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Symposium presentation recordings now available
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GWA's Annual Symposium speaker presentations, handouts and audio recordings are available below. Free session materials are shown under each session description. To purchase audio recordings of each presentation, please click on the shopping cart icon located beneath each session description and click the Paypal logo to complete your shopping process. Download individual session audio files for $5 each. More

The merger apocalypse
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In the past, consolidation has been very bad for professional editors. Somehow these mergers and purchases needed to be paid for and with supposedly declining sales in bookworld, the way to pay for the merger was to cut expenses. The primary way to cut expenses has been to cut costs in areas that consumers do not see or notice until too late, thus primarily in editorial and book production. More

New stats: E-books still growing, but more slowly
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The newest statistics from the Association of American Publishers show that publishers' e-book revenue is still increasing — but, as has been true for several months now, they are no longer seeing triple-digit growth in adult fiction and nonfiction e-books. In its latest "StatShot," the AAP reported 1,186 publishers' net revenue for August 2012, the latest month for which figures are available and for the year to date. More

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Region I meeting at New England Grows Feb. 8
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Our theme is Promoting What We Love: Plants & Our Profession. New plants and meeting new marketing challenges. AND, members get FREE registration to New England GROWS! (You will receive a code AFTER you register for the Region I meeting that can be used for complimentary registration for all three days of the trade show.) More

The best and worst things about freelancing
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By Susannah Breslin: Why do freelancers become freelancers? What are the best things about freelancing? What are the worst? How much money do they make? I reached out to other freelancers to get their views and advice on becoming independent contractors. More

GWA Writers Workshop scheduled for Jan. 4
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Learn how to use the Internet to build your reputation and your business. This workshop takes you in-depth to build your authority through social media. We'll discuss tools, tips and techniques you can put to work immediately. This is a mid-level course. Participants should already be comfortable using search engines to surf the Internet, and they should be familiar with one or more social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. More

Can the Internet save the novel?
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In case this is the first article you've come across about the relationship between the internet, novels and their authors, here's a quick recap of the last few years: the internet is eroding attention spans and triggering the novel's demise, click by deleterious click. Philip Roth saw it coming in 2010, when he expressed concern that the "multiple screens" vying against the novel were causing its decline. More

Garden Writers Pack Trail Special Tour April 6-11
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Join fellow garden communicators on a fast-paced tour of the California Pack Trials. See what the best growers will be bringing to market for the 2013 gardening season. Space is limited and the registration deadline is Jan. 1; so, act now while seats are available. More

3 quiet fears that stop writers from writing
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By Janna Malamud Smith: An 80-plus-year-old friend of mine is on a one-woman campaign to eliminate the word "iconic" from public discourse. She's got a point. But my own current choice for vocabulary to vaporize is "creative," as in "I can't write or make art because I'm not creative." I suspect that creativity is simply a slightly more desperate form of problem solving, and its presence or absence is not likely what's making it hard for anyone to write well. More

GWA Region V meeting at National Green Centre on Jan. 6
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Join Region V members for breakfast with Dr. Michel Dirr, hort heartthrobs on the runway and a green industry trade show with more than 100 vendors from coast to coast for the GWA Region V meeting on Sunday, Jan. 6. Your GWA meeting registration includes both days, Jan. 6-7, of The National Green Centre trade show, sponsored by the Western Nurserymen's Association, and all its educational programming. More

Publishers in 'dream' position
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Publishers have "done a lot right" and are standing in a much stronger position in the digital market compared with three years ago, Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne told delegates at The Bookseller's FutureBook 2012 Conference in London. In a keynote speech, Redmayne said there had been too much negativity in the industry and that publishers were now in a position they would have thought "a dream" a couple of years back. More

Selling the Excitement: GWA Speakers Workshop Feb. 23
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This workshop will show you many tricks of the professional speaking trade that will guarantee repeat bookings and rave reviews. Learn how to perfect your presentations and better market yourself to broader audiences. Find out how to craft stories that make your points "sticky," add original humor, improve visuals and refine your body language. Discover how to make all your topics resonate with any audience. More

Revenues increase for Nook even as losses mount
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Revenues from its Nook device and digital content division increased by nearly $10 million in its second-quarter, but Barnes & Noble couldn't stop the bleeding for the unit as it continued to pile on the losses. While revenue increased for Barnes & Noble's Nook to $160.3 million from $151.8 million in the same period a year prior, losses also increased to $51.4 million from $50.8 million a year ago. More

Rethinking the way we publish online
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Whether you call it "shovelware" or use fancier words like "skeuomorphic," there's a pretty clear preference on the part of many publishers for creating an online or mobile experience that looks as much as possible like the physical magazine or newspaper it is intended to replace — something Apple reinforces with its Newsstand platform, which has virtual shelves with tiny virtual magazine covers and newspaper front pages. More

6 essential issues in any e-book contract negotiation
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Publishers and authors are shaping new standard contracts as the industry shifts toward digital-first and e-original book publishing. As opposed to big publishers, which are thought to pay authors a standard e-book royalty of 25 percent, new independent e-book publishers like The Atavist, Open Road Media and OR Books, can and do pay authors substantially more. But on what terms? More

Barnes & Noble decides purchased e-books are only yours until your credit card expires
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DRM rears its ugly, malformed, malignant, cross-eyed head again. Despite the fact that, as Cory Doctorow so aptly put it, no one has ever purchased anything because it came with DRM, an ever-slimming number of content providers insist on punishing paying customers with idiotic "anti-piracy" schemes. More

3M launches e-book lending service at metro libraries
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Forget all those tiny Dewey Decimal stickers on the spines of books. 3M's library business has gone digital. Last month, the conglomerate unveiled its eBook Lending Service in libraries in Minnesota's Ramsey, Dakota and Washington counties. It's the first big rollout in Minnesota since 3M started a pilot program with the St. Paul Public Library in April. More


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