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Writing Tip: Write What You Know, Check What You Don't

There's no rule in fiction that says everything - or anything, actually - has to be factually accurate. However, today I'd like to make a case for why you should be careful not to be too loose with details if you set your story in a real place. I recently read a book that mostly takes place in my hometown. Unfortunately,…See More
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Marketing Tip: Ask Your Fans to Help Choose Your Cover

For my newest book (Wait for the Rain, which came out in February), my publisher and I were torn between several cover options, so my editor suggested we narrow it down to two and then put it out to my fans to vote. Needless to say, I was thrilled by this idea, and my fans loved it too! I asked them to weigh in by a certain date via my…See More
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Marketing Tip: Ask Your Fans to Help Choose Your Cover

For my newest book (Wait for the Rain, which came out in February), my publisher and I were torn between several cover options, so my editor suggested we narrow it down to two and then put it out to my fans to vote. Needless to say, I was thrilled by this idea, and my fans loved it too! I asked them to weigh in by a certain date via my…See More
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"What a great idea. I carry books in my trunk and refer to myself as the "traveling sales lady" but I don't actually carry one with me. How easy that will be. Thanks for the tip!"
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"make sure that your precious books are protected in the trunk of your car by being in a non see through container! I had some books a few years ago go all faded......not so good!"
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Leigh Goodison commented on the blog post 'Marketing Tip: Always Carry a Book with You'
"I haven't been carrying books, which sounds like a great idea. What I do is carry bookmarks that have a jacket photo, book blurb and my website on them. When I'm in a waiting room I place them in magazines. At the library I leave them at…"
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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

Writing Tip: Write What You Know, Check What You Don't

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

There's no rule in fiction that says everything - or anything, actually - has to be factually accurate. However, today I'd like to make a case for why you should be careful not to be too loose with details if you set your story in a real place. 

I…

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Marketing Tip: Ask Your Fans to Help Choose Your Cover

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments

For my newest book (Wait for the Rain, which came out in February), my publisher and I were torn between several cover options, so my editor suggested we narrow it down to two and then put it out to my fans to vote. Needless to say, I was thrilled by this idea, and my fans loved it too! I asked them to weigh in by a certain date via my…

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Marketing Tip: Always Carry a Book with You

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 8:00am 7 Comments

Whenever possible, I suggest making a concerted effort to have at least one copy of your book with you wherever you go. You never know when you're going to come across a potential reader, so it's best to be prepared. I've sold (and given away) many books over the years simply because I had a copy with me. The reality is that most people will go their entire lives without meeting an author, so when it happens, they are often excited to buy a signed copy. Why? Because even if they…

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Writing tip: Don't be afraid to cut

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 8:00am 1 Comment

In my first job out of college, one of my assignments was to co-write an opinion piece for my boss. (In this case, "co-write" meant "write.") He told me the points he wanted to make, and my role was to turn those ideas into a clear, readable argument that a prominent magazine in our industry would accept. Both of us would get the byline, so I was excited!

I'll never forget my boss's reaction when I proudly showed him my masterpiece. He smiled at me, then sighed and said something…

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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!

 

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