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GWA announces Gold Award winners
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The highlight of the GWA Annual Awards Banquet in Tucson, Ariz., on Oct. 15 was the announcement of the 2012 Gold Garden Media Award recipients. See the winners. More

Twitter: Changing life for writers 140 characters at a time
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Creation through limitation is a concept that has long been familiar to writers. We see it through the persistent use of ancient poetic forms such as haiku, as well as the experiments of the Oulipo — a French-speaking writers' circle that can count Italo Calvino as an alumnus — in the 1960s. We still see it in many novels' exploitation of genre conventions. More

Symposium sponsors posted on website
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Thanks all our generous sponsors for the Tucson symposium. Members who want to send notes to sponsors can find contact information on our website. More

Amazon struggles to crack publishing
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Amazon has had lots of success in book retailing. But cracking the publishing business hasn't been as easy. Take one of Amazon's biggest titles for fall, actress and director Penny Marshall's memoir "My Mother Was Nuts." In its first four weeks on sale, it has sold just 7,000 copies in hardcover, according to Nielsen BookScan. By comparison, actor Rob Lowe's memoir, published by Macmillan's Henry Holt & Co., sold 54,000 hardcover copies in its first four weeks. More

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Garden fling survey report
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The Garden Bloggers Fling advisory committee polled the garden-blogging community to find out what bloggers most enjoy about the Fling. See the results. More

Why your blog's "About" page matters
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From Joel Friedlander: It's amazing how often this happens: I visit an author blog and, finding something interesting, I go looking for the "About" page. And when I get there, it's a total disappointment. Typically, there will be a couple of paragraphs of copy and a photo, but often there's not even that. For some reason, the platform seems particularly guilty in providing little in the way of an "About" page. More

Pew Research Center says young read more books
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"We found that about 8 in 10 Americans under the age of 30 have read a book in the past year. And that's compared to about 7 in 10 adults in general, American adults. So, they're reading — they're more likely to read, and they're also a little more likely to be using their library." More

Study: Creativity linked to mental Illness
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Creative types are thought to be more likely to suffer from mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A new large-scale study of the Swedish population helps confirm this link. Last year, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet near Stockholm found that families with a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia were more likely to produce artists and scientists. More

Greenhouse Management reports State of the Industry
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Greenhouse Management Magazine takes a look at the state of the Industry in a special report. More

Books change how a child's brain grows
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Books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows, according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The findings point to a "sensitive period" early in life during which the developing brain is strongly influenced by environmental factors. More

3 ways to use Amazon to sell more books
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For many publishers, Amazon is the No. 1 place where their books are sold. The massive online retailer is thought to have about two-thirds of e-book sales market share and is considered the largest bookseller of any kind in the U.S. It behooves publishers to make sure that they're doing all they can to maximize their sales on Amazon. More


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