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Meghan Ward

I'm a freelance writer and book editor represented by Andy Ross of the Andy Ross Literary Agency. You can read an excerpt of my memoir, Paris On Less Than $10,000 A Day, and visit my website for more info about me.

10 Reasons to Start Blogging

Every now and then you read a gloom and doom post about blogging like “Is blogging dead?” or “Where are all the bloggers?” Blogging is far from dead. Some people who were blogging five days a week four years ago may have slowed down or quit because they got burned out, and there’s no question [...]

Four Book Marketing Tips

Last month I posted an interview with SheBooks co-founder Laura Fraser. This month I want to discuss a few things about what I learned by publishing my first book, Runway, and what I plan to do differently next time.

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1. Are you blogging to the wrong audience?

What is [...]

Interview with Shebooks co-founder Laura Fraser

Many of you know that my book Runway: Confessions of a not-so supermodel was published by a new company called Shebooks, which publishes high-quality 10,000-word ebooks written by women. While Runway was published in the beta phase of the company, Shebooks has now launched its subscription service, so you can download its first 40 books [...]

Is Your Writing Good Enough?

Do you ever wonder if your writing is good enough? Like, every day? Do you sometimes wonder whether it’s not the publishing industry but YOU that is the problem? That maybe you don’t have it in you to succeed as a writer? That maybe you should have gone to law school after all? You could, [...]

How to prevent social media from taking over your life (and your writing)

If you’re like me…

You remember that you never RSVP’d to your friend’s book launch, so you log onto Facebook to search for the invitation and you see that another friend finally gave birth to her long overdue baby. You congratulate her. Then you notice that a third friend has posted a fascinating article about [...]

Fashion Model Moms: How will you raise your daughters?

Sorry for the absence this month. After completing a big editing job, I spent last week planning field trips, coloring and hiding eggs, and designing scavenger hunts. This week the kids were on spring break, so I decided—in addition to having them home all week—that I would paint half the interior of the house. Mission [...]

Should You Get a PhD in Creative Writing?

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At AWP in February, one of the best panels I attended was titled “What’s a PhD in Creative Writing Worth?” The conclusions I drew after hearing each panelist speak were:

A) You should only get a PhD in Creative Writing if you plan to teach and [...]

Should You Let Your Daughter Model?

People often ask me, “Will you let you daughter (who is now 4) model when she grows up?” So I decided to make a video to answer the question. If you like it, please share it with your friends!

*To make a three-minute digital story of your own, visit the Center for Digital Storytelling‘s [...]

How to Back Up Your Blog

One day I mentioned to my graphic designer friend Alta Peterson that I had never backed up my blog. This was her response:

OMG you have never backed up??? This is bad…

But of the 5 quatrillion (quatrillion isn’t a real number but it sounds HUGE, doesn’t it?) blog posts I’ve read about blogging, [...]

Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe

It’s that time of year again—time to set your leprechaun traps, get your green on, and make your Irish soda bread! In memory of my mother, who left us 17 years ago this week, the easiest and best Irish soda bread ever:

 

4 c flour 1 1/2 t baking soda 1 [...]