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

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

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

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!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: What are the Differences?

Get Your Book Promoted Through the MANA Cover Page!

When it comes to promoting your book, your book cover is just as important as the content inside. With that in mind, it’s important that potential readers see your book cover in multiple places online. 
As a way of helping authors increase their book’s visibility, MANA is offering an ongoing marketing and promotional service called, “MANA Cover Page.” This promotion allows you to add your book cover to MANA’s website and visitors who click on the cover are linked to the website of your choice. MANA takes no royalties for this service. 
The MANA Cover Page is economical for authors on a tight budget. As part of MANA’s introductory special, you can pay $50 a month for a minimum of 3 months (total: $150) to place your cover on MANA’s site which consistently has worldwide visitors. This bargain price originally lasted until June 15. But as a way to celebrate MANA’s 15th anniversary and to get the word out on this new service, MANA has extended the offer until June 30! On July 1, the costs increase to $100 per month (3-month minimum) for a total cost of $300.
So, take advantage today and start promoting your book to readers around the world! Click HERE to check out a preview of the MANA Cover Page. Questions? Contact MANA at

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Are You Marketing Your Book Online?

If you're a self-publishd author, chances are your family and friends have bought your book. However, you may still have a lot books left in the packaging box. What do you do with them?  How do you get people who aren't your friends or relatives to buy your book? Well, one of the best ways you can find a new audience for your book is to look online. 
When it comes to selling your book, you cannot afford to ignore the power of online marketing. The fact is that today, the vast majority of self-published authors sell their books online. So, you will want to be sure that you do your best to market your book online as much as possible. 
The first online platform most authors prefer is Amazon, believed to be the biggest seller of books in the world. Having your book on Amazon is almost like having it on a shelf in major bookstore worldwide. However, if you aren’t actively marketing your book, how will people know it’s on Amazon unless they stumble on it?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Books by MANA Authors at Book Expo 2017 in New York!

If you're visiting Book Expo 2017 in New York, stop by the New Title Showcase, Booth 1657 to purchase books by MANA's Authors:

Redball Mission by T. Patrick Devln

The Importance of Cabo Verde In A Global Context by M.G. Balla

Granddaddy by Cavis Adams

Sunday, May 21, 2017

MANA Author Doris Zarzycki Returns With New Release!

Doris Zarzycki entered the publishing world in January 2014 with her debut book, God's Gift To Me, I Share With You–Book One, which contains more than 150 inspirational essays and poems about every facet of life (Click HERE to read a blog post about Book One) 

Now, Ms. Zarzycki is back with her second release, God's Gift To Me, I Share With You–Book Two. In her latest work, Ms. Zarzycki shares her wisdom through a collection of over 220 prose and poems for anyone who needs to make sense of this world and chooses to thrive nonetheless. It’s evidence that Ms. Zarzycki has done a lot of soul searching and is now confident in herself and works to inspire others.

“This has been a journey of inspiration I wasn’t aware I was taking,” says Ms. Zarzycki, a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who has seen and traveled many roads of life. “When I realized all the thoughts I had put on paper had accumulated into something that I wanted to share, I sat down and put two books together. Now, this is the completion of several years of meeting so many people along my journey of inspirations.”

In the introduction of her God's Gift To Me, I Share With You–Book Two, Ms. Zarzycki explains that she was 50 years old when she started to like herself. She tells her readers that they do not have to wait until that age to learn to like themselves. She hopes that her book will help lead readers to their own self-discovery: