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Marketing Tip: Link Your Blog Posts to Goodreads and Amazon

When it comes to author blogging, there are two questions I hear more than any others:1.    What should I blog about?2.    How can I get people to read my blog?Regarding the content of your blog, that's up to you. For the most part, I like to blog about grammar, book marketing, and the writing process itself, but other authors take a more personal approach and share details about their daily lives. Those who write nonfiction often blog about the topics covered in their books to present…See More
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Marketing Tip: Link Your Blog Posts to Goodreads and Amazon

When it comes to author blogging, there are two questions I hear more than any others:1.    What should I blog about?2.    How can I get people to read my blog?Regarding the content of your blog, that's up to you. For the most part, I like to blog about grammar, book marketing, and the writing process itself, but other authors take a more personal approach and share details about their daily lives. Those who write nonfiction often blog about the topics covered in their books to present…See More
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Watch Those Dangling Participles

If there is one grammar term that I never understood until recently, it was "dangling participle." Now that I finally know what it means, I thought I'd explain it here.A participle is a form of a verb. For example, writing and written are participles of the verb to write. I am writing this blog post (present participle) I have written this blog post (past participle) A dangling participle is when a present participle, usually at the beginning of a sentence, doesn't modify the subject. As a…See More
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Marketing Tip: Ask Your Fans to Promote You

If you're like most authors, promoting your work doesn't come naturally to you. The same goes for the vast majority of your readers. They may love your book(s), but it would never occur to them to actively spread the word. And even if they want to help get the word out, they probably don't know how. That's why marketing is so hard!One way to get your fans to help you is to create a list of easy ways they can promote your work. Then, when readers tell you they enjoyed your writing, you can thank…See More
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Who I am:
The story of how I became an author is a little crazy. I used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so I quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While I was down there I decided to write a novel, which was something I'd always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and a LOT of perseverance to land a publishing contract, and I'm now the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly), plus Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, and 2015 International Book Award winner Cassidy Lane. I also provide consulting services to aspiring and/or published authors. And yes, I still play a lot of soccer!
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.mariamurnane.com
@mariamurnane.com
www.mariamurnane.com/blog
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two), as well as Cassidy Lane, Katwalk and Wait for the Rain.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
I'm a paid blogger for CreateSpace -- I began as a self-published author but got picked up by Amazon Publishing after a year of doing a lot of creative marketing for my first novel, so I share what I've learned about book marketing and about writing in general.
My writing is:
Fiction
Services I offer to other writers:
On my website I have two on-demand webinars for sale:

1) How to get published: learn the secrets to getting your book into print...and mistakes to avoid along the way

2) How to market a book: smart, creative advice for getting the word to the right ears

Both are available at www.mariamurnane.com
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy Wicoff

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Marketing Tip: Link Your Blog Posts to Goodreads and Amazon

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 9:16am 0 Comments

When it comes to author blogging, there are two questions I hear more than any others:

1.    What should I blog about?

2.    How can I get people to read my blog?

Regarding the content of your blog, that's up to you. For the most part, I like to blog about grammar, book marketing, and the writing process itself, but other authors take a more personal approach and share details about their daily lives. Those who write nonfiction often blog about the topics…

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Watch Those Dangling Participles

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 8:54am 1 Comment

If there is one grammar term that I never understood until recently, it was "dangling participle." Now that I finally know what it means, I thought I'd explain it here.

participle is a form of a verb. For example, writing and written are participles of the verb to write. 

  • I am writing this blog post (present participle)
  •  I have written this blog post (past participle)

 

dangling…

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Marketing Tip: Ask Your Fans to Promote You

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 10:24am 0 Comments

If you're like most authors, promoting your work doesn't come naturally to you. The same goes for the vast majority of your readers. They may love your book(s), but it would never occur to them to actively spread the word. And even if they want to help get the word out, they probably don't know how. That's why marketing is so hard!

One way to get your fans to help you is to create a list of easy ways they can promote your work. Then, when readers tell you they enjoyed your…

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Examples of "Show Vs. Tell"

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 10:17am 0 Comments

If you're an author, aspiring or published, chances are you've heard of "show vs. tell," but that doesn't necessarily mean you have a solid grasp on what it means. At times I struggle with the concept myself, as evidenced by the "Stop telling!" comments my editor makes on the early drafts of my novels.

I recently read a book that helped me understand why it's so important to show and not tell. Throughout the novel the author explicitly told me how the characters were feeling…

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At 8:50am on February 10, 2012, Diane O'Connell said…

Great to be your friend here, as well in in the "real" world!

At 11:41am on June 21, 2011, Jill Starishevsky said…

Hi Maria,

Welcome to She Writes. Feel free to reach out if you need anything.

 

Jill Starishevsky

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Hi Maria, welcome to She Writes! We're glad to have you here. You can use the Getting Started section to help you find your way around. Let us know if you have any questions!

 

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