MARIA MURNANE


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$7,500 and under
 
TRAVELS FROM: New York

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SPEECH TITLES AND/OR TOPICS   Click Here for Detailed Description

  • Following Your Dream
  • Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • How To Get Published
  • Book Marketing

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Author | Communications | Entrepreneurship | Humor | Marketing | Retail

Biography

"Thank you again for...sharing your story with us! I greatly enjoyed your talk and I was actually inspired by it to the point where I quit my job yesterday! I have been doing advertising sales at my campus newspaper for a year and I have absolutely hated it...After listening to you, however, I decided that I needed to just do it and trust that I'll be able to find something better."

A former PR executive who abandoned a high-paying job to pursue a more fulfilling life, Maria Murnane is the award-winning author of the romantic comedies Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two. She has inspired audiences across the country with the "story behind the story," an entertaining tale of the courage, passion and perseverance it took to make her dreams come true.

Ms. Murnane had a successful career in public relations for nearly 10 years before admitting to herself that she was not happy. Knowing she would be miserable if she stayed on her current path, she quit and went to Argentina for what was supposed to be a two-week solo trip before facing real life again. She ended up staying in Buenos Aires for a year, played semi-professional soccer for one of the most famous clubs in the world, and finally did something she had always thought about, which was write a humorous novel based on her experiences as a single, professional woman in San Francisco.

The book, Perfect on Paper, was initially turned down by several major publishing houses, so Maria Murnane self-published and implemented a creative, grass-roots marketing campaign in an effort to prove them wrong. And it worked!

Within a year Perfect on Paper attracted the attention of senior executives at Amazon, who chose it out of more than 10,000 self-published titles for the company's venture into traditional publishing. They offered Maria a contract, and in 2010 an updated version of the award-winning novel was released by the AmazonEncore imprint in the United States. It climbed the Amazon charts to #2 and has been published in Hungary and Germany, with Serbian and Indonesian editions on the way. Three sequels, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two have since been released.

She has been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Entrepreneur, and PopSugar.

In addition to working on her own novels and delivering speeches, Ms. Murnane is a paid blogger for CreateSpace and occasionally helps aspiring authors as a consultant. She was a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar at UC Berkeley, where she graduated with high honors in English and Spanish and was an Alumni Scholar.

Maria Murnane received a master's degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.

BOOKS    Search For A Book

  • Katwalk (2014)
  • Cassidy Lane (2014)
  • Chocolate for Two (2013)
  • Honey on Your Mind:Waverly Bryson Takes New York (2012)
  • It’s a Waverly Life: the sequel to Perfect on Paper (2011)
  • Perfect on Paper, The (mis) adventures of Waverly Bryson (2010)

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Testimonials
"Thank you again for...sharing your story with us! I greatly enjoyed your talk and I was actually inspired by it to the point where I quit my job yesterday! I have been doing advertising sales at my campus newspaper for a year and I have absolutely hated it...After listening to you, however, I decided that I needed to just do it and trust that I'll be able to find something better."— Advertising Sales Representative

"Maria's positive attitude and inspirational message of "Never give up" was a great complement to our topic of "Successful Women Invest in Themselves." Maria's presentation and speaking skills were great as she told of her life experiences and the trials and tribulations of writing a book. In addition to her positive attitude and great presentation skills, Maria also added an air of lighthearted fun to our dinner that was appreciated both by our group and all who attended."
-Don Garman, SVP, The Garman Group (Morgan Stanley)

"I am delighted to recommend Ms. Maria Murnane as an inspirational speaker. Our women gushed that she was an intelligent, strong self-starter with a developed character who exuded unusual optimism and perseverance. Other descriptions that emerged included, ‘witty,' ‘confident,' ‘classy,' ‘friendly,' ‘adventurous,' and ‘persistent.' Maria is living proof that strong, smart women can be highly successful and content in life."
–Alex Kushman, Harvard University's Delta Gamma chapter

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