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The Power of a Good Headshot in Book Promotion

In a recent post, I said that for the overwhelming majority of authors, it's important to make an effort to connect with your fans. The same goes for having a good headshot. If you're selling millions of copies of your books each year, no need to read further.Almost daily I receive an email from an author asking me a variation of the same question: "How do I market…See More
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Jeanne Nicholas commented on the blog post 'Writing Tip: Just Keep Going'
"I joined a critique club while writing the last few chapters of my book.  They started critiquing 10 pages of the first chapters (every two weeks) while I'm still writing the last 6 chapters.  I thought it would give me a head start…"
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RYCJ commented on the blog post 'Writing Tip: Just Keep Going'
"I can certainly relate. I recall working on proposals where the practice of pushing forward and revising later worked marvels. Admittedly I've tried to apply the same approach to novel writing but with a little over 20 novels beneath me,…"
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Writing Tip: Just Keep Going

When I'm working on the first draft of a novel, at times it can feel like I'm pushing an enormous boulder up a mountain. Have you ever had that feeling? It's during those periods that I have to trust what I've learned over the course of writing multiple books, which is that I have to keep going. So day after day I force myself to sit down and inch the story along, however slowly, because I know that by doing so, I will eventually reach the end. Moving the story forward is…See More
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Mardith Louisell commented on the blog post 'Writing Tip: Just Keep Going'
"Amen. Same with difficult short stories. Get there and then revise revise revise and, one hopes, finish eventually."
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Irene Allison commented on the blog post 'Marketing Tip: Include More Than Just Your Book in Your Book'
"Maria, thanks for the tips .... and the reminder. Your ideas make a lot of sense. "
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Irene Allison commented on the blog post 'Use Blind Copy in Marketing Emails'
"Very helpful tip, thank you Maria! I also like Donna's comment below. Does anyone know if Apple's Mail allows you to create a merge list? It certainly is true that a personalized email is just so much more ..... well.... personal! Thanks…"
Jan 25
Maria Murnane posted a blog post

Marketing Tip: Include More Than Just Your Book in Your Book

Have you ever finished a great book and thought to yourself, I would love to send a note to the author, only to find yourself at a loss for how to do so? In my opinion, by not including contact information at the end of their books, those authors are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to connect with their readers.Here are some other things you can include in your books to connect with your readers:  1)   The first chapter of your next book:Including the first chapter of another book,…See More
Jan 25
A blog post by Maria Murnane was featured

Use Blind Copy in Marketing Emails

Given all the hard work that goes into writing a book, when yours finally comes out, of course you want to shout it from the rooftops. And you should! There's nothing wrong with sending out an email to announce the big news. Just be sure to use the "blind copy" feature in your email program.If you're not familiar with blind copy, it's the "Bcc" option underneath the "to" field, usually right next to the "Cc" (carbon copy) option. When you blind copy the recipients of your…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

Maria Murnane's Blog

The Power of a Good Headshot in Book Promotion

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 9:11am 0 Comments

In a recent post, I said that for the overwhelming majority of authors, it's important to make an effort to connect with your fans. The same goes for having a good headshot. If you're selling millions of copies of your books each year, no need to read further.

Almost daily I receive an email from an author asking me a variation of the same question: "How do…

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Writing Tip: Just Keep Going

Posted on January 28, 2016 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

When I'm working on the first draft of a novel, at times it can feel like I'm pushing an enormous boulder up a mountain. Have you ever had that feeling? It's during those periods that I have to trust what I've learned over the course of writing multiple books, which is that I have to keep going. So day after day I force myself to sit down and inch the story along, however slowly, because I know that by doing so, I will eventually…

Continue

Marketing Tip: Include More Than Just Your Book in Your Book

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 8:04am 1 Comment

Have you ever finished a great book and thought to yourself, I would love to send a note to the author, only to find yourself at a loss for how to do so? In my opinion, by not including contact information at the end of their books, those authors are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to connect with their readers.

Here are some other things you can include in your books to connect with your readers:  

1)   The first chapter of…

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Marketing Tip: Reach out to Your Local Library

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

No matter who publishes your book, there's no guarantee that libraries will carry it. However, if you walk into your local library with a smile and a copy of your book and say, "Hi there! I wrote this book. Will you please carry it?" there's a good chance the answer will be "Sure." It can't hurt to ask, right? The worst the librarian can do is say no, and as I explained in a previous post,…

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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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