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Jennifer Worrell commented on the blog post 'Nail That Elevator Pitch'
"I have asked this of a few people but I can't seem to get an answer.  I have a pitch (MS is still a work in progress) but how do you answer this casually, to friends/family/etc.?  I don't want to sound like I'm actually…"
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Nancy Babcock commented on the blog post 'Nail That Elevator Pitch'
"Thanks, Maria--those are helpful, and I think short & sweet one-liners like that are the best for sure."
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Maria Murnane commented on the blog post 'Nail That Elevator Pitch'
"@Nancy, the elevator pitch for my most recent book (Wait for the Rain) was "Three college friends reunite on a tropical island to celebrate turning forty." The one before that (Cassidy Lane) was "An unxpected romance sparked at a…"
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Bella Mahaya Carter commented on the blog post 'Nail That Elevator Pitch'
"This is great! Thanks for posing this, Maria. It's so important to be able to answer “What's your book about?” masterfully. I recently read this post, which also shines light on the elevator…"
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Nail That Elevator Pitch

If you're an aspiring author, get ready to hear the following question approximately 10 billion times:"What's your book about?"As you already know if you've already written a book, pretty much everyone and anyone in your life will ask you that question, from people you know well to people you just met in the waiting room at your dentist's office. So it's really important to be able to answer it quickly.Short and sweet. Make it count. Pique their interest.You get the point.If you start…See More
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Nail That Elevator Pitch

If you're an aspiring author, get ready to hear the following question approximately 10 billion times:"What's your book about?"As you already know if you've already written a book, pretty much everyone and anyone in your life will ask you that question, from people you know well to people you just met in the waiting room at your dentist's office. So it's really important to be able to answer it quickly.Short and sweet. Make it count. Pique their interest.You get the point.If you start…See More
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That Vs. Which

On the heels of my post about when to use "who" vs. "that," today I thought I'd address an equally thorny differentiation: "that" vs. "which." Mind you, somehow I managed to receive a degree in English without learning the difference between "that" and "which," so don't feel bad if you have no clue. It wasn't until I was in graduate school that my friend Debbie laid it out for me, clear as…See More
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Who I am:
I'm a best-selling author and keynote speaker, and I also provide consulting services to aspiring and/or published authors.
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:
I'm the author of the Waverly books (Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two), as well as Cassidy Lane and Katwalk.
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 a traditional publisher 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
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Nail That Elevator Pitch

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 10:51am 6 Comments

If you're an aspiring author, get ready to hear the following question approximately 10 billion times:

"What's your book about?"

As you already know if you've already written a book, pretty much everyone and anyone in your life will ask you that question, from people you know well to people you just met in the waiting room at your dentist's office. So it's really important to be able to answer it quickly.

Short and sweet. 

Make it count. 

Pique…

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That Vs. Which

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 8:02am 3 Comments

On the heels of my post about when to use "who" vs. "that," today I thought I'd address an equally thorny differentiation: "that" vs. "which." 

Mind you, somehow I managed to receive a degree in English without learning the difference between "that" and "which," so don't feel bad if you have no clue. It wasn't until I was in graduate school that my friend Debbie laid it out for…

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Capitalization Confusion

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 6:31am 0 Comments

I see a lot of capitalization errors, but one of the most common is regarding family members, especially parents. Here's a refresher on the rule:

If the "Mom/mom" or "Dad/dad" is replacing the name of the person, then capitalize it because it's a proper noun. If it's replacing the title of the person, leave it in lowercase.

For example, let's say you're speaking to your sister about your parents, whose names are Gloria and Dale: 

  • You: "Do you…
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What Makes a Good Author Bio?

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 8:10am 6 Comments

Many debut authors don't know what to put in their bios. That's understandable! In fact, I recently met a debut novelist--I'll call her Lucy--whose bio at the end of her book was one line long. It said exactly this:

This is Lucy's first novel. She lives in San Francisco.

She laughed and said she knew it wasn't much, but she had no idea what else to write. She had't won any awards. She'd never written anything before. She didn't feel she had…

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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.

 

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At 7:00am on June 21, 2011, Margaret Traylor said…

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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