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GWA Special Interest Group update
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The pilot project task force for the Social Media SIG has posted an update on its progress. Members interested in social media marketing and technology can visit the GWA website for the latest information and a recording of the last SIG planning teleconference. More

Last chance to sign up for the Writers Internet Workshop.
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Jan. 4 in St. Louis — Learn how to: mine social media, manage FB profiles, pages and groups, use Twitter to find new customers, leverage a blog to get attention for your business, create Pinterest boards for potential buyers and effectively use mobile technology in this mid-level workshop for ALL GWA members. Registration deadline is Dec. 23, so act today. More

2013 Symposium Call for Presentations ends Dec. 28
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The GWA Symposium Program Committee is accepting presentation proposals from speakers for the 2013 symposium to be held Aug. 16-19 in Quebec, Canada. There is particular interest in proposals that address core competency topics developed by the GWA Education Committee. All online applications must be received no later than Dec. 28. More

AzaMax is a concentrated all natural broad spectrum pest control, antifeedant and insect growth regulator, controls pests through starvation and growth disruption for a broad variety of plant applications. Effectively controls spider mites, thrips, fungus gnats, aphids, whiteflies, leaf miners, worms, beetles, leafhoppers, scales, mealy bugs, nematodes and other soil borne pests. Can be applied up to the time or day of harvest. more

Garden Writers Pack Trial Tour deadline — Jan. 1
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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

Region V to meet at National Green Centre — Jan. 6
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Hear Michael Dirr, Coach Vince Dooley, Sally Benson, Maria Zampini, Jennifer Hatalski, Linda Nitchman and get free admission to the National Green Centre trade show in St. Louis at the Region V winter meeting. Optional tour of MBG Climatron offers unique experience. Registration deadline is Dec. 23. More

Nominations open for 2013 GWA honors candidates
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Members can recognize the achievements of their peers with a 2013 Honors nomination. To honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the GWA objectives, please complete a nomination form. The choices for Honors this year are Fellow, Honorary Member, Hall of Fame and Wilfred J. Jung Distinguished Service Medal. More

2012 Symposium recordings available
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GWA's Annual Symposium speaker presentations, handouts and audio recordings are now available. Free session materials are shown under each session description. Download individual session audio files for just $5 each. More

Sell the Excitement: GWA speaker's workshop — Feb. 23, Allentown, Pa.
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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

GWA Region I to meet at New England Grows — Feb. 8
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Promoting What We Love: Plants & Our Profession is the topic. You get free registration at New England GROWS! if you register for this meeting. Do not register or pay for the trade show before you sign up for the GWA meeting! After paying for this regional meeting, you'll be given a code that will allow you to register free for the trade show. Bring a tote bag or two. Several businesses are generously donating products and samples for each attendee to take home, but it's up to you to bring your own Swag Bag. More

Authors exercise their 'write' to self-publish
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Richard Paul Evans went from a 700-square-foot Salt Lake City house to a much larger one, all because of a little tale he wrote for his daughters. Did he think he could sell it and that everyone would fall in love with his book? Negative, Evans said. "The idea of being a novelist is really romantic, but it's kind of the same as being president of the United States — it's not gonna happen," he said. More

How to shoot video from a smartphone like a pro
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These days, carrying around a full video rig is the last thing a journalist wants to do when in the middle of important breaking news. Thankfully, the smartphone is rapidly becoming the go-to option for capturing news as it happens, and the rise of HD quality video in such a small package means that more important and newsworthy moments are being captured and shared throughout the world. More

When self-published e-books become best-sellers
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What do publishers do in a world where anyone can publish a book? It's a question with a good answer. What isn't as clear is what publishers do in a world where anyone can be publish a best-seller. One of the interesting trends in the e-book revolution is that established authors who have had long-standing relationships with large publishers have in some cases decided to abandon those publishers and go it alone. More

E-reader shipments expected to drop in 2013
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As you could probably guess from E-ink's quarterly statements, this has not been a banner year for e-readers. The screen tech company has reported a marked drop in income, indicating that fewer e-readers were being made this year than last. And if iSuppli's projections prove true, next year's e-reader market is going to look even worse. More

For PC virus victims, pay or else
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Kidnappers used to make ransom notes with letters cut out of magazines. Now, notes simply pop up on your computer screen, except the hostage is your PC. In the past year, hundreds of thousands of people across the world have switched on their computers to find distressing messages alerting them that they no longer have access to their PCs or any of the files on them. More

7 productivity myths, debunked by science (and common sense)
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The end goal of "productivity" is to spend less time doing the things you have to do so you have more time for the things you want to do. Of course, if you follow every morsel of productivity advice out there, you probably spend more time moving papers and emails around than actually getting anything done. Need to simplify your routine? Let's put an end to some common productivity tropes once and for all. More


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