Media Awards submissions delayed to late January
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The GWA Media Awards Task Force has delayed the entry period for Garden Writers Association Media Awards submissions while it reviews and expands program categories and criteria. More

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How to deal with writing critiques: 3 helpful hints
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As writers, we live with our stories and characters for years, even decades — so it is no surprise that when we take those stories out of our heads and put them on the page, our defenses rally to protect them. Hearing critiques becomes an intense and emotional experience. But those protective instincts and heightened emotions could be preventing your story from reaching its full potential. More

How long should you keep trying to get published?
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Don't you wish someone could tell you how close you are to getting traditionally published? Don't you wish someone could say, "If you just keep at it for three more years, you're certain to make it!" Or, even if it would be heartbreaking, wouldn't it be nice to be told that you're wasting your time, so that you can move on, try another tack (like self-publishing), or perhaps even change course entirely to produce some other creative work? More

The daily routines of famous writers
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By Maria Popova: Kurt Vonnegut's recently published daily routine made we wonder how other beloved writers organized their days. So I pored through various old diaries and interviews — many from the fantastic Paris Review archives — and culled a handful of writing routines from some of my favorite authors. Enjoy. More

Publishing without perishing
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In the old days, life for small publishers was a hassle. The economics were such that copies got dramatically cheaper when printed in bulk, but then the books had to be stored, which was expensive. Finding an audience was the hardest part; some independent presses took years or even decades to sell out a modest print run. Now books can be efficiently printed in small quantities, like one copy. More

E-book reading jumps as print declines
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Surging sales of tablet computers are driving a fundamental change in how Americans read books. Twenty-three percent of Americans age 16 and older say they have read an e-book in the last year, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. That's up from 16 percent a year ago. At the same time, the number of those who read a printed book in the last 12 months fell to 67 percent — a decline of five percentage points. More

Why book buying stats might stifle the next great author
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Given the pressure to reduce costs, something had to give in the formerly genteel world of book publishing, and it's not the publishers. Rationalizing with mergers, capitalizing on global fads and making up in digital sales some of what they have lost in print, the big houses are stubbornly resisting their oft-foretold extinction. The true dinosaurs of the new age are authors. More

Libraries starting to emerge as bookstores
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With bookstores gradually on the way out in the digital age, libraries are increasingly finding themselves in the new role of bookstores themselves. More and more libraries are changing their renovation plans. They are limiting additional shelf space to add titles to their already existing collection, and earmarking a separate section that will be dedicated to sell some of their collection to those eager to buy them at a discounted price. More


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