Maria Murnane
When to use WHO and when to use THAT
On March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

I keep reading (and hearing) authors use the pronoun “that” when they should be using the pronoun “who,” so I thought I’d do a refresher post on the difference between the two. WHO refers to people: I am the one who is writing this blog post. You are the one who is reading the blog post. THAT refers […]

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You CAN write a book!
On March 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

This morning I received an email that made me smile…or maybe even grin. It was from an aspiring author named Becca. In particular, I loved this part of her message: “Reading through your blog has been very educational and exciting for me. I love all your knowledge, advice, and mostly your encouragement to not give […]

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The best piece of writing advice I ever received
On March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

It took me nearly five years to get my first novel, Perfect on Paper, published, so when it finally happened I was over the moon. I’d worked my tail off to make it happen, and after all that effort, at long last I could exhale, sit back, and enjoy myself as the sales rolled in. Or […]

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Want to write a book? Get out of your own way
On February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sometimes when people I encounter find out I’m an author, they share with me their own ambitions of writing a book. While some of these individuals go on to reach their goals, in my experience that’s usually not the case. I’ve lost track of how many times an aspiring author has told me that he […]

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Grammar tip: “went” vs. “gone”
On February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lately I’ve heard so many people confuse “went” with “gone” that I decided it was worth a blog post on the topic. “Went” and “gone” are both variations of the verb “to go” but are used in different tenses. Here’s an explanation of the difference:   WENT is the simple past tense of TO GO: […]

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How to sell more signed copies of your book(s)
On February 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

I recently happened upon an interesting marketing idea that I wanted to share with readers of my blog. For a limited time the print version of one of my books was for sale on Amazon at a significant discount over the normal list price, so a good friend of mine, who is also a huge […]

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Winning cover of my new book!
On February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The people have spoken! Hi everyone! Thanks to all of you who voted on the cover for my new book. By a wide margin (nearly 3 to 1), here is the winner! Three friends reunite for a few days in New York City–and each of them has a secret Release date is TBA, but you […]

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Marketing tip: Tap your network for contacts
On January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

The other day I received a call from my friend Kristen, who recently opened her own business in the wedding-planning industry. She remembered that close friends of mine had once been featured in the Vows section of the New York Times, and she wanted to know if an introduction to the reporter who wrote the piece […]

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Please help me choose the cover of my new book!
On January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Which cover should I choose? I’d love your help in picking the cover of my new book! Bridges: A Daphne White Novel is a story of friendship that takes place over a few days in New York City. Below is the description, followed by two cover options. Bridges: A Daphne White Novel It’s the one piece of […]

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Book marketing: Can I ask you a question?
On January 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

  For some reason that I have yet to uncover, over the past week I’ve received several emails that all say more or less the same thing. Here are snippets of three of them: Dear Maria Murnane, I have recently come across your book, Wait for the Rain, available on Audible and on Amazon, and […]

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