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Modernized GWA Awards Program now accepting entries
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Because of the recent explosion of new media channels and in response to member suggestions, a special task force was created to review and update the awards program categories and criteria. The modernization is specifically designed to enable more garden communicators the opportunity to receive recognition for their unique works and talents. More

Join the GWA Connect at Plant-O-Rama Jan. 29
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GWA Connect meetings help local members connect informally and encourage non-members to use this opportunity to evaluate our organization. We'll have a chance to chat about current projects, local job opportunities, goods, services, products, cross-industry relationships, mentoring possibilities and more. Details ... More

Final week to register for Boston Regional Meeting on Feb. 8
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Promoting What We Love is the theme of the Boston regional meeting and you get free admission to the trade show and programs at New England Grows if you register by Feb. 1. Details ... More

AzaMax is a concentrated all natural broad spectrum pest control, antifeedant and insect growth regulator, controls pests through starvation and growth disruption for a broad variety of plant applications. Effectively controls spider mites, thrips, fungus gnats, aphids, whiteflies, leaf miners, worms, beetles, leafhoppers, scales, mealy bugs, nematodes and other soil borne pests. Can be applied up to the time or day of harvest. more

GWA Meeting at Chicago Flower & Garden Show hosted by Region V
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The show's 20-plus gardens will draw inspiration from the art world as they present, "The Art of Gardening." Local garden designers and contractors will present ideas and concepts that can make you the envy of your neighborhood! Get Inspired, Get Educated, Get Motivated. Visit for more information. Details ... More

'Plant Confidential: Richie Steffen's favorite plants you don't know about'
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Richie Steffen is the curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden, where he oversees the development of the garden, manages the rare plant collections and heads acquisition of new plants. Hosted by GWA Region VI at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show on Feb. 9 in Portland, Ore. Early registration discounts end Jan. 30. Details ... More

Portland Writers Workshop Feb. 9 from 1-4 p.m.
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The workshop will focus on building story structures that capture readers' attention, strengthening your transitions for clarity and focus, and improving your selfediting proficiency to get powerful results. If you panic at the tyranny of a blank screen or simply need to be reminded of what you already know — and may ignore — join Mary-Kate Mackey for a fun, engaging workshop. Registration Deadline: Feb. 5. Details ... More

SUPERthrive®-Has New Labels

SUPERthrive® has new labels! Be among the first to receive a 1 oz. bottle with the new label honoring the founder Dr. John A. A. Thomson. SUPERthrive® is your concentrated vitamin solution, improving growth in all plant and tree applications. It does not take the place of fertilizer. Click Here for this one-week offer.

For Seattle, it is all about GWA books and blogs on Feb. 22
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Spring is here in the horticulture world. And for most of us, that means launching new books, creating new blog themes and dreaming up new projects. And then there's getting the word out to our readers and fans! GWA is here to help. Join your fellow GWA members for a fun and festive evening of self-promotion. Like a "flash mob," we're going to come together for an instant book launch and blog-promo party. Hosted by Region VI. Details ... More

Canada gets down to the Business Of Garden Writing March 16
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Region VII is focusing on the Business Of Garden Writing at its winter outing during Canada Blooms in Toronto. Space is limited and registration fills early, so act now. Details ... More

Kobo doubles sales in a crowded e-reader market
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The last year or so has certainly been a mixed bag for booksellers. After a holiday season in which Barnes & Noble posted dismal sales while some independent bookstores rejoiced in brisk business, Kobo is now reporting surprisingly strong numbers for its e-reader sales over the past year. Kobo — owned by Japanese retailer Rakuten but based in Toronto — is reporting that its e-reader sales doubled in 2012. More

Why write your own book when an algorithm can do it for you?
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Phil Parker is unlike any writer you've ever met — or read for that matter. That's because he doesn't write most of his books. Instead, the trained economist uses sophisticated algorithms that can pen a whole book from start to finish in as little as a few minutes. The secret is sophisticated programming mimicking the thought process behind formulaic writing. It can take years to create these programs, but once completed, new books can be churned out in minutes. More

7 tips for designing an e-book cover
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By Patrick Samphire: It's taken me a long time to get around to it, but I've finally decided to make all of my previously published short stories available as e-books. Yeah, yeah, I know I'm way behind on this, but at least I'm getting around to it at last. Because I'm a designer, I decided that I would design the covers myself. More

Hands on with Kim Dotcom's new Mega: This service could dismantle copyright forever
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Kim Dotcom's Mega has officially launched. From the membership plans, the service might look like it's just another online storage locker like Dropbox or Google Drive. But it's way more than that. Mega is a weapon aimed straight at copyright rights holders. It's maybe the most private, invincible file-sharing service of all time. More

Self-publishing no longer a second-rate choice for desperate
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By Marty Mokler Banks: On a recent Sunday morning, I sat at the computer, finger poised above the mouse. With both fear and excitement, I clicked "Publish." Within minutes, my children's chapter book, "The Adventures of Tempest & Serena," was self-published and available in paperback and e-book at online retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries everywhere. Ten years ago, I never would have clicked that button. More

Swarming a book online
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Reviews on Amazon are becoming attack weapons, intended to sink new books as soon as they are published. In the biggest, most overt and most successful of these campaigns, a group of Michael Jackson fans used Facebook and Twitter to solicit negative reviews of a new biography of the singer. They bombarded Amazon with dozens of one-star takedowns, succeeded in getting several favorable notices erased and even took credit for Amazon briefly removing the book from sale. More

There is no publishing industry
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The mental model we share of this thing we call the publishing industry is no longer useful. Most of us think of the publishing industry's product as "books." That's like thinking that Amazon sells two products, bits and cardboard boxes. Amazon ships stuff in cardboard boxes. It's what's inside the box that you are buying. Likewise, it's the information contained in the bits that you are buying when you buy a digital product from Amazon. More


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