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July 24 — Toronto-area GWA Connect meeting
Region VII directors announce a GWA Connect meeting on July 24 at 9:45 a.m. There will be networking time in advance of the Sawaya container trials tour later that morning. The address for the connect meeting is the Tim Hortons at 15 Queensway Dr. E Simcoe, N3Y 4Y2. (Full details of the tour are in Region VII news in the latest Quill & Trowel.) The Tim's is about 10 minutes west of the Trials site. The site is in SW Ontario and may be accessible and of interest to some Region I and III members, who would be most warmly welcomed.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Digital storytelling and tours in Victoria, BC
Like taking photos? Like telling stories? This introduction to digital storytelling will help you make short films using your photos and narration, to make fun digital stories. This regional meeting is composed of two half-day workshops and one full day of tours. The digital storytelling session is before and after the tour day, so video taken on the tour can be used to create a short digital story. Register by Aug. 19 for the early bird rate.
Supporting GWAF can be very rewarding
Make a donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation and have your name entered to win a laptop computer or a digital SLR camera or an iPad! Save time and sign up online before the meeting. Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet, and you do not need to be present to win.
MasterPLAN Landscape Design seeks freelance writer
Looking for a creative freelance writer to write newsletter articles for company on an ongoing basis. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
Apple agrees to conditional $450 million e-books antitrust accord
Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, according to court records. The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge's ruling last year that Apple was liable for violating antitrust laws.
Amazon is now in talks with Simon & Schuster
The Wall Street Journal
Hachette isn't the only book publisher facing down Amazon.com. The country's largest bookseller is also in talks with Simon & Schuster, said Leslie Moonves, CEO of the publisher's parent CBS Corp. at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. Moonves added that he'd personally met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a recent conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.
7 steps to creating a flexible outline for any story
Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you're sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate. Writers either love outlines, or they hate them. We either find them liberating, or we can't stand how confining they are. My experience has been that more often than not, those who swear they dislike outlines are thinking of them in the wrong ways.
Can creativity be learned?
At 2 a.m. on June 16, 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin awoke with a fright. Mary was 18 years old and spending her summer at the Villa Diodati at Lake Geneva with her stepsister Claire Clairmont and the writers Lord Byron and John William Polidori. Her future husband, Percy Shelley, was staying nearby. They had intended to spend the summer swimming and sunbathing, but a year earlier, Mount Tambora, a massive volcano in Indonesia, had erupted.
How e-reading threatens learning in the humanities
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The student was angry. Why hadn't I mentioned there was a shorter version of the book I assigned for this week's class? After brashly announcing she had unearthed an earlier article by the author ("Same thing, right?"), she instructed me that anything said in a book could be reduced to an article. The rest is just padding.
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Newspaper companies need to stop lying to themselves, says longtime newspaper editor
Media theorist Clay Shirky isn't the only one telling newspaper companies and print-oriented journalists that they need to wake up and pay attention to the decline of their industry before they run out of time. Former Seattle Times editor David Boardman — who also happens to be president of the American Society of News Editors — wrote in a recent essay that the newspaper business spends too much of its time sugar-coating the reality of what's happening.
News' next big obsession is to 'win the couch'
Even with Facebook and Twitter and legions of newsreaders and apps, news organizations are still grappling with and working feverishly on new publishing technologies and resurfacing old content to siphon the glut of content and bring the news to new audiences. Their latest obsession: becoming the friend who knows what all your friends are talking about.
July 2014 Author Earnings Report
It has been nearly half a year since we first pulled data for nearly every ranked ebook on Amazon.com's thousands of category bestseller lists. This is our third quarterly report, and every data set tells us something new. With enough reports, we should be able to spot emerging trends in the world of digital publishing in order to help authors make the best decisions with their manuscripts.
The Tenured vs. Debut Author Report
In our most recent earnings report, one chart jumped out at us and begged for deeper analysis: It was a look at daily author earnings according to publication date, and it revealed the heavy reliance Big 5 publishers have on the sale of their backlist titles. The same chart showed, less surprisingly, that self-published authors are making the vast majority of their earnings on recently published works.
Budget Tablet Buying Guide: July 2014
The Digital Reader
For the past four years, Android tablets have been a hot market niche, with dozens of device makers releasing new models willy-nilly. Some were good, many were bad, and as a result the tablet market in July 2014 is glutted with tablets. There are so many tablets on the market that it is difficult to tell which ones are good; even a reviewer such as myself can't test more than a tithe of what's available.
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