Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

20 yrs journalist + editor for top publications. MFA poetry/nonfiction. I shoot straight + I'm kind. My clients win awards + sell books.

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Overview

Level up your manuscript with sensitive, incisive, market-savvy critique and hands-on editing. With 20+ years in journalism, strategic content development, and creative writing, I bring a unique perspective to your work that combines a sensitive eye and ear for language and your individual voice with deep knowledge of craft, publishing, and what works in the market. I've written and edited for global brands including Martha Stewart, Women's Health, Conde Nast, and others, as well as independent authors and publishers in the US, Canada, and Australia.

December 2020 update: my last two indie authors sold their completed manuscripts to publishers, and one was the recipient of a new nonfiction award in Canada (we're so proud!)


Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Children’s Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Health & Wellbeing
Music
Psychology

Certifications

  • ACES Copyediting Certificate

Work experience

Chief

Self-employed
October, 2010 – Present (almost 11 years)

Full-spectrum editorial services for authors, publications, and mission-driven organizations in the arts, health and fitness, and religion and spirituality.

Services:
- Feature writing
- Ghostwriting
- Structural Editing
- Line Editing
- Copyediting
- Editorial Design
- Proofreading
- Content Calendar Creation
- Production Management
- Voice Development and Manuscript Evaluation

Select Clients include Art Center College of Design, Bonnier Publishing, La Salle University, Los Angeles News Group, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Rodale, Temple University, Wirecard North America, and many others.

Poetry Editor

Rathalla Review
September, 2020 – Present (about 1 year)

Review poetry submissions and consider them for publication in semiannual literary magazine. Lead a team of poet-editors in discussion of craft, voice, and fit within the voice and mission of the publication. Edit poems. Correspond with poets. Collaborate with editorial team to review and ensure quality of the finished product in print and online.

Adjunct Professor, Communications

Rosemont College
July, 2020 – Present (about 1 year)

Design hybrid online/in-class undergraduate courses in Magazine Writing, Marketing Communications, and Photography. Create and deliver presentations on a variety of topics relevant to course material. Counsel students on assignments, research, and other academic matters. Write assignment rubrics and evaluate work based on them. Critique student work and encourage students in their progress toward final portfolio work.

Copy Chief / Executive Editor

Garden Design Magazine
September, 2015 – February, 2017 (over 1 year)

Structural, line, and copy editing for all aspects of this quarterly, ad-free, book-length magazine. Consulting on production management and editorial design best practices, house style, and editorial voice. Wrote headlines, captions, features, and other copy. I started in a copy chief role, then moved into executive editor role.

Copy Chief

Women's Health magazine
April, 2007 – September, 2009 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

J. Michael Barone and Pipedreams: The Organ on Public Radio (American Guild of Organists Monograph Series Book 1)

Haig Mardirosian

Michael Barone celebrates 50 years with Minnesota Public Radio. He was with the original stations that spawned the media giant nearly arom its start. More importantly, he created a unique presence for the organ on the airwaves, produced a trove of original and important recordings, and 35 years ago, created the foremost organ-centered broadcast, Pipedreams. Read the accounts of how this came t... read more

Michael Barone celebrates 50 years with Minnesota Public Radio. He was with the original stations that spawned the media giant nearly arom its start. More importantly, he created a unique presence for the organ on the airwaves, produced a trove of original and important recordings, and 35 years ago, created the foremost organ-centered broadcast, Pipedreams. Read the accounts of how this came t... read more

The Organ on Campus (The American Guild of Organists Monograph Series) (Volume 2)

Haig Mardirosian

While we may, at first glance, assume that the role of the organ on university and music school campuses affects those majoring students who have chosen to earn degrees and pursue careers, we learn that the place of fine instruments on campuses serves goals beyond teaching and learning. What is the real influence and cultural meaning of the organ on campus as told through the eyes of faculty, ... read more

While we may, at first glance, assume that the role of the organ on university and music school campuses affects those majoring students who have chosen to earn degrees and pursue careers, we learn that the place of fine instruments on campuses serves goals beyond teaching and learning. What is the real influence and cultural meaning of the organ on campus as told through the eyes of faculty, ... read more

Vox Humana: Essays about the World of the Pipe Organ and Those Who Play It

Haig Mardirosian

Vox Humana was veteran organist Haig Mardirosian's column in The American Organist, the official journal of the American Guild of Organists as well as the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, which ran monthly for exactly a decade. Appearing in an annotated collection for the first time here, Mardirosian creates an image encompassing both the breadth and depth of the instrument and profe... read more

Vox Humana was veteran organist Haig Mardirosian's column in The American Organist, the official journal of the American Guild of Organists as well as the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, which ran monthly for exactly a decade. Appearing in an annotated collection for the first time here, Mardirosian creates an image encompassing both the breadth and depth of the instrument and profe... read more

American Photo Magazine (January/February 2014)

33 Best Images of the year. Daft Punk Cover.

33 Best Images of the year. Daft Punk Cover.

Garden Design Magazine Summer 2018

Various

Garden Design Magazine

Garden Design Magazine

Women's Health

A lifestyle magazine rooted in health and fitness. Women's Health is filled with actionable and practical advice that you can use today. For women who want to do more, have more, and be more.

A lifestyle magazine rooted in health and fitness. Women's Health is filled with actionable and practical advice that you can use today. For women who want to do more, have more, and be more.

Whole Living MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE [SINGLE ISSUE MAGAZINE]

Whole Living MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE: Format: MAGAZINE Publisher: A MARTHA STEWART PUBLICATION Issue date: 09/2012

Whole Living MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE: Format: MAGAZINE Publisher: A MARTHA STEWART PUBLICATION Issue date: 09/2012

Smiley's The Outsiders

Hassan, Mahamud, Ryan, Meg, Fegan, Nichole, Hassan, Fatuma

Meg has 4 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Mahamud Hassan
Very supportive.

Mahamud Hassan, July 2020


Virginia Koch
Fantastic to work with and a rewarding experience for me. I look forward to working with Meg again.

Virginia Koch, March 2020


Najaam Lee
Meg, actually understood my voice in many ways through my writing. This is my first major book project and she was patient, thorough and really helped me through certain aspects to express my self better. She was my first editor and she brought her years of experience onto my project. I appreciate her and look forward to working with her again in the future. Thank you Meg! Namaste.

Najaam Lee, September 2019

Meg Ryan
Thanks, Najaam! It was such a pleasure to help you bring your first book into the world! It's great to work with a writer who has a clear vision and a distinctive voice. I also loved how open our c...
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Luc Desroches
Meg has helped me tremendously in having a clear and well thought out roadmap for my first book. I highly recommend her!

Luc Desroches, March 2019

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