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Quebec hotel block now open for the 2013 GWA Symposium
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The Hilton Quebec is only a 20-minute drive from the airport and five minutes from the train and bus stations. The hotel lies steps from all major tourist attractions and festivals. Enjoy close proximity to the city's government and business attractions. For more information on hotel and transportation ... More

February Q&T now available for download
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Download the latest version of Quill and Trowel newsletter to get information on the latest news on writers' rights and intellectual property protections, updates on current events in your region and new opportunities for garden writers. More

We need your input
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The latest member survey was issued Feb. 5 by the Statistics Task Force under the title Moving Into the Future. So far, we have had over 350 responses, but the more the better. If you have not provided your responses, please check your email for a message from via Check your spam files, too. We need as much input from the membership as possible, and your earliest response is appreciated.

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Exhibit at the 65th GWA Symposium
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The purpose of the exhibit is to provide a forum to exchange information between lawn and garden product manufacturers and North America's premier garden communicators. The exhibition, which will take place Aug. 16-17, is held in conjunction with the 65th GWA Annual Symposium to be held Aug. 16-19 at The Hilton Quebec. Please note that the symposium continues two days after the last exhibition date, and exhibitors are welcomed to participate. More

Media awards early entry fee deadline — Friday
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Works first published and copyrighted in North America between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012, are eligible for entry. You do not need to be a GWA member to enter. View updated entry categories and choose your best work. Discounts for early submissions ends this Friday, Feb. 15. Final entry deadline is March 8. More

Register for the Speakers Workshop Feb. 23 before it's too late
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Crafting a winning presentation, fostering personal style and unique content; developing signature stories, perfecting the telling of the tale, dynamic visuals, pacing and flow, effective body language and more are topics and tips being offered at the GWA speakers workshop in Allentown, Pa., on Feb. 23. This is a great opportunity to take your talent to the next level. Register today while seats are available. More

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Only 14 seats left for GWA Blogs & Books meeting Feb. 22
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Feb. 18 is the deadline to register for the Region VI meeting hosted by GWA President Debra Prinzing on Feb. 22 in Seattle. Only 14 spots remain. If you are traveling to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and want to join western region members for a fun evening promoting books and blogs, sign up today. More

Come get connected Feb. 23
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Join with fellow garden communicators after a long day's workshop or a short trip to Orefield, Pa., at a Connect Meeting planned for the home of Kirk and Sara Brown. Planned to start at 6 p.m. following the GWA Speaker's Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23, the gathering encourages any and all GWA members and friends to participate in this outstanding networking opportunity. More

GWA meeting at Canada Blooms on March 16 hosted by Region VII
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New for 2013: "Business of Garden Writing" sessions — helping you make your garden writing a paying habit. The registration deadline is March 1 ... but this meeting always fills up quickly, so don't delay! Need more information? More

Directory advertisement reservation deadline — March 1
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Allied Trade members of GWA have access to this key group of professionals who have a significant impact on gardening product sales and markets. A free ad in the Annual Membership Directory is included in each Allied Trade membership. Non-member companies offering gardening products or services may also advertise in the Annual Membership Directory for a fee. More

GWA Membership Directory 'opt out' option deadline March 1
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In support of GWA's continuing efforts in sustainability, the 2013-14 Directory will be available both in printed and electronic formats. The file will be available online in the Members Area in a read-only Adobe PDF format. If you wish to support our sustainability efforts, you can login to the GWA website and opt out of receiving the printed version of this year's directory. More

Why traditional publishing is really in a 'golden age'
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How healthy is the traditional publishing industry? Not very, says Mark Coker, founder of the self-published book distributor Smashwords. On Monday, Coker told NPR's Audie Cornish that "over the next few years, traditional publishers are going to become more and more irrelevant." But Michael Pietsch, soon-to-be CEO of the traditional publisher Hachette Book Group, disagrees. More

The crazy plan to save Barnes & Noble
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Publishing industry observers rooting for the continued solvency of the nation's largest bookstore chain are probably concerned that Barnes & Noble is struggling to grow its Nook device and e-book business while its physical bookstore business shrinks. Nook is supposed to be the company's white knight, but it is losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year on about a billion dollars of revenue, and its sales aren't growing. More

Macmillan settles with DOJ over e-book price-fixing
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Ending a saga that began in late 2009 when publishers were made aware that Apple was intent on entering the e-book market with its new gadget, the iPad, Macmillan has agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve an alleged case of collusion and price-fixing in the e-book market. Macmillan is one of five of the largest U.S. publishers that the DOJ sued in the spring, alleging that they, along with Apple, colluded to fix the price of e-books. More

Has the public perception of self-publishing finally changed?
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Self-publishing a book can come with pre-conceived notions from readers, other writers and even publishers. People used to think self-publishing a book meant it wasn't good enough to get picked up by traditional houses. However, the stigma of self-publishing is changing. Success stories have become more and more abundant, and the shock those successes caused even five to 10 years ago is slowly beginning to dissipate. More


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