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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.

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, [...]

Transmedia Storytelling: A Guide for Authors

A phrase that’s been buzzing around the Internet lately is “transmedia storytelling.” But what is it? And how does it affect you as a writer? Transmedia storytelling is the technique of telling a single story using multiple platforms and technologies in order to expand your audience through multiple avenues of engagement. For example, a YA [...]

Author Interview: Tom Barbash

Today I want to welcome Tom Barbash, author of the short story collection Stay Up With Me, which hits bookstores TODAY. (See below for a list of Tom’s Bay Area readings.) Tom is the author of the novel The Last Good Chance and the bestselling nonfiction work On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, [...]

What Are Your All-Time Favorite Books?

As a young adult, I always enjoyed scouring people’s bookshelves to see what they liked to read and to get ideas for new books to devour. Today, with so many people reading e-books, bookshelves are beginning to disappear. Last year, I moved the last of my books to the basement and filled my living [...]

Why Do You Write?

Lately I’ve been thinking about how I can steer my three-year-old daughter toward a career in engineering. She has a knack for putting things together, and oh how much I’d rather she became an engineer like her father than a writer like her mother. (I read, by the way, that the way to do [...]

The Literary Canon—What Books Should Be Required Reading?

Last week, a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto presented this dilemma: She had a Latino American high school student in one of her classes who didn’t feel he was prepared for college because he felt that his high school reading list was dominated by Latino and African American writers and that he [...]

Paris On Less Than $10,000 A Day

Many of you know that I have written a memoir titled Paris On Less Than $10,000 a Day about the six years I spent working as a fashion model in Europe and Japan in the late 80s and early 90s. Here is one story from that book, told at the Porchlight storytelling series in San [...]

Author Interview: Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton

Today I’d like to welcome my friends and colleagues here at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto Caroline Paul, author, and Wendy MacNaughton, illustrator, whose book, Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology hit bookstores yesterday. The talented Caroline Paul has two previously published books, Fighting Fire, a memoir about the 13 [...]

Should You Crowdsource Your Book?

Today I want to welcome author and nature photographer Mike Spinak, who is here to talk to us about his children’s book Growing Up Humming (which is wonderful; I bought two copies), his behemoth following on Google+ (45,710 people have circled him), and why he crowdsourced his book (Mike funded the publication of Growing Up [...]