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Remember Why You Wrote Your Book in the First Place

Last fall my good friends Martha and Tanya had a "stoop sale," which is what we apartment-dwelling New Yorkers call a good old-fashioned garage sale. As the three of us were discussing how much to charge for a beaded purse and why no one had yet bought the wooden elephant, a kind older gentleman strolled by. He struck up a conversation about the stack of books Martha and Tanya were selling. He said his name was Leland William Howard and explained that he'd written a memoir about the 20 years…See More
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Remember Why You Wrote Your Book in the First Place

Last fall my good friends Martha and Tanya had a "stoop sale," which is what we apartment-dwelling New Yorkers call a good old-fashioned garage sale. As the three of us were discussing how much to charge for a beaded purse and why no one had yet bought the wooden elephant, a kind older gentleman strolled by. He struck up a conversation about the stack of books Martha and Tanya were selling. He said his name was Leland William Howard and explained that he'd written a memoir about the 20 years…See More
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Patricia Gligor commented on the blog post 'The Importance of Asking for Feedback'
"Absolutely! Feedback is so important! As a matter-of-fact, in my blog post this week, I'm asking for readers' opinions on which of the two is more likely to entice them to read my book. Blurb or Excerpt? I'd appreciate your…"
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"I posed a question on my page (Susan Rich Friedman) about ownership of what we write and how we can ensure that ownership once we've shared it with others.  Here is a wonderfully detailed and well thought reply from Cate Warren: Hi…"
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Jane Hanser commented on the blog post 'The Importance of Asking for Feedback'
"Has anybody participated in author groups? There are many where I live, although they tend to be located more near the student and university centers, an inconvenient distance from where I live. I tried once with a group that met locally but it was…"
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Lynda Jo Schuessler commented on the blog post 'The Importance of Asking for Feedback'
"I'm in the process of a final revision of a romance that I plan to indie publish this summer. I've moved in the last year and, in the process lost my wonderful critique partners. The group has stopped meeting and everyone is now on to…"
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Judy Archer commented on the blog post 'The Importance of Asking for Feedback'
"I am about 30,000 words into my first draft, much of which had feedback in a class.Now that I have moved on from the class, I would love to exchange with someone who is writing a memoir- mine is about my genealogical research and family history…"
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Susan Rich Friedman commented on the blog post 'The Importance of Asking for Feedback'
"Carson, I don't fit your demographic but I just want to say that I LOVE the title.  I think it would capture an audience right away.  Great job!"
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Carson Gleberman commented on the blog post 'The Importance of Asking for Feedback'
"I am looking for parents of tweens and teens to read and give me feedback on draft chapters of my book. Working title is "Umm, About That...: How to Have Those Awkward Conversations with Teens about Sexuality, Gender and More."  The…"
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Terri Lewis commented on the blog post 'The Importance of Asking for Feedback'
"p.s. - Important post, Maria!"
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Terri Lewis commented on the blog post 'The Importance of Asking for Feedback'
"I'd like to recommend Absolute Write forums as another source for beta readers. I've gotten a couple there. Right now I'm am looking for a beta reader who reads lit fic. (Although I have to admit I've gotten good crits from a…"
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Susan Rich Friedman commented on the blog post 'The Importance of Asking for Feedback'
"Sandy, my book is not complete but I would be willing to exchange with you.  I really am desperate for honest feedback.  I feel stuck. "
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"I too, have a book I've finished and am looking for someone to give me some feedback.  I've had some people read it, but got nothing really concrete from them.  I've sent it to a few agents and had some good feedback. …"
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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

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Remember Why You Wrote Your Book in the First Place

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Last fall my good friends Martha and Tanya had a "stoop sale," which is what we apartment-dwelling New Yorkers call a good old-fashioned garage sale. As the three of us were discussing how much to charge for a beaded purse and why no one had yet bought the wooden elephant, a kind older gentleman strolled by. He struck up a conversation about the stack of books Martha and Tanya were selling. He said his name was Leland William Howard and explained that he'd written a memoir about the 20 years…

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The Importance of Asking for Feedback

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 2:00am 18 Comments

Requesting feedback is a valuable - and critical - element of the writing process. When it's positive, feedback can encourage you to keep going when you might otherwise lack momentum. On a more granular level, it can reveal what's strongest about your writing, which characters and storylines readers respond to the most, etc. All in all, it's a wonderful motivator in what can be an extremely lonely endeavor. 

Negative feedback, while sometimes (or perhaps always)…

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Punctuation Tip: How to Use "However"

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 3:30am 1 Comment

Knowing which punctuation to use with the word "however" is tricky. However, it's important to get it correct, so here's a brief explanation. 

 

As demonstrated above, when "however" means "in spite of that" and appears at the beginning of a sentence, it is…

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Lie vs. Lay

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 8:00am 13 Comments

I recently started taking a crazy fitness class at my gym. I like the instructor, but I secretly think he may be trying to kill us! I spend most of the class praying for it to be over, keeping one eye on the clock while trying not to fall off the medicine ball, or out of my plank, or messing up some equally torturous position.

  

When the time to catch our breath and stretch finally comes, I'm always thrilled. However, I often have a hard time relaxing right away because 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

Author, My Body Belongs to Me

http://www.MyBodyBelongstoMe.com

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!

 

Best,
Margaret Traylor

 
 
 

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