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Kathryn Meyer Griffith commented on the blog post 'Writing Tip: When You Get Stuck, Use ALL CAPS and Move On'
"Thanks Zetta...because I did use it in "one" place in my newest novel Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising when an old man is attacked by a winged dinosaur and he yells something out. Nice to know other people are aware of it. Though, as…"
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Zetta Brown commented on the blog post 'Writing Tip: When You Get Stuck, Use ALL CAPS and Move On'
"@Kathryn - We have a series of vampire hunter books (The Sid Tillsley Chronicles) set in England and there are times when someone is shouting in all caps for comedic effect, because just like in email, the author is trying to denote very, very…"
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Kathryn Meyer Griffith commented on the blog post 'Writing Tip: When You Get Stuck, Use ALL CAPS and Move On'
"Good idea. I also (after writing 42 years and publishing 20 books) learned something new. I was reading an adventure/thriller novel and in a truly scary/exciting place the writer had one of his characters scream something in all caps. Something like…"
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"I like the idea of all caps so you can easily find your edit notes and move on. "
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Zetta Brown commented on the blog post 'Writing Tip: When You Get Stuck, Use ALL CAPS and Move On'
"This is the trick I used to help me get through NaNoWriMo last year. Before that, I was like you and would constantly re-edit what I'd written before. Why? Because it's something that a lot of creative writing books suggest you do as a…"
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Writing Tip: When You Get Stuck, Use ALL CAPS and Move On

I'm currently working on my seventh novel, and one of the most valuable lessons I've learned about the writing process is when to hit pause on a particular scene/sentence/description and move on. If you're a perfectionist or Type-A personality, that can be hard to do, but it's extremely important. Trust me! I use all caps to…See More
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Writing Tip: When You Get Stuck, Use ALL CAPS and Move On

I'm currently working on my seventh novel, and one of the most valuable lessons I've learned about the writing process is when to hit pause on a particular scene/sentence/description and move on. If you're a perfectionist or Type-A personality, that can be hard to do, but it's extremely important. Trust me! I use all caps to…See More
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Marketing tip: Use text in your hyperlinks

Including hyperlinks in your marketing materials is a great way to send people to your Amazon page, or your website, or your Facebook page, or anywhere you want them to go. But the actual links can be long and quite unsightly, so I suggest using the text function to make them look clean, pretty and professional. Hyperlinks look…See More
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Marketing tip: Use text in your hyperlinks

Including hyperlinks in your marketing materials is a great way to send people to your Amazon page, or your website, or your Facebook page, or anywhere you want them to go. But the actual links can be long and quite unsightly, so I suggest using the text function to make them look clean, pretty and professional. Hyperlinks look…See More
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A blog post by Maria Murnane was featured

Marketing Tip: Use Blind Copy

Engaging with your fans is a fundamental element of smart book marketing, and I'm all for it. However, there's a fine line between casual communication and inappropriate communication, and that line is often called "bcc" aka "blind copy." In bulk emails, blind copy is your friend!If I send an e-mail to a small group of friends…See More
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Maria Murnane posted a blog post

Marketing Tip: Use Blind Copy

Engaging with your fans is a fundamental element of smart book marketing, and I'm all for it. However, there's a fine line between casual communication and inappropriate communication, and that line is often called "bcc" aka "blind copy." In bulk emails, blind copy is your friend!If I send an e-mail to a small group of friends…See More
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Who I am:
I'm a bestselling author and professional speaker, and I also provide consulting services on book publishing and marketing
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.
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

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Writing Tip: When You Get Stuck, Use ALL CAPS and Move On

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:32pm 5 Comments

I'm currently working on my seventh novel, and one of the most valuable lessons I've learned about the writing process is when to hit pause on a particular scene/sentence/description and move on. If you're a perfectionist or Type-A personality, that can be hard to do, but it's extremely important. Trust me!

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Marketing tip: Use text in your hyperlinks

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:57am 0 Comments

Including hyperlinks in your marketing materials is a great way to send people to your Amazon page, or your website, or your Facebook page, or anywhere you want them to go. But the actual links can be long and quite unsightly, so I suggest using the text function to make them look clean, pretty and professional.

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Marketing Tip: Use Blind Copy

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

Engaging with your fans is a fundamental element of smart book marketing, and I'm all for it. However, there's a fine line between casual communication and inappropriate communication, and that line is often called "bcc" aka "blind copy."

 

In bulk emails, blind…

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Marketing Tip: Know When to Be Concise

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 10:36am 4 Comments

I'm a member of a listserv that includes many professional writers, a good chunk of whom are freelancers looking for work. Recently, someone posted a question asking what everyone in the group is currently doing to pay the bills, and the response was bigger than any I've seen. Overnight dozens and dozens of people replied, and after scrolling through the bulk of the messages, I was surprised at how few gave a concise, compelling description that would make me want to hire them. The…

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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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Margaret Traylor

 
 
 

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