Thursday, August 17, 2017

Introducing "Bare Essentials Bits": A Weekly Podcast on Grammar and Writing

Do you know when to use "then" or "than" or "their", "there", or "they're"? 

If you aren't sure, then listen to MANA's new audio series, Bare Essentials Bits: All You Wanted to Ask About a Grammatical/
Writing Tidbit but Were Too Embarrassed To Ask!

The 5-minute audio will address a spelling challenge or grammatical issue that stumps or confuses writers. For instance: Do you know when to use "its" and "it's"? The series will also explore punctuation marks, apostrophes and commas.  And so, for anyone challenged by a grammatical tidbit, listen to Bare Essentials Bits!  To download more formats, including mp3, click on the Internet Archive icon of the right-hand side of the player.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask, feel free to email MANA at for an explanation.

Click HERE to listen to the August 10, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Welcome Aboard! MANA's Dr. C Sets Sail With Podcasts For Teachers's own Dr. C first "set sail" with readers in 2015 with the metaphorical "Dr. C's Academic Online Cruise." The ship docked but she set sail later that year with "Dr. C's English 101 Fall Cruise." 

Now, Dr. C is back with a series of podcasts for teachers entitled, Sharing With Teachers, Be the Captain of Your Classroom in Your Own Way. In this series of 15 podcasts, Dr. C, using the metaphor of a ship captain, will help teachers with different challenges that educators face. Dr. C serves as captain (senior teacher) who trains future captains (teachers). To download more formats, including mp3, click on the Internet Archive icon on the right-hand side of the player.

Listen to the Introductory podcast below:

Now, listen to the full audio below and "Welcome Aboard"! 

Click HERE to listen to the August 9, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

MANA Author Russ Grimes Interviewed On "The Author Inside You Podcast"

Russ Grimes, author of The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man and the sequel The Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero was recently featured on "The Author Inside You Podcast." (Click HERE to visit "The Author Inside You Podcast" homepage.)

The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man tells the story of Randy Grames, a 41-year-old electrical design engineer married for 17 years, yet he's depressed with his mundane life. One day while planting a flower garden, he unearths a sliver box containing a silver coin which he later discovers contains magic from Grigard the Wise. Then, the adventures begin...

In the podcast, Mr. Grimes discussed how he wrote his fantasy books from the beginning to the end. He said the hardest part for him was just getting started.  For some inspiration on getting started, listen to this interview with Russ Grimes:

To preview the books below, click on each title: 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Call for Entries For MANA’s Novel and Poetry Contest (MANA) is calling for entries for its Poetry and Novel Contest. MANA will publish and market the winning Novel/Prose manuscript for two years and offer the following services:  

• Customized layout, not based on a template model
• Proofreading
• Editing
• Color covers
• Printing of 100 copies
• Web page on MANA website
• E-Book Version of the Work
• E-commerce accepts Amex, Discover, Master Card, VISA, electronic checks
• Digital marketing

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Start Shopping Early For Christmas! Give The Gift Of Gems for the Body and Soul (MANA) has an offer that's perfect for those looking for a unique Christmas gift. MANA has partnered with jewelry designer Kayla Laird of QueenNetzo to produce a first-ever offer of jewelry and books that we call: “Gems For the Body and Soul.” 

How this works

The jewelry. Ms. Laird will design your jewelry pieces based on your order by request:

• Necklace and matching earrings
• Necklace and matching bracelet
• Necklace and matching bracelet and earrings
• Bracelet and matching earrings
• Single stone necklace

You may base your request on several samples shown on MANA’s webpage and ask for a different color or colors. Send an e-mail to MANA ( indicating the number that is next to the photo on MANA’s website. Or you can share with Ms. Laird a design you have in mind.

The books. Complete the unique combination by placing an order of any book (e-book or print) on the MANA website. On MANA’s website you’ll find books for children, historical buffs, religious works, inspirational poetry, just to name a few. To make certain that MANA can fulfill your request, place the names of three books in order of importance for you. This is being done to make sure that you will receive your completed combination in a timely manner.

To order

Prices for the combination jewelry set and book range from $55 to $74. After paying for the combination on MANA’s website, email your book choices to:

So, put in your order for your jewelry and your book of choice today! Get started by clicking HERE to go to MANA’s "Gems for the Body and Soul" webpage.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Call For Entries For The MANA Writer's Contest Summer 2017! (MANA) is calling for entries to the MANA Writers' Contest for Short Stories. MANA continues to rekindle the days of old with the technology of today in its MANA Short Story Series! 

In the early days of print, newspapers and magazines would publish short stories that would appear as a series. As a throwback to those days, MANA has brought serials back to the public with its MANA's Short Story Series. To read short stories that are already on The MANA Sunriser Blog, go to the right side of this blog to view the story list.


1st prize: Short Story is featured in five (5) monthly segments of the MANA Short Story Series beginning in September 2017. The winner earns a $100 honorarium and $350 off the cost of any MANA self-publishing plan during 2017-2018. 

2nd prize: Short Story is featured in five (5) monthly segments of the MANA Short Story Series beginning in October 2017. The winner earns a $50 honorarium and $275 off the cost of any MANA self-publishing plan during 2017-2018.

3rd prize: Short Story is featured in five (5) monthly segments of the MANA Short Story Series beginning in November 2017. The winner earns a $25 honorarium and $175 off the cost of any MANA self-publishing plan during 2017-2018.


• Story must be between 500 to 700 words
• Genres: comedic, children’s, fantasy, mystery, romance, science fiction, and western
• Submit as a Word file
• No limit on submissions
• $15 nominal fee for each submission
Writers maintain full copyright!

The winning stories will be featured in five (5) monthly segments of the MANA Short Story series on The MANA Sunriser Blog. This is a great way to get exposure and have your work recognized by readers throughout the world. Also, writers will maintain full copyright.

Deadline for submissions is July 30, 2017. So, don’t wait! Submit your entries today. For more information, click HERE to visit the MANA Writers' Contest for Short Stories page on MANA’s website.


Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Time To Publish With MANA's Summer Special Publishing Plans!, (MANA) a company providing self-publishing, marketing, and distribution services to authors and small businesses, is offering Summer Special Publishing Plans!

Are you worried about the costs for publishing you're book? Then MANA’s here to help. Choose one of three (3) self-publishing plans, and make minimal monthly installment payments for up to 15 months! A non-refundable downpayment is required for all three (3) plans. The three plans are:

• Offer 1 — a 6x9 book up to 45,000 words
• Offers 2 and 3— a 6x9 book up to 100,000 words

All offers include:

• Basic document layout
• Editing
• Proofreading
• Web page on MANA web site
• E-book
• E-commerce services (ie., acceptance of electronic checks, American Express, Discover, 
  Master Card, and VISA) 
• Digital marketing
• Printing
• Cover design and color covers
• Book taken to major trade shows
  and more

If you become a MANA author, you'll receive a 70 percent royalty for every book sold by MANA, and if you choose to sell your own book, you'll receive 100 percent royalties!

Click HERE to get details on MANA's website of the self-publishing plans. 

This year, MANA is celebrating 15 years of providing individualized services to its customers in such as way that makes it "Unique, Unsurpassed, Unparalleled."  Additionally, MANA would like to say a special "Thank You" to the many authors who have self-published their works with MANA over the past 15 years.

This MANA special offer ends August 31, 2017. So, if you're interesting in self-publishing your work in an affordable manner, take advantage of MANA's Summer Special Publishing Plans by contacting at 734-975-0028 or email us at

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Is Fear of Failure Preventing You From Becoming An Author?

Do you have a “big dream” that you don’t like to tell oters about? Some people want to be entrepreneurs and quit their boring day jobs, some people want to be authors and share their stories with the world. Howver, few people will admit this if someone asked them what are their dreams or ambition.  
Typically, we don’t admit our dreams and hopes to others because we don’t want them to laugh at us and tell us to get our heads “out of the clouds.” And, if we’re honest with ourselves, we don’t admit our dreams and hopes because we know they have a small chance of becoming reality! We let a fear of failure stop us from not only speaking about our dreams, but pursuing them! 
This is a huge mistake. The reality is when we give “voice” to our dreams by speaking about them, the more we will become motivated to actually find ways to carry them out. 
For instance, if you want to be an author, what do you do? The first step is to find out what type of book you want to write. Romance? Science Fiction? Biography? Young Adult Fiction? Many authors write their first book in the genre they loved to read them most.
Next, visit bookstores, libraries or go online to check out books in the genre in which you plan to write. What do you like about those books? What do you think will make your book stand out when compared to the books already on the market?
Once you write your book and publish it (either print or as an e-book or both), you will be able to legitimately say you're a “published author.”
The point is that with a variety of resources available, including articles, online writer’s forums, and local writing groups, it is not difficult to start fulfilling your dream of being an author. So in other words, if you want to say you're an “author,” then all you have to do is to begin writing! Writing on a regular basis allows you to enjoy what you’re passionate about without downplaying your dream to others. 
Once you start looking at your goals and dreams like this, it allows you to completely forget the idea of failure. Failure, then, is no longer an issue—nor is it an option!