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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.

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2011 Books in Review

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s almost 2012? I feel like I’m living in the future.

Sierra Godfrey’s post last week reminded me that I used to wrap up the year with a list of the books I’d read that year. My goal is always to read two books a month, and with two [...]

Interview with Red Room founder and CEO Ivory Madison

Some of you may be familiar with Red Room, a social network and marketing platform for authors that boasts superstar members like Margaret Atwood, Naomi Wolf, Jonathan Lethem, Erica Jong, Salman Rushdie, Dave Eggers, and Amy Tan. What you may not know is that on October 24, Red Room launched the “the world’s only authors’ [...]

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas or another holiday this week, Happy Holidays! I won’t be online much over the weekend, but I’ll be back next Tuesday and Thursday with two great new posts. Meanwhile, what is your favorite holiday tradition? Stringing popcorn? (I did that once when I was a kid and gave up [...]

8 ways to help someone in need

Last year around this time, I read a blog post about how to help homeless people. It gave a list of items they could use, like soap and combs and toothbrushes and washcloths, and suggested carrying Subway gift certificates and a list of agencies that help homeless people in your car. I wanted to put [...]

Models and sexual abuse

I recently came across this article about supermodel Karen Mulder. I used to do fashion shows with Karen back in the late 80s/early 90s, although I’m not sure I ever spoke with her. I remember a friend telling me that she had roomed with Karen when Karen was just an ordinary model like the rest [...]

How to Combat Writer Envy

Check it out! New blog design to match the rest of my website. This is a work-in-progress, so if you find any glitches, please let me know, and I will remedy them as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, feel free to click around to check out my new digs right after you read this post:

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25 Ways to Build Your Author Platform Before Your Book is Published

If you’re a writer, you’ve had the importance of building your “author platform” drilled into your head like the multiplication tables were in fourth grade. Most people associate building an author platform with Facebook and a blog, but there are many ways to create a following. Here are 25:

1. Blog Not every writer needs [...]

34-24-34: The truth about fashion models

A friend of mine sent me a link to fashion model Jenna Sauer’s (aka Tatiana Anymodel’s) interview on Jezebel.com with the note, “I wish you could do this questionnaire too—I’d like to see your answers vs “Tatiana’s!” Well friend, here they are. But first, a little background about me:

When I was 18, I moved [...]