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Will publishers kill Amazon's golden goose?
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Amazon, which usually doesn't get too specific about details of its sales, apparently felt the need to crow about the Kindle. The company claims to have sold 1 million a week for the past three weeks. It's hot news, fueled in no small part by the Kindle Fire tablet. But while Amazon congratulates itself and tries to intimidate would-be competitors, publishers are potentially pouring cold water on the retailer's ardor. More

GWA Classroom Podcast #16: Creating Video
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In this episode of GWA's Classroom Podcast, Jean Ann Van Krevelen and Ellen Wells talk about tools for promoting your book online. Join in and learn about both traditional marketing and new marketing tools for building readership on the web. More

E-book readers face sticker shock
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Cheap new e-readers are expected to be one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. But new owners of Kindles and Nooks may be in for sticker shock on Christmas morning: The price gap between the print and e-versions of some top sellers has now narrowed to within a few dollars — and in some cases, e-books are more expensive than their printed equivalents. 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 Media Awards entry discount ends Dec. 31
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Take advantage of the early entry fee discount by submitting awards entries with a postmark of Dec. 31. Regular entry fees start Jan. 1 through the final entry deadline of Jan. 31, 2012. More

Amazon says long term and means it
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In 1997, the year went public, its chief executive, Jeff Bezos, issued a manifesto: "It's all about the long term," he said. He warned shareholders "we may make decisions and weigh tradeoffs differently than some companies" and urged them to make sure that a long-term approach "is consistent with your investment policy." 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.

New social media marketing training guide available
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Jean Ann Van Krevelen of White Willow Media has completed the seventh social media training guide for 2011. This free member resource focuses on how to create a social media marketing plan. More

Don't support your local bookseller
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Amazon just did a boneheaded thing, and it deserves all the scorn you want to heap on it. Recently, the company offered people cash in exchange for going into retail stores and scanning items using the company's Price Check smartphone app. If you scanned a product and then purchased it from Amazon rather than the shop you were standing in, Amazon would give you a 5 percent discount on the sale. More

Amsterdam - Hybrid Tomato

Just like a work of art by the great Dutch Masters. Amsterdam is sure to wow you with its sweet flavor. In our trials this year, Amsterdam had one of the highest brix levels of all tomato varieties. Brix levels are indicators of sugar levels in produce. If you like a sweet tasting grape tomato then you should try Amsterdam. more

Region I early registration deadline ends Jan. 13
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Register today to attend the GWA Region I meeting at New England Grows in Boston. More

Publishing insider tipped law firms about e-book price fixing
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The decision by major publishers to strike a pricing deal with Apple has been the source of speculation and several antitrust investigations. Now, a new court filing suggests someone inside the industry was leaking the publishers' pricing strategy. In a brief filed in New York federal court, law firm Grant & Eisenhofer said it should get to represent consumers because it has special knowledge about how the scheme took place. More

Winter tough inside and beautiful on the outside

Who says you have to sacrifice good looks for hardiness? Penstemon ‘Prairie Twilight’ has a myriad of small tubular flowers that put on a dazzling show, and its prairie heritage lets it shrug off nasty winters. Dainty flowers have white tips and throats, and the wide, lance-shaped leaves sit on sturdy, erect stems. Heavy bloomer in May through mid-July. From Blooms of Bressingham®.

Experimenting with serials for fun and profit
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Bring up the topic of serials in the writing community (either online or off), and it doesn't take long for someone to invoke the success of Charles Dickens. But does a strategy that surged in popularity during the Victorian Era still have relevance to today's writers and readers? Both new and established authors are finding the answer is a resounding yes, and point to a growing demand for serial work. More

How not to blog: Beginning blogging for authors Part II
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This is aimed at authors who are trying to build platform. If you're only blogging for yourself and your cat, skip this — you can go watch that DVD again. Note: This is not meant to be taken as dogma. There are exceptions to every rule, and creative people are all about being exceptional. If something different works for you, go for it! More

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Teachers publish their own textbooks
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When David Rockwood, a teacher at Payson High School in Utah, decided to combine two of his areas of expertise — athletics and psychology — into a new course, he ran into one major roadblock: There were no sports psychology textbooks targeted to a high school audience. So, he decided to write one himself. More

Landscaping is a top home-improvement priority
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While survey data shows landscaping ranks just eighth among home-improvement priorities, the demand for smaller projects and improvements for smaller spaces is on the rise. Landscaping ranks eighth nationally in top home-improvement priorities according to a study conducted by Houzz, "an online community for home design enthusiasts." More

Garden trends for 2012
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In today's world where news travels at the click of a mouse and technology changes at the speed of now, people are finding balance and purpose tapping into the power of plants and cultivating a "new good life." Recent garden trends unveiled at the FloraHolland Trade Fair focused upon the benefits of plants as the 3 V's: Vital, Vogue and Voyage. Plants are necessary for health (Vital); for their versatility and ability to elicit emotions (Vogue); and for their cross cultural influence (Voyage). More


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