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Maria Murnane

2011 Speaker

Maria Murnane had a successful career in public relations for nearly 10 years before deciding she needed a change. She left for Argentina for what was supposed to be a two-week solo trip and ended up staying in Buenos Aires for a year. While there, she played semi-professional soccer for one of the most famous clubs in the world and wrote the romantic comedy “Perfect on Paper.” After being turned down by several publishing houses, she self-published and marketed the novel on her own, with great success. Eventually, “Perfect on Paper was chosen by Amazon out of more than 10,000 self-published titles for its venture into traditional publishing and was re-released by AmazonEncore in 2010. A sequel, “It’s a Waverly Life,” is scheduled for a November 2011 release. Murnane has also launched a line of products called Waverly’s Honey Shop that is based on “Perfect on Paper’s” main character, Waverly Bryson. Murnane was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar in English and Spanish at UC Berkeley and has a master’s degree in communications from Northwestern University. She currently lives in New York and offers author consulting services on publishing and marketing in addition to working on her third novel.