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How to Craft a Compelling Book Description

Book descriptions can be an effective marketing tool, but they can also be tricky. Here are three keys to writing a good one:Click here for the description of my new book, which comes out February 24! Show, don't tell: Much like an online-dating profile, if you…See More
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How to Craft a Compelling Book Description

Book descriptions can be an effective marketing tool, but they can also be tricky. Here are three keys to writing a good one:Click here for the description of my new book, which comes out February 24! Show, don't tell: Much like an online-dating profile, if you…See More
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Mardith Louisell commented on the blog post 'Watch for Repetition in Your Writing'
"Oh, and reading it aloud. Makes all the difference. You can "hear" it."
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Lana Pecherczyk commented on the blog post 'Watch for Repetition in Your Writing'
"I agree, beta readers are excellent for this. I also find that - and I know everyone says this - if you put your story down for a few weeks before editing, you pick up errors and repeated words more efficiently."
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catherine cusset commented on the blog post 'Watch for Repetition in Your Writing'
"Mine is: "he frowned" or "she frowned." My characters are frowning a lot! "
Jan 20
Zetta Brown commented on the blog post 'Watch for Repetition in Your Writing'
"When I edit for others, I bring it to their attention. I call it their "crutch words and phrases" because they rely upon them so much. I'll highlight the words or phrases that are repetitive using the find/replace tool. The crutch…"
Jan 20
Mardith Louisell commented on the blog post 'Watch for Repetition in Your Writing'
" Maria, I do  that with words I notice and recently "in fact." But hadn't thought of phrases. Thanks for the tip. A great idea and your neighbor is a find."
Jan 20
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A blog post by Maria Murnane was featured

Watch for Repetition in Your Writing

My upstairs neighbor Alexandra, who is a big fan of my books, recently read one of my newest titles, Cassidy Lane. She told me she loved it, but she'd also lost track of how many times in the story Cassidy "walked home slowly." I thanked her for her honesty because I hadn't noticed my tendency to overuse that phrase.  Neither had the developmental editor. Or the copyeditor. Or the proofreader. But my neighbor had, and it bothered her, and that's what matters, right? Yes! Lesson learned.…See More
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Watch for Repetition in Your Writing

My upstairs neighbor Alexandra, who is a big fan of my books, recently read one of my newest titles, Cassidy Lane. She told me she loved it, but she'd also lost track of how many times in the story Cassidy "walked home slowly." I thanked her for her honesty because I hadn't noticed my tendency to overuse that phrase.  Neither had the developmental editor. Or the copyeditor. Or the proofreader. But my neighbor had, and it bothered her, and that's what matters, right? Yes! Lesson learned.…See More
Jan 19
Stacy Lawson commented on the blog post 'Apostrophes Indicate Possession, Not Plural'
"Thanks... My real problem is what to do with words that end in 's'.  If I don't have a grammar book handy, I panic and then think of another way of working my sentence to avoid the ends in 's' problem that I have."
Jan 14
A blog post by Maria Murnane was featured

Another Example of Smart Marketing

A few posts back I blogged about author Cathy Livingstone's effective approach to soliciting reviews for her book. Today, I'd like to share a smart strategy for attracting readers to your blog. Recently a savvy author by the name of Marlene Cullen contacted me via my website to tell me that she'd enjoyed one of my recent blog…See More
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Maria Murnane posted a blog post

Another Example of Smart Marketing

A few posts back I blogged about author Cathy Livingstone's effective approach to soliciting reviews for her book. Today, I'd like to share a smart strategy for attracting readers to your blog. Recently a savvy author by the name of Marlene Cullen contacted me via my website to tell me that she'd enjoyed one of my recent blog…See More
Jan 12

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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

How to Craft a Compelling Book Description

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 8:55am 0 Comments

Book descriptions can be an effective marketing tool, but they can also be tricky. Here are three keys to writing a good one:

Click here for the description of my new book, which comes out February…

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Watch for Repetition in Your Writing

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 8:30am 5 Comments

My upstairs neighbor Alexandra, who is a big fan of my books, recently read one of my newest titles, Cassidy Lane. She told me she loved it, but she'd also lost track of how many times in the story Cassidy "walked home slowly." I thanked her for her honesty because I hadn't noticed my tendency to overuse that phrase. 

 

Neither had the developmental editor.

 

Or the copyeditor.

 

Or the proofreader.

 

But my neighbor had, and…

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Another Example of Smart Marketing

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

A few posts back I blogged about author Cathy Livingstone's effective approach to soliciting reviews for her book. Today, I'd like to share a smart strategy for attracting readers to your blog.

 

Recently a savvy author by the name of Marlene Cullen contacted me via my website to tell…

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Apostrophes Indicate Possession, Not Plural

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 8:30am 5 Comments

The other day I walked by a secondhand store that had a big pile of used books out front. Taped above the stack was a sign that said the following:

 

Book's 1$

 

Ugh. This made me sad, particularly so because they were selling books (not book's), which are filled with words (not word's).

 

I'm not sure how it happened, but the misuse of apostrophes is everywhere these days. Here's a quick refresher…

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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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