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Goldman: Demand for iPad is fading
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Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope released a somewhat troubling report for Apple bulls, saying demand for the iPad is fading. He's not adjusting his estimates for iPad sales, but he does think Apple will have to do something to address the first hiccup in the iPad's growth. More

GWA Training Guide on Public Speaking by J.A. Van Krevelen, White Willow Media
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Public speaking is a fantastic way for authors to connect with their current (and soon to be) readers. These engagements offer an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships in a personal and real way. These relationships sell books and are the foundation for a powerful support network. More

Kobo adds cheaper ad-supported option for Kobo Touch
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Taking the lead from Amazon, Kobo is now selling a $99.99 Kobo Touch with Offers, $30 off the regular price. The ad-supported Kobo Touch is supposed to start shipping in two to three weeks. Like the Kindle with Special Offers, the Kobo Touch with Offers includes "sponsored screens and valuable offers when your device is powered off or in sleep mode, and in other discreet places that are always outside of the reading experience, like on the bottom of your home screen." More

IGCs Discover New Gold Rush!
Sun Gro Horticulture, the supplier trusted by more professional growers, proudly introduces Black Gold Garden Products, a new line of natural and organic potting soils and fertilizers exclusively for IGCs nation-wide, featuring a broad selection of OMRI listings available in turn-key indoor sets and high volume outdoor soils and amendments. more

GWA's Classroom Podcast, Episode 14: Mobile Apps (45 min)
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In this episode of GWA's Classroom Podcast, Jean Ann Van Krevelen and Ellen Wells talk about their favorite iPhone/iPad apps. Join in and learn about the productivity, business and gardening apps they recommend. Jean Ann and Ellen also talk a bit about iCloud and apps for MacBooks and iMacs. More

How to convert e-pub books for use on Kindle
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There are all these great free e-books on the Web in e-pub format, like at Google Books, but your Kindle supports many other file types — Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (AA, AAX), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion, according to Amazon's website. So what do you do if you want to read a Google Book on your Kindle? More

Mark the Date!

The talk of the industry, The IGC Show continues on into its record 6th year! Make your plans now. August 21-23, 2012.

GWA Region I: Pitch Perfect with Mary-Kate Mackey
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What makes a winning pitch? Words sell — whether you're a designer, photographer, writer or speaker. Your selling job can be easier with a writing structure that allows you to simply plug in your ideas each time you make a proposal. Mary-Kate Mackey's step-by-step workshop will take you from an abstract idea to a marketable presentation. This interactive seminar includes exercises that give you a specific method and the thinking tools you need for every pitch. Bring your inspirations into focus with this three-hour workshop. More

What not to blog about
Rachelle Gardner (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In this age of social media, it can be easy to fall into a "letting it all hang out" mindset. But if you're engaging in social networking as a way to help your writing career, you can't afford major missteps in your online persona. The trick is to be a real person without over-sharing. As an author, there are specific things you should avoid in your blogging, Tweeting or Facebooking. More

GWA Region II / The Internet: A Writer's Best Friend / March 23, 2012 / Allentown, PA
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As the Internet transforms the publishing industry, savvy writers rule. In a full day workshop, Daniel Gasteiger will describe how the publishing industry has all but shut out unpublished writers and explains how the Internet provides unprecedented opportunity for both aspiring writers and published authors to succeed. Registrants will need to have a laptop computer to connect with the on-site network. More

What's your favorite Heuchera?

We vote for ‘Raspberry Ice’ for its colorful foliage and blizzard of long-blooming flowers, which can last into August. Bred by Heuchera maestro Charles Oliver, this tough and beautiful cultivar thrives in dry shade, even under trees, and adds year-round interest from its multi-hued silvery-purple foliage and stately pink flowers. (Be sure to click on the close up image to see the full plant view of this handsome garden perennial – it’s a dazzler!) From Blooms of Bressingham®.

Amazon 'primes' pump for loyalty
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As Inc. battles traditional retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and digital rivals like Apple Inc.'s iTunes store, the company is raising its bet on its Amazon Prime customer-loyalty program. Prime is so crucial to the Seattle-based company that it is willing to lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year on the program, by some analysts' estimates. More

Don't buy — fear It
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When investors contemplate, they shouldn't think of buying shares; they should ponder the many ways this is one scary company out there in the marketplace. Amazon could be renamed The Great Disruptor, given its disruptive and sometimes even deadly influence on a variety of mature businesses. More

4 ways inspiration helps you beat writer's block
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How can writers turbocharge their powers of spontaneous creativity in the face of deadlines, rejection and demanding day jobs? Here's the fantastic news: The answer involves hot showers, sunshine and healthy doses of downtime. More

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10 phrases to purge from your speech & writing
Jane Friedman (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The following mistakes occur so often that they have come to sound and look correct. Undoubtedly, you will recognize some entries as known errors, but others may give you pause: "Is that an error? I didn't realize that." Since the list is a manageable size, a brief scan will quickly tell you what you need to learn. Show your superior word savvy. Purge these offenders from your speech and your writing. More

The peat shortage: A look at the next harvest
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Paul Short, the president of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association, weighs in on the peat industry's 2012 harvesting plans, the availability of retail peat next spring and other peat-related issues surrounding this year's peat shortage. More

USDA: 'Locally grown' food a $4.8 billion business
The Associated Press via Minneapolis Star-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of "local foods," whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That's a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. More


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