Meghan Ward's Blog (60)

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] What Makes a Great Blog?

When I teach Blogging for Beginners at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, we get everyone's blogs set up, but that’s the easy part. Learning how to use Wordpress, Blogger, or SquareSpace will get your blog online, but it won’t make you a great blogger. Great blogs have five things in common—quality design, great content, clear layout,…

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Added by Meghan Ward on May 28, 2015 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 10 Things You Should Take to Every Writers Conference

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I thought I was so prepared at AWP 15 this year, but there were a few essentials I didn’t take that would have made my conference run much smoother:…

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Added by Meghan Ward on May 6, 2015 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Twitter and Pirates (the real kind)

Social media has many raisons d’être—to advertise, to entertain, to build relationships with other people—and every now and then there’s an opportunity to use it for a greater good, whether to raise money for a great cause or to help a fella out. This is one of those opportunities.

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Added by Meghan Ward on April 2, 2015 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 7 Tools for Blocking Distractions

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Today, social media is an important component of a writer’s life, but it’s equally important to know when to turn it off. For some of us, this is no easy task, which…

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Added by Meghan Ward on February 9, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] My Favorite Social Media Tools

Social Media: Sigh. We know we need to do it in order to build our author platforms so we can get agents and book deals and make money selling those books, but it can be exhausting. And it never ends. You tweet and you post and you circle and you link and you connect and you Instagram, and then you wake up the next morning and have to do it all over again. When are you supposed to spend time with your family and (IRL) friends? When are you supposed to get…

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Added by Meghan Ward on January 22, 2015 at 12:30pm — 19 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How to Achieve Your Writing Goals for Just Pennies!

If you're a typical writer, you made all kinds of New Year's resolutions this month:

"I will publish 3 articles in national magazines."

"I will complete the first draft of my novel."

"I will get an agent by June."

"I will get my memoir PUBLISHED this year!"

And if…

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Added by Meghan Ward on January 12, 2015 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 5 Great Ways to Network Over the Holidays

While the holidays are a great time to take a break from the usual craziness of daily life, they're also a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and family you've been neglecting while busy working and parenting and writing all year. If you're traveling to see family, use this time to reconnect with those who…

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Added by Meghan Ward on December 24, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 3 Tips for Attending Writing Conferences

I had the fortune to attend the BlogHerPro conference in Redwood City with Shebooks last week. What fun! I'll be sharing what I learned about blogging in the…

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Added by Meghan Ward on December 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 7 Reasons I’m Thankful for You

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Whether your day will be filled with turkey or Tofurkey, au gratin potatoes or gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie (mine will be filled with both), I wish everyone a wonderful time eating, relaxing and spending time with family and friends this weekend.

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Added by Meghan Ward on November 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] What are you afraid of?

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I've been thinking about fear lately. When I attended the BlogHer '13 conference in Chicago, Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook and author of Lean In) urged us to "Write down what you are afraid of, then go do it." I thought about what I wanted to do but was too afraid to do. At the moment it was to blog about race. My fear was that, as a white person, I would be…

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Added by Meghan Ward on October 30, 2014 at 12:30pm — 13 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Instantly Increase Your Followers on Instagram

Over the past month and a half, I've given you tips on using LinkedIn and…

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Added by Meghan Ward on October 16, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Social Media: A Waste of Time?

Brooke Warner wrote a wonderful post this week titled Your Author Platform Is Not Your Social Media Following in response to an article in Creative Nonfiction titled…

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Added by Meghan Ward on October 2, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Getting Good at Goodreads

Two weeks ago, I  talked about how to improve your presence on LinkedIn. Today I want to talk about how you can make the most of your Goodreads account.

 

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Added by Meghan Ward on September 4, 2014 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 13 Ways to Improve Your Presence on LinkedIn

It's easy to get caught up with Facebook and Twitter and forget all about your LinkedIn account until you're out of a job. But LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network, with 300 million users, and the fifth largest social network in the United States,…

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Added by Meghan Ward on August 21, 2014 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Social Networking is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

A few years ago, some bloggers decided to take up "Slow Blogging" to combat the race to blog every day, Monday through Friday, week after week, month after month. They slowed their pace to one post a week. At…

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Added by Meghan Ward on July 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — 25 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 10 Reasons to Start Blogging NOW



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 that there are more bloggers than ever…
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Added by Meghan Ward on June 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] What I Learned About Networking By Publishing a Book

Last month I posted an interview with SheBooks co-founder Laura Fraser. This month I want to tell you what I learned by publishing my first book and…

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Added by Meghan Ward on June 12, 2014 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Interview with Shebooks co-founder Laura Fraser

My memoir, Runway: Confessions of a not-so supermodel, was recently released by a new company called Shebooks, which publishes high-quality 10,000-word ebooks written by women. This week I want to share with you an…

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Added by Meghan Ward on May 29, 2014 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How to prevent social media from taking over your life

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 orcas and having just watched Blackfish, you can't help but click the link. Oddly, you recognize the name of the author of…

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Added by Meghan Ward on May 1, 2014 at 2:00am — 15 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Should You Get a PhD in Creative Writing? The Pros and Cons

While networking at AWP in February, I attended a panel titled "What's a PhD in Creative Writing Worth?" Following are answers from four writers with PhDs in Creative Writing from various universities:

 

Will Donnelly

MFA from…

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Added by Meghan Ward on April 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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