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Women on the rise among the world's top-earning authors
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Watch your back, James Patterson. Sleep with one eye open, Stephen King. Men still top the list of the world’s highest-earning authors, but this year it's the women on the list who've been making the boldest moves, led by a trio of genre phenoms: Suzanne Collins, E.L. James and J.K. Rowling. More

Get off to a good start in Tucson
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The GWA Annual Symposium is a whirlwind of activity from start to finish. Whether this is your first or 64th symposium, make the most of your time by reviewing the symposium FAQs. More

How paperbacks transformed the way Americans read
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Here's a little perspective: In 1939, gas cost 10 cents a gallon at the pump. A movie ticket set you back 20 cents. John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, the year's bestselling hardcover book, was $2.75. For a nation suffering 20 percent unemployment, books were an impossible expense. But in just one day, Robert de Graff changed that. On June 19, 1939, the tall, dynamic entrepreneur took out a bold, full-page ad in The New York Times: OUT TODAY—THE NEW POCKET BOOKS THAT MAY TRANSFORM NEW YORK'S READING HABITS. More

Show your works at the symposium
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The GWA book fair is an opportunity for members to display their works to other members for book and product reviews. Each participating author who registers is entitled to one-half of a three-foot by six-foot table space to display his/her work. More

Who needs publishers & bookstores? Writers, readers & everyone else
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An idea has taken root in certain quarters that publishers aren't necessary any more. And for that matter, who needs bookstores? According to this facile argument, publishers and bookstores are both relics of the pre-Internet days and just get in the way of writers and readers. Why not just write your book, post it on an online book service, and let readers download what they want to read? More

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Avoid the rush at the symposium
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You can sign-up to win a laptop computer, digital SLR or iPad without the crowds at the symposium by participating online before the meeting. More

Gen Y: The most book-loving generation alive?
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So much for Gen Y stereotypes. Turns out they aren't sun-deprived geeks sitting alone in the basement, with only a controller, joystick or keyboard, and the final level of Skyrim to keep them company. There's a pile of books next to the game console, too. Believe it or not, Generation Y might just be the most bibliophilic generation alive, according to a new consumer study. More

Don't forget to encourage readers to donate to Plant A Row
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Since 1995, over 18 million pounds of produce providing over 72 million meals have been donated by American gardeners. All of this has been achieved without government subsidy or bureaucratic red tape — just people helping people. More

Why you need a professional editor
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From Dave Bricker: After completing the final draft of a manuscript for my fifth book, I wanted a reality check. I hired a professional editor and learned something important about self-publishing. No matter how capable you are as a writer and proofreader, you can't accomplish your best writing entirely by yourself. More

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For blind people, digital books are a true revolution
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From Peter White: The book, not just as a source of knowledge or entertainment, but as an intrinsically pleasing object, is a familiar theme. And yet for most of my life, voracious and indiscriminate book reader though I am, the printed book has been nothing but a tease: a will-o'-the-wisp holding out what might be possible, only to snatch it away as soon as I reach for it. The perversity comes in my reaching for it at all. I was born blind. More

Do you absolutely need social media to sell books?
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It has become a maxim of publishing that you need to use social media to build readership, establish a platform, what have you. For example, in today's feature story comics impresario Mark Waid notes that he built an audience for his digital comics publishing startup Thrillbent by asking fans to "... use Facebook and Twitter to find another 20,000 readers, and then I ask that the new 20,000 will find another 20,000." He admits, "We're talking small steps, but it works." More

Top 25 most popular apps for freelancers
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When it comes to software and apps to help them work, it's no surprise freelancers like free apps. But here's another non-surprise from a recent survey of about 100 freelancers conducted by BestVendor: They also love cloud computing. Most of the top 25 most popular apps from that survey were a combination of both. More

Scent of a kitten: the 20 irrefutable theories of book cover design
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Do you judge a book by its cover? Designers Jon Gray and Jamie Keenan shared their theories on attracting readers — from cute cats to alluring perfume — at the Edinburgh book festival. More

Should you include word ccounts in a magazine query?
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Q: Why is it important to include a suggested length for a magazine article in a query? I would think that my job, as the writer, is to sell an editor on the idea, but it's the editor's decision to determine length. I feel like, no matter what word count I suggest, the editor could think either why so long, or why so short? More


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