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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.

Is Social Media a Waste of Time for Writers?

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In response an article in Creative Nonfiction titled “Platforms” Are Overrated, SheWrites Press publisher Brooke Warner wrote a great post titled Your Author Platform is Not Your Social Media Following. The quick summary of Brooke’s post is that social media is just one piece of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Blogging Classes Start This Week!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have two blogging classes starting in the next week at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Blogging for Beginners starts this Wednesday, January 29, and I still have two openings. My Six-Week Blogging Workshop begins the following Monday, Feb. 3, and four spaces are available. [...]

Six Ways to Build Your Author Platform

Tuesday night, I had the privilege of attending Sin and Syntax author Constance Hale’s class The Book Biz from A to Z at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. One of the topics that arose was platform.

Today, every agent and editor wants to know that you have a platform before representing/buying your book. But [...]

Hottest Social Networks of 2014

 

 

In 2012, Twitter and Pinterest rose to prominence, and Facebook bought Instagram and went public. In 2013, Twitter released Vine and went public, Google+ starting gaining traction, and SnapChat turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook. What will 2014 bring?

 

1. Google+, Google+, Google+

2014 is going to be all [...]

5 Easy Ways to Promote Your Book

Last month I wrote about how NOT to promote your book. This week, I want to talk about a few ways you SHOULD promote your book and other writing.

1. Include your website, Facebook page, Twitter handle, etc. in the signature on all your emails. Include your email and Twitter handle (at a minimum) [...]

Medium: A Better Blogging Platform for Authors?

Everyone’s been talking about Medium lately. Alexis Madrigal wrote a post about it for The Atlantic. I’ve received multiple invitations from writers who are looking for feedback on drafts of work they’ve posted on Medium. Students in my Blogging for Beginners class have been talking about Medium. But what is Medium? And should you be [...]

How NOT to Promote Your Book

Don’t do this to your friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a common scenario.

I say to a friend, “I wonder what Sarah is up to. I haven’t heard from her since we were in that writers’ group three years ago.”

Friend: “I haven’t heard from her either. I googled her once, [...]