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Full-service publishers are rethinking what they can offer
The Shatzkin Files (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At lunch a few months ago, Brian Murray, the CEO of HarperCollins, expressed dissatisfaction with the term "legacy" to describe the publishers who had been successful since before the digital revolution began. For one thing, he felt that sounded too much like "the past." "We need to come up with a different term," was his assessment and he suggested that perhaps "full-service" was more apt. More

Symposium hotel deadline is Sept. 10
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The deadline to receive discounted rates for the 2012 GWA Symposium at the La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Ariz., is Sept. 10. Make your room reservations today and save substantial money on the regular room rate. More

What kind of book reader are you? A diagnostics guide
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The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog includes a book-reader coinage that got us thinking about our own reading styles. There, Mark O'Connell confesses his dirty little reading secret: He doesn't finish books; he's a "promiscuous reader," a book abandoner. He writes, "I'll start a book, get about halfway through it, and then, even if I’m enjoying it, put it down in favor of something else." But it's not the books, it's him. More

Know your way around the trickiest business issues in photography
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Top off your 2012 GWA Symposium experience with a special workshop on some of the most important business topics for photographers from beginners to working pros. Don't miss this all-day, five-part seminar concentrating on creating, storing, preparing, marketing and licensing photos in the garden and horticultural market, as seen through the eyes and experience of GWA member and professional photographer Andrew Buchanan. All levels of photographers are welcome to take part in the workshop. More

3 easy tools for crafting a great-looking personal webpage
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Need an online portfolio in a hurry? Not all of us have the time, energy or skill to build something from scratch, or the resources to farm out the job to more capable hands. Happily, some great tools are available that make it a breeze to build a good-looking personal website without actually building much of anything at all. More

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GWA electronic directory available to members
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A read-only PDF of the directory is available to members to: search for information, print pages, link to member websites and link to member blogs. More

What Twitter teaches us about writing short & well
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From Mallary Jean Tenore: When deciding whether to follow someone on Twitter, I typically look at the person's tweets to see if they interest me and if I can learn something from them. Increasingly, I've also been looking at whether people's tweets are well-written. Do they have a distinct writing voice? Is their writing witty? Does their writing pull me in as a reader? If so, I click the "follow" button. More

Brush up on social media with GWA training guides
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GWA offers members free training guides on nine topics for social media marketing. Take a look. More

Will paid reviews bite Amazon back?
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If you were trying to discredit Amazon's new self-publishing model aimed at eliminating conventional publishers as obsolete "gatekeepers," relying instead on crowdsourced reviews, what would you do? Here's a thought: Why not work from within? Praise is the coin of the realm on Amazon and other Web 2.0 sites. An unscrupulous opponent of the Amazon model might be tempted to write fake customer reactions. More

Will this move save Barnes & Noble?
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While most American businesses are trimming their exposure to the troubled economies of Europe, Barnes & Noble is steaming toward it with all hands on deck. The ailing bookseller announced that it had chosen John Lewis, the British department-store chain, to launch two of its newest e-readers in the United Kingdom. More

Who's the talk of the town in the battle of the e-readers?
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It's been a big month of analysis, rumors and speculation concerning the future of the e-reader and tablet market. Kobo continues to make waves as it partners with the ABA to allow independent book retailers the ability to sell e-books. The success of the Nook has abated and news sources have been speculating about its future, especially in light of price cuts on three of its devices. More

It's hip to be a square-foot gardener
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If Will and Katie Wyndham want additional privacy in the backyard, they can take seats behind their tomatoes. The four plants Will put in this spring have grown to a hedge-like 10 feet high, lush with branches, leaves and fruit. His secret? Following the instructions for an organic technique known as square-foot gardening in a book his wife spotted at the hardware store. More

5 ways writers can get the most out of Goodreads
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From Brian A. Klems: If you're like me, you have a Goodreads account and occasionally use it to update your list of books that you've read — but haven't used it for much else. Goodreads Community Manager Patrick Brown offered up this guest post to me on how authors can use Goodreads to their benefit. I found the information very useful and informative, so I thought I'd share. More


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