How marriage changed my relationship with money

Courtesy of the New York Public Library

Dec. 22nd, 2020 marks one year since I married my husband — a feat which I felt certain until the very moment that it happened that I would never accomplish.


Five marketing tools every writer should have in place before publishing their book

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If more than half a decade in small press publishing has taught me anything, it’s that not all writers have a natural knack or intuition for marketing their books. Aside from a few self-marketing savants I’ve worked with, that’s pretty par for the course.


The keys to the independent publishing castle lay in the leg work

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As writers, we often develop a laser focus on our stories. Whether you’re a devoted children’s book author, the queen of Young Adult (YA) literature, or a murder mystery maven, it’s easy to get hung up on the story you want to tell. But to focus solely on the storytelling at hand is to lose the forest for the trees — a dangerous mistake in the world of small press and independent publishing, for it’s the forest, not the trees, which will largely dictate your success as an author.


A country built for protest, yet seemingly beyond reproach

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“If you don’t like it, then why don’t you just leave?”

It’s a phrase we’ve all heard before, once uttered by elementary school children, and now the rallying response of the conservative American right.

The Privilege of Leaving

At its origins, the “just leave” rejoinder is problematic on many levels — not the least of which is the…


Working, gardening, and processing from my postage stamp in Northern Virginia

This week marked eight weeks since my job became 100 percent remote. That’s 56 days, 1,344 hours, and two month’s worth of hives since I stopped looking forward to my next vacation and started looking forward to the next trip to the grocery store.

Friday, March 13th

It’s the last day in the office. No one wears masks, we don’t stand six feet apart. We don’t even know what social distancing really means. But we have been washing our hands emphatically.


Author of the recently released poetry collection, Before the Fevered Snow, now available from Stillhouse Press

Amid a pandemic — and the mothering of two young boys in a time of social distance — Megan releases her fourth collection of poetry, Before the Fevered Snow. What’s it like to publish a book in times of quarantine? Megan shares her thoughts on that and so much more in this interview with the poet.

Moonshine Murmurs: Can you speak a bit to the experience of publishing amid a global pandemic?

Megan Merchant: In…


Forget dogma, taste often, and question everything

The Mosel River in Germany

“Have you seen the movie SOMM?”

As a sommelier, I get this question invariably once a week.


We got this.

We have been hearing it for the better part of a decade now: The national birth rate is falling and it’s a total doomsday scenario.


How younger generations can conquer the moral narrative

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From the minute details recounted on our Facebook pages to our Instagram “stories,” 240-character laments, and Pinterest-inspired DIY needlepoints, for younger generations, the digital narrative has existed for much of our lifetime.


Author of the new grief memoir, Dragonfly Notes: On Distance and Loss

Meghan McNamara

She/Her. @StillhousePress founding editor, marketing maven, creative writer, book fiend, kitty lover, ardent traveler, sommelier, yogi socialist.

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