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How to read a book contract — agents and the law
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Given all the recent uproar about agents getting into the publishing business, plus the constant drumbeat about successful indie authors being solicited by agents for representation, it's time to look at an Agency Contract. Before diving into the details of this contract, let's review some basic legal principles that govern the relationship of a principal — the author in this case — and an agent. More

Aster 'Vibrant Dome'
A vigorous sport with all the famous assets of 'Purple Dome' - tough, compact, disease-resistant and heavy-blooming — in a bright color for the fall garden. ‘Vibrant Dome’ has hot raspberry-pink starry flowers that completely cover the foliage. Shorter, more garden-friendly than most of its species. From Blooms of Bressingham®.

Paperback publishers quicken their pace
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It used to be like clockwork in the book business: first the hardcover edition was released, then, about one year later, the paperback. But in an industry that has been upended by the growth of e-books, publishers are moving against convention by pushing paperbacks into publication earlier than usual, sometimes less than six months after they appeared in hardcover. More

August Quill & Trowel is posted on website
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Proposed policy changes could hurt landscaping industry
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The U.S. landscaping industry could soon be facing severe job losses due to pending labor and environmental policy changes that are being advanced by two government agencies in Washington. Organizations such as the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance have been busy raising awareness within the industry of the impending threats and creating dialogue about the impact that such policies will have on the industry. More

Orange Blaze - Hybrid Pepper

Colored peppers are often hard to grow. It can take all season to finally get your green pepper to change color. Typical varieties often produce fruit that is much larger than desired. Orange Blaze solves both problems. This All-American Selections winner produces smaller 2 and 3 lobed fruit that turn orange in a blaze. more

NY Times apps begin selling mobile subscriptions through iTunes
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Apple's latest changes to purchasing rules for iOS devices have news organizations like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other businesses removing third-party sales systems from their apps. The new Apple rules took effect June 30, but many are only now complying with them. The new rules say no app may include a link or button that sells content to the user through anything other than Apple's official iTunes store. More

Amazon expects sales to grow 36-47 percent next quarter
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Amazon doesn't seem threatened by the fact that they can no longer sell e-books in Apple apps. At least they don't seem to in their third quarter estimates. The e-commerce giant expects net sales in Q3 to be between $10.3 billion and $11.1 billion, a growth of 36-47 percent compared with the third quarter 2010. More

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2 garden centers tap into green energy
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Mustard Seed Landscaping and Garden Center in Chaska, Minn., decided to take advantage of the steady, hard winds that the state is known for, the Chaska Herald reports. "This is a cool thing," owner Mark Halla told the paper. "It will power our whole facility." The retailer needed space for the windmill. The 160-foot high turbine sits on a 24- by 24-foot concrete pad that has 2,000 pounds of rebar sunk 7-feet deep. More

How to land writing gigs when meeting editors
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Last fall, author and journalist John Moir redeemed part of his grand prize from WD's 78th Annual Writing Competition when he traveled to New York City, where his escort from the WD editorial team had arranged for Moir to meet with his wish list of editors from The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Audubon and The New York Times (where Moir scored himself an assignment on the spot). More

Whose Berries? Man vs. Bird
You enjoy watching birds in your garden, until you see them eating your berries. Win the battle with Frost ProtekTM plant covers. The same fabric used by commercial growers has been made into clever covers available to the home gardener. Great for birds, insects, and more, the covers are an ideal organic solution to pest problems. Covers quickly secure around shrubs, strawberry plants or containers. MORE

Kindle library lending to launch in September?
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Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader users can borrow e-books from libraries, but Kindle has been a holdout. Now it appears that library lending for Kindle will launch next month. Amazon is working with OverDrive, the leading distributor of e-books and audiobooks to libraries, to launch its Kindle lending program. The company has said Kindle library lending will launch "later in 2011" and will work with all Kindles and Kindle apps. More

Books being treated like magazines
Stormwolf (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Magician stands on stage and invites a volunteer from the audience to lend him something. Not a piece of jewelry, or a dollar bill, but a book. The volunteer — an author— hands him a copy of his latest tome. The Magician places it on a stand and waves a hand at it. "Behold, a book." He then drapes a scarlet silk over it. He waves his wand, utters the word, "Abracadabra," with great solemnity, and whisks the silk away. More

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