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Why Grammar Matters

I recently began watching "The Wire" (yes, I realize I'm 12 years late), and I love it! So far it has lived up to the hype. It also gave me a good idea for this blog post. In one of the early episodes, one of the main characters (a police officer) spends a lot of time preparing a report about possible criminal activity at a housing project in Baltimore, and then presents it to a judge in hopes of gaining authorization for a wiretap. In this particular scene, we see the police officer sitting…See More
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Maria Murnane posted a blog post

Why Grammar Matters

I recently began watching "The Wire" (yes, I realize I'm 12 years late), and I love it! So far it has lived up to the hype. It also gave me a good idea for this blog post. In one of the early episodes, one of the main characters (a police officer) spends a lot of time preparing a report about possible criminal activity at a housing project in Baltimore, and then presents it to a judge in hopes of gaining authorization for a wiretap. In this particular scene, we see the police officer sitting…See More
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A blog post by Maria Murnane was featured

Use a Blogroll to Promote Your Work

My friend and fellow author Karen McQuestion recently invited me to participate in a blogroll. My first reaction was "What is a blogroll?" But once I learned the answer, I quickly agreed to participate, because I knew it was a good opportunity to get potential readers to come to my website and Amazon author detail…See More
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Maria Murnane posted a blog post

Use a Blogroll to Promote Your Work

My friend and fellow author Karen McQuestion recently invited me to participate in a blogroll. My first reaction was "What is a blogroll?" But once I learned the answer, I quickly agreed to participate, because I knew it was a good opportunity to get potential readers to come to my website and Amazon author detail…See More
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Maria Murnane commented on the blog post 'A quick lesson on hyphens'
"@Valerie, you're welcome! :)"
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Valerie Brooks commented on the blog post 'A quick lesson on hyphens'
"This is one of the clearest explanations I've ever read. Thank you, Maria!"
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A blog post by Maria Murnane was featured

A quick lesson on hyphens

Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. (What a pretty house! She is tall!) Adverbs modify verbs (She types quickly), adjectives (She is extremely tall) or other adverbs (Please type more quickly). I realize this kind of looks like a no-smoking sign, but you get the ideaWhen an adverb modifies an adjective (e.g. "she is extremely…See More
Oct 7
Maria Murnane posted a blog post

A quick lesson on hyphens

Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. (What a pretty house! She is tall!) Adverbs modify verbs (She types quickly), adjectives (She is extremely tall) or other adverbs (Please type more quickly). I realize this kind of looks like a no-smoking sign, but you get the ideaWhen an adverb modifies an adjective (e.g. "she is extremely…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
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy Wicoff

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Why Grammar Matters

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 8:06am 0 Comments

I recently began watching "The Wire" (yes, I realize I'm 12 years late), and I love it! So far it has lived up to the hype. It also gave me a good idea for this blog post. In one of the early episodes, one of the main characters (a police officer) spends a lot of time preparing a report about possible criminal activity at a housing project in Baltimore, and then presents it to a judge in hopes of gaining authorization for a wiretap. In this particular scene, we see the police officer sitting…

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Use a Blogroll to Promote Your Work

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 8:40am 3 Comments

My friend and fellow author Karen McQuestion recently invited me to participate in a blogroll. My first reaction was "What is a blogroll?" But once I learned the answer, I quickly agreed to participate, because I knew it was a good opportunity to get potential readers to come to my website and …

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A quick lesson on hyphens

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 1:22pm 2 Comments

Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. (What a pretty house! She is tall!)

 

Adverbs modify verbs (She types quickly), adjectives (She is extremely tall) or other adverbs (Please type more quickly).

 

I realize this…

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Marketing Tip: Put Your First Chapter on Your Website

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 8:20am 2 Comments

Making the first chapter of your book (or books) available on your website is a smart idea for two reasons:

 

1)    It gives potential readers who visit your website the opportunity to check out your work at no cost

2)    It gives you a tool for driving potential readers to your website …

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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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