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December Quill & Trowel available
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The December issue of the Quill & Trowel newsletter is posted in the members area of the GWA website. To view your copy, click here. More

Region V registration closes soon
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Dec. 23 is the last chance to sign up for the Region V meeting Jan. 6 at the National Green Centre trade show in St. Louis. Get free admission to the trade exhibits. Details. More

Enjoy the excitement of gardening with your GWA Holiday Gift
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Our gift to you this holiday season is a FREE copy of Peter Gierlach's (AKA Petey Mesquitey) intriguing keynote presentation from the 2012 Annual Symposium in Tucson, Ariz. This narrative shares Petey's many rich and humorous stories of gardening in the wild borderlands of Southeastern Arizona. Details. More

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Final call for presentations
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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

GWA holiday schedule
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The GWA office will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. We wish all members a happy holiday season and a great New Year for 2013.

Instagram apologizes to users: We won't sell your photos
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Instagram apologized to its users, saying it will "remove" language from its legal terms that would have let it sell users' photos or use them in advertisements. In a blog post, Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said it's "our mistake that this language is confusing" and that the company is "working on updated language." "Since making these changes, we've heard loud and clear that many users are confused and upset about what the changes mean," he wrote. More

Penguin settles with Department of Justice in e-book pricing case
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Penguin, which is merging with Random House, has settled with the Department of Justice in the e-book pricing lawsuit, the DOJ announced. The DOJ sued Apple, Penguin and four other publishers in April for conspiring to set e-book prices. Penguin had planned to fight the case in court, along with Apple and Macmillan, but the company's pending merger with Random House compelled it to get the litigation out of the way. More

Amazon's 2012 bestseller list shows publishers, indie authors need each other
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By Laura Hazard Owen: Amazon released its list of the bestselling books of 2012. The list is a great summary of one of the key themes in book publishing in 2012: Self-published authors and traditional publishers need each other. In October, Publishing Perspectives editor-in-chief Ed Nawotka wrote a story that's stuck with me. "What Author Could Possibly Need a Publisher?" appeared in Publishing Perspectives' Frankfurt Book Fair daily. More

3 easy tools for building a professional website
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These days, finding freelance (or even full-time) work without an established and thoughtful web presence is next to impossible. It's important to have an online presence that’s "Google-ready," with a smart-looking website that shows off your professional work in a formal yet stylish setting, to lure publications into your professional brand and show them your best work. More

No big hits, but bookshops say they're thriving
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Last year, there was a clear winner among books for the holiday gift of choice: "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson. This year, despite a lineup of offerings from literary heavyweights, many of whom have commanded strong sales in the past, there has not been a breakout hit for the holiday season, booksellers say. Books like Bob Woodward's "Price of Politics," Tom Wolfe's "Back to Blood" and Salman Rushdie's "Joseph Anton" have each sold well under 100,000 copies by the end of last week, according to Nielsen Bookscan. More

Average price of e-book best-seller slides below $9 to lowest point yet
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As retailers have gained control over pricing for e-books from major publishers, they've wasted no time in discounting those titles. That discounting, combined with the success of lower-priced e-books has pushed the average price of an e-book best-seller down to its lowest point since we started measuring it. It's the second week in a row the list hit a low. The average price of a best-selling e-book for the week ending on Saturday, Dec. 15, was $8.84, down from $9.06 the week prior. More

How to find the perfect writing spot
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By Chuck Sambuchino: I always find it interesting to learn where writers actually do their writing. There are the usual suspects — coffee shops, group writing spaces, home offices, local parks — most of which I've used at one point or another. (There's one coffee shop in particular where I should probably be paying rent by now.) But there are also the not-so-traditional spots. For me, these are the gold mine. I find that writing in unorthodox venues helps stir up more inspiration than if I were sitting at my desk. More


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