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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.

Writerland Challenge 2013 Week Two Check-In: What Is Success?

Yesterday my five-year-old son opened his fortune cookie, and together we read:

“You have a strong potential for success.”

“What is success?” he wanted to know. Avoiding the temptation to whip out my smart phone and read him the Merriam Webster definition, I began:

“Well, if you want to bake a cake, and your [...]

Writerland Challenge 2013 Week One Check-In

Happy Saturday! It’s time for the first Writerland Challenge Check-In. For those of you who are on Twitter, I have created a list of all the Twitter challengers who gave me their handles. If you are on Twitter and are not yet on the list, leave your Twitter handle below in comments, and I [...]

Forget NaNoWriMo—Take the 2013 Writerland Challenge

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Let’s Set Our Own Writing Goals This Month

Yesterday marked the first day of the 15th annual National Novel Writing Month, and I wish all participants the very best success. Today marks the first [...]

What Makes You Angry?

Per my own advice, I am reading Ryan Holiday’s Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, a disturbing exposé of how marketing people manipulate the public through the media. If you’ve ever been angered or annoyed by American Apparel ads, Holiday has done his job. As the Director of Marketing for [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

When Did You Begin Calling Yourself a Writer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway for a copy of Tom Barbash’s Stay Up With Me! Some of your favorite short stories are:

“Claudia’s Cheeks” by Catherine Travel “Ask Me If I Care” by Jennifer Egan “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]