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How to become an e-book superstar
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It has never been easier to publish your own book. Traditional publishers may take a year to turn your manuscript into print on a page, but you can get your own e-book on sale around the world in about four minutes. The real battle, however, is the same as it ever was: How do you find an audience? A growing number of authors have become editor/designer/marketeer/sales director for their own e-books. More

REMINDER: GWA office is moving
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The GWA office will be closed June 15-25 as we relocate to new facilities in Texas. See details in our new slide show posted on the website. More

Google's e-book deal could slow rise of Amazon Kindle in Europe
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Google announced a major deal this week with French authors and publishers that clears the way for the sale of millions of e-books that have been caught in legal limbo until now. The deal could spur digital publishing in Europe and also shape which companies gain control of the continent's fledgling e-book market. More

Final call for Region II meeting in Connecticut
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June 15 is the last day to register for the Region II meeting in Bethlehem, Conn., and Washington, Conn. See details at ... More

DK is the growing authority

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E-publisher offers wide distribution and sweet deals to authors
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As the CEO of Smashwords, a 14-person company in Los Gatos, Calif., Mark Coker gives authors free self-publishing software that converts Word documents into e-book files — and lets them set the price. Through distribution partnerships, those e-books line the shelves of digital bookstores run by Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. No deal yet with Amazon. More

Have you updated your Authors Coalition Survey?
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The Garden Writers Association works with other groups as part of the Authors Coalition to distribute non-title-specific royalties from photocopies made outside the US. GWA's share of these funds for the coming year will be determined by our members' response to the Coalition genre survey. Please take a few minutes to update your survey data ... More

Good books are worth the wait
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From book publisher Tim Schaffner: Perhaps you read the article in the New York Times last month titled: "Writer's Cramp: In the E-Reader Era a Book a Year is Slacking." In short, the premise was that publishers are having to crack the whip on their already bestselling authors to produce more product for the voracious appetites of the "impatient readers who have become used to downloading any e-book at the touch of a button." My response to this is: "What's the rush?" More

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64th annual symposium program — make plans now
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The program for the 2012 GWA symposium in Tucson, Ariz., is posted for viewing. Registration will open as soon as our office move is completed next week, but make your travel plans now. More

To land a publisher, an author prints sample copies for stores
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Sometimes an independent bookseller's word can help push an author's manuscript toward publication. Author Michael Ennis submitted a draft of his novel, "The Malice of Fortune," to New York publishing houses but was rejected. He revised, edited and submitted once more but was rejected again. Then he got a tip from his agent: Try booksellers first. More

The antidote to e-books
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Clare Dickens only wanted to share her story to help others. But in the process, she became a successful independent author — with the help of a local bookstore and its instant publishing machine. Though Dickens found a publisher in Iceland to release the book in 2007, she still wanted a broader reach. The Espresso Book Machine at Politics and Prose in Washington enabled her to bring the memoir to local bookshelves and beyond. More

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Recognizing a new medium: the Kindle
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Media theorist Marshall McLuhan coined the term "the medium is the message," indicating that the delivery mechanism for information often affects the way the message is perceived — sometimes to the point where the medium dominates the information and becomes the information itself. This is still a radical idea, and one that has been interpreted a lot of different ways. More

Can Zola Books disrupt Apple and Amazon?
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It wasn't that long ago that Amazon and Apple's e-book storefronts and the recommendation algorithms that went with them were being heralded as the death of the traditional bookstore. But Zola Books, which has launched its app in beta, is planning to disrupt the disrupters, wagering its success on its belief that human curation works better than algorithms when it comes to recommended reading. More

How freelancers should prepare for full-time work
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When times are tough, even the most independent of freelancers may be lured by the steady paychecks and 401k of a full-time job. Before taking the plunge and accepting that 9-5, however, it is important to consider all of the potential changes, and even risks, that come with quitting the freelance life. For example, does taking a full-time job mean giving up your side gigs? Possibly. More

Do plants think?
Scientific American    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How aware are plants? This is the central question behind a fascinating new book, "What a Plant Knows," by Daniel Chamovitz, director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University. A plant, he argues, can see, smell and feel. It can mount a defense when under siege, and warn its neighbors of trouble on the way. A plant can even be said to have a memory. But does this mean that plants think — or that one can speak of a "neuroscience" of the flower? More


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