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Modernized Media Awards Program accepting entries
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The GWA Awards program has been updated with a new emphasis on electronic media projects. Now is the time to strengthen your resume with peer recognition of your unique works and talent. Early registration discounts are offered through Feb. 15. More

Last chance to register for Region I meeting at New England Grows!
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Feb. 1 is the deadline to register for the Feb. 8 GWA meeting in Boston on promoting what we love and free admission to the New England Grows trade show and program. Sign up TODAY! More

Write Better Today
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Mary-Kate Mackey is our leader for a special writers' workshop in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 9. Whether you send out blog posts, deliver feature copy or want to polish your pitch on your website, this three-hour interactive workshop will give you tools to improve your writing skills. The workshop will focus on building story structures that capture readers' attention, strengthening your transitions for clarity and focus, and improving your self-editing proficiency to get powerful results. Registration deadline is Feb. 5. More

Join with Region VI at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show — Feb. 9
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Hear Richie Steffen talk about plants you probably don't know much about. Network with other GWA members. Visit with our sponsors from OAN, Terra Nova, Crown Bees, Skagit Gardens and Sun Gro Horticulture. Registration deadline is Feb. 4. More

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Garden Books & Blogs 'Flash Mob?' — Feb. 22
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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. Enjoy tasty, locally sourced hors d'oeuvres, savor an inventive botanical cocktail and share your latest project with fellow members. More

GWA Connect meeting in Orefield, Pa., on Feb. 23
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Sign up for the GWA Connect meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 23. This pot-luck gathering is open to members and guests to share interests, promote projects and network with fellow garden communicators. R.S.V.P. a MUST. More

Selling The Excitement: Speakers Workshop — Feb. 23
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Whether you're a beginner or an experienced speaker, this workshop will show you 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

Final call for Honors nominations
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Members can recognize the achievements of their peers with a 2013 Honors nomination. To honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the GWA objectives, please review program information. Deadline extended to Feb. 8. More

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What can a garden writer do for you
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By Katie Ketelsen: I was recently asked, "What is a garden writer and what can they do to help my business?" Maybe you've wondered the same thing. More

Macmillan will soon sell its e-books to libraries for the first time
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Macmillan, one of the "Big Six" publishers, will start selling e-books to libraries in the next few months. In a statement, the company detailed a pilot program that would distribute 1,200 backlisted titles from the Minotaur crime fiction imprint, the first time it's offered a library program. Like most other big publishers, though, the e-books will come with restrictions. More

Rethink cover design for a small, small world
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By Elle Lothlorien: Did you know that your eyeballs are always moving? I’m talking about something called "saccades." Saccades are the tiny, involuntary and nearly constant movements your eyes make. There are several reasons for this rapid, continuous motion but one type in particular, a "reflexive saccade," causes your eyes to quickly focus on "the appearance of peripheral stimulus." More

Why Apple is the stumbling block in Amazon's e-book transition
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Nobody can predict the future, but Amazon thinks that when it comes to e-books the writing is on the wall. "We're now seeing the transition we've been expecting," CEO Jeff Bezos said in the company's fourth-quarter earnings report. "After five years, e-books is a multi-billion dollar category for us and growing fast — up approximately 70 percent last year." More

How to make online content less interactive, but better
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The joke's on us, guys. I couldn't help laughing out loud and passing around a recent article from The Onion this week. The headline "Internet Users Demand Less Interactivity" on the satirical piece caught my eye. More

7 things I've learned so far, by Chris Howard
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1. Write the book you want to read but can't seem to find.
Of course, by doing this, you run the risk of writing a book that no one but you wants to read! But what the hell, right?!? There's no guarantee that anyone else will want to read your story anyway! And seeing as you'll be re-reading it and revising it for months, maybe years, you probably ought to like it to begin with, if only for your mental health!

Should writers 'JUST' write?
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By Dan Blank: "A writer should do what they do best and only this: write." I heard this statement again at the Digital Book World conference in New York City, and I began really considering if I agreed with it. We are at a funny time in the world of creative expression, one where the artist, the musician, the writer no longer absolutely NEEDS middlemen in order to make a living with their art or craft. More


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