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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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Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays, everyone! I’m taking a short blogging break to play with my new toys and watch my favorite Christmas specials, but I’ll be back in the New Year with all kinds of great new posts. Enjoy your time off, and have a fantastic New Year. See you in 2013!

Lawrence DePrimo: Why Aren’t We All Buying Shoes for the Homeless?

By now you’ve probably heard about Lawrence DePrimo, better known as the “the shoe cop,” or the cop who bought the homeless man in Times Square a $100 pair of boots. The photo, which has gone viral and which has been featured by every major news outlet, depicts DePrimo kneeling down to offer the man [...]

Traditional Publishing vs Self-Publishing

Today, I’m honored to welcome guest author/blogger Anne R. Allen, whose latest book (the sixth in nine months!) is out TODAY. It is a guide for writers written with Catherine Ryan Hyde (author of the iconic novel Pay it Forward), and it’s called HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE … AND KEEP YOUR [...]

Author Interview: Melanie Gideon

Today, I am honored to share with you an interview with the bestselling author of The Slippery Year, Melanie Gideon. Gideon’s debut novel, Wife 22, is out TODAY, and the best way I can describe it is Bridget Jones for the Facebook generation. Gideon will be reading tonight at A Great Good Place for [...]

A Perfect Eulogy

My friend Shanthi Sekaran, author of The Prayer Room, calls this piece Imperfect Eulogy. I disagree. I think it’s perfect. This piece was first published on Zyzzyva’s blog and is dedicated to Elmer Morrissey.

April 14, 2012. On the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s collision with an iceberg, the eight crew members of the Low [...]

Ben Fountain: Author Interview

Today I had the pleasure to meet Ben Fountain, who came to lunch at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Ben’s first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, debuted this month. His short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, won a PEN/Hemingway award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writers [...]

Should You Hire A Social Media Coach?

I teach social media and blogging classes here at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. In these classes, I explain to writers how to write a great blog post, how to market their services through their blog, Facebook and Twitter, how to create a community of enthusiastic fans of their work, and how to manage their [...]

Best Irish Soda Bread Ever

Remember back in November when I wrote a post titled Are You Blogging To The Wrong Audience? Then I said I was going to start to post about non-writing-related topics once a week, probably on Thursdays? Well that lasted about a month before I got overwhelmed and regressed to blogging once a week and only [...]

Earthquake Preparedness: Are You Ready for The Big One?

In light of this week’s 4.0 earthquake here in the Bay Area, which gave my house in Berkeley a good shake, I want to talk about disaster preparedness this week. I’m no expert, but I have taken a community emergency response team class through a local fire department, and I do have two disaster bins [...]

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 [...]