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With books evolving into digital texts, should authors consider rewriting?
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Books are evolving from print to digital media, and reading is evolving, too. But what about writing? With texts going digital, it becomes alluringly simple to rework, revise — and profitably republish — earlier works. In theory, a writer could download his or her first novel onto a laptop, give it the thorough polish it deserves, and have it back on the real and/or e-bookshelves in a matter of days. More

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4 reasons Google+ brand pages will be better than Facebook's
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Converting Facebook's 750 million active users to Google+ will be a long, difficult battle for the search giant. But converting brands to Google+ will be much easier if Google+ is able to solve advertisers' biggest problems with Facebook — such as post-click engagement tracking, paid search inefficiencies and limited customization. More

Symposium registration deadline Aug. 12
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Regular symposium registration rates end Aug. 12. After that date, late registration rates apply Aug. 13 through onsite. Save money and register today. More

Why American garden suppliers are making their product here instead of overseas
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The ABC News series "Made in America" has struck a cord with viewers. In the inaugural report, a North Texas family volunteered to remove all the items in the house not made within the United States. The family was stunned to learn that only a single vase remained. Then ABC News chronicled the quest to replace all those items in the now-empty house with American-made goods, from ovens to mattresses to curtains. More

Tye-Dye - Hybrid Tomato

Bring a burst of color to your dinner table. Try Tye-Dye, a new hybrid tomato splashed with bright yellow-orange and red. Fruit are large and have a marbled red interior. Tye-Dye is a cornucopia of flavor in one cool tomato.  more

2011 elections close Aug. 19
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All members are encouraged to cast their ballot for 2011 elections for the GWA Board of Directors. Polls close on Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. EDT. Cast your online ballot today. More

Killing the sacred cows of publishing: Writers don't need to practice
The Writings and Opinions of Dean Wesley Smith (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This myth, that writers don't need to practice, is silly when looked at with clear vision. But frighteningly enough, it is one of the worst myths running, one of the deepest myths functioning in every writer's head, and often the real difference between a good non-sold writer and a long-term professional writer. And it can also be the difference between a selling professional and a bestseller. More

Support the GWA Foundation
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Want a chance to win a Digital SLR Camera or an Apple iPad? Make a donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation and have your name entered to win one of these great items! Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet. (Camera sponsored by Davey Tree Company, and iPad sponsored by the IMA Horticultural Society.) More

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QR codes for print books
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If you prefer a few digital extras with your Chekhov, you're in luck: Independent Brooklyn-based publisher Melville House is launching a series called HybridBooks, print books bundled with additional material the company calls "Illuminations." Buyers scan the QR code or type in the URL on the back of each print book in the series and are brought to the Melville House Illuminations for that title. More

The 5 essential story ingredients
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Spend enough time with writers or English teachers and you'll hear the dictum that a story is something that has a beginning, middle and end. The people who share this definition mean well, but it's really not a very helpful one for storytellers. After all, a description of a pickle has a beginning, a middle and an end, but it's not a story. The sentence, "Preheat the oven to 450 degrees," has those basic elements, but it's not a story either. More

British author inks six-figure deal after releasing Kindle book
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After being rejected by literary agents for her novel Catch Your Death, British writer Louise Voss decided to self publish her book in the Kindle UK Store. Voss priced the e-book at £0.95, which helped it shoot up the Kindle charts, which in turn caught the eye of a major publishing house. The London Evening Standard has the story: "It attracted the attention of publishers HarperFiction, which offered her a six-figure, four-book deal." More

Is your basket overflowing?
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Homeowners, golf course operators sue DuPont
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Homeowners and golf course owners around the country are reporting "catastrophic" tree losses in areas treated with DuPont's Imprelis, a popular weed killer commonly used by lawn-care professionals. As a result, a Pennsylvania homeowner and Indiana golf course company filed a class action lawsuit in DuPont's home state of Delaware. More

Growers shift production into overdrive as orchids become top-dollar crop
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No longer a niche crop for hobbyists, orchids have eclipsed poinsettias as the highest value crop in terms of dollars, according to USDA's Floriculture Crops Summary, which surveys production and wholesale value in the top 15 floriculture states. While more poinsettias are produced by more growers for the Christmas season, each orchid produced generates considerably more dollars. More

Same tired arguments
A Newbie's Guide to Publishing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The same poor, tired arguments and examples are repeated over and over around the Internet. Either folks are writing about self-publishing for the very first time, and naturally falling into the lazy trap of not thinking clearly, or they're purposely trying to disguise failed ideas as something new, like intelligent design and creationism. More

What journalists need to know about libelous tweets
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Rumors that CNN had suspended Piers Morgan due to the News of the World phone hacking scandal spread on Twitter recently, sparking an important discussion about whether journalists need to verify information before tweeting. The incident prompted commenter S.J. Dahlman to wonder: Can tweets be libelous? It turns out they can be. More

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