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"I've been invited to a dozen or so of the book groups that have chosen my book as that month's read and at the end I always ask people to, if they can, post a review on Amazon---mentioning that one sentence (or even part of a sentence) is…"
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"Here's something that happened to me after writing my memoir (and changing 44 names): My brothers, most likely did not finish my book. They saw themselves as how I saw them. Result: very angry reviews about me as a person, attacking me and…"
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"I think most people think they need to actually write a review - meaning at least a few paragraphs, thoughtful, reflective - which folks find intimidating. I have been surprised to receive a few one or two sentence reviews. I'll take them!"
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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
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy Wicoff

Maria Murnane's Blog

Marketing Tip: Offer to Send a Book

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments

I often say that it's important to make it easy for people to help you promote your book. One great way to do that is to offer to send them a free copy! I know that sounds obvious, but given how many emails I receive from authors asking me to review their books without offering to send me one, I think it is worth repeating. (I've also said many times here that I don't review books, so now I'm wondering if anyone is actually reading my blog. Hmm....)

Anyhow, when reaching out to…

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Writing Tip: Be Careful, Don't Overuse Uncommon Gestures and Actions

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 7:42am 0 Comments

I recently read a novel in which multiple people winked at the protagonist in the opening pages. I found this quite odd. When was the last time someone winked at you? When was the last time more than one person winked at you? I don't think anyone has ever winked at me. 

As I read on, the winking continued, and soon it was joined by a lot of giggling, which also jumped out at me because everyone in the story was an adult, and I don't know many adults who giggle. But on it…

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Book Marketing Is a Numbers Game

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 8:11am 0 Comments

After years of referring to herself as a "professional dater," a good friend of mine finally tied the knot last summer. She was, of course, joking about her title, but in a way it was true! She was determined to find the right match for herself, so she dated and dated and dated until she found him. To her, meeting the one was essentially a numbers game, and she was right. She played it until she got what she wanted.

Book marketing, like sales - and dating - is also a numbers…

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Avoid This Marketing No-No

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 6:00am 8 Comments

Yesterday I received a bulk email from an acquaintance about a book his son had recently self-published. The well-crafted, perfectly appropriate message explained that the son had asked his father to forward a note, written by the son, about the book. The father, conscious of spamming his friends,…

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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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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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