Friday, December 28, 2012

MANA Seeks Your Input

MANA is making plans for 2013. For instance, we plan to offer MANA MONDAY sales again in the Spring because of the success we had in December. As we make our plans, we want to know what type of service or sale would you like to see MANA offer next year?

If you would, please leave a comment on our blog or you can e-mail MANA with your recommendations at

Thanks in advance for your input!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Want to Be a Writer? These Tips Will Help to Make Your Dream Come True

By Harriet Hodgson 

Last week I met a writer who had one book published. Since his book sells well, and he speaks to groups across the country, he thought about writing a second book. But he didn't take action on this idea. "Writing is too much work," he admitted, "so I just revised my existing book."

This writer speaks the truth. Whether it is a novel, mystery, history, self-help, poetry, children's book, sports book, or another genre, writing is hard work. You also have to deal with submission guidelines, editors, deadlines, and marketing. In short, your work isn't done when your book is done.

Writers also have to deal with comments from readers. During my 35+ years as a writer I have received compliments and thoughtless comments. One man was disappointed when one of my books was released. "I was going to write that," he complained. However, I researched the topic, spent weeks on the outline, spent months on writing, and submitted the manuscript to publishers.

I acted upon my book idea and he did not.

The MANA Short Story Continues to Support The American Red Cross!

The MANA Short Story continues to grow and so has MANA's contributions to the American Red Cross! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to The MANA Short Story. This has been our longest "short story" since we started our blog!

For every 25 posts that are written, MANA will donate $10 to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. So far, MANA has donated $30 to the fund.

It's not too late to participate in the MANA Short Story which is a featured post on our blog. Anyone can add to the story. One writer began the story and other writers are adding to it. 

The MANA Short Story features the adventures of Annabelle and Prince Dylan. Find out where they are now and determine where they are going to go by adding your contribution to the story. Go to:

Let's keep going!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Soar with the Angels" Helps to Teach Children About Angels:

If you are a parent and are not quite sure how to teach your child about angels, then MANA has a book you will want to read to your child: Soar with the Angels: A Children's Book, by Cecilia R. Telles.

Along with beautiful illustrations, Telles uses questions and answers to delve into the subject of angels in a way that children would understand. One question Telles poses is, "What do angels look like?" Telles answers, in part: 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Reviving a Forgotten Manuscript: Checkpoints

By Harriet Hodgson 

My computer is packed with dated emails. Every so often, I clean house, and delete these old messages. One day I came across a manuscript I had written eight years ago. I believed in the concept and finding the manuscript was like meeting an old friend. Could I breathe some life into the existing copy?

I read the manuscript from beginning to end. Though I remembered writing most of it, some paragraphs seemed new. I liked what I read, and wondered if the concept of the book was still valid. Not only was it valid, I figured, it was more valid than ever. This realization sparked my creative juices and I started to update the copy.

I read the manuscript again, focusing on grammar errors. Thankfully, I only found a few typos and tense errors. When I wrote the original manuscript, I wrote mini-chapters to foster quick reading. While I still liked the chapter titles, several seemed too short to me, and I added more copy. But I must be honest here. Getting back into a forgotten book didn't happen immediately. In fact, it has taken me several weeks.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Using Dialogue To Start a Short Story, A Creative Writing Technique

by Merideth Storms

The first function of opening a story is to excite interest, so that you can intrigue the reader into reading your entire story. Immediately following the opening, you should introduce the characters, reveal tone, setting, and the plot.

If you are writing a fiction story with a singular theme and idea, then stress the idea early so that your readers will realize what your story is trying creatively to focus on. A story's theme often surfaces in the opening, usually in the first paragraph.

To read more here at

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Read The Latest MANA's Newsletter

The latest issue of the MANA SUNSET Newsletter is now on MANA's web site at,%202012.pdf

Thanks to You, the American Red Cross Has Another Donation

Because of all the creative writers that have contributed to The MANA Short Story, MANA has made its second donation to the American Red Cross.

Participation in The MANA Short Story has been incredible and because of you, this is the most popular short story MANA has had since starting the blog.

For every 25 posts that are written, MANA will donate $10 to The American Red Cross disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Although it's been over a month since the superstorm hit parts of New Jersey and New York, hundreds of people still depend on The American Red Cross and other organizations to receive their food, water and clothes. Many people have not yet found a place to live. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this holiday season.

So far, MANA has donated $20 to The American Red Cross.

In the meantime, please continue to contribute to The MANA Short Story, which chronicles the adventures of the Prince and Annabelle. Anyone can participate in The MANA Short Story which is a featured post on our blog. The photo on the blog post was used as a prompt to begin the story. One writer began the story and other writers are adding to it.

The most recent posts have the Prince and Annabelle continuing on their journey to find Annabelle's parents. Annabelle encounters a mysterious man named Alexander Scanthius who gives her a special gift: The Diamond of Altheria. Annabelle has to guard the diamond with her life so that it will not fall into the wrong hands. She later finds out through a small green leprechaun that the diamond had the capability to find anyone in the world, even if they were in other realms. Needless to say, the Prince and Annabelle used the magic of the diamond and were transported into a different world where they met a very familiar holiday character.

Read the entire story here by clicking on this link:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Need a Publishing or Editorial Service? MANA Can Help!

If you're ready to take action and self-publish your book, of if you need professional editing and proofreading of your manuscript, send an email to MANA at

We also provide promotional services for new authors. Let us know what you need. Contact us today. Thanks!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Add Your Contribution to The MANA Short Story

MANA would like to thank everyone who has contributed to The MANA Short Story. Because of you, MANA has already made a donation to the American Red Cross and  is very close to making its second donation. For every 25 posts that are written, MANA will donate $10 to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

Anyone can participate in The MANA Short Story which is a featured post on our blog. The photo on the blog post is used as a prompt to begin writing a story. One writer began the story and other writers are adding to it. 

So far, The MANA Short Story features the adventures of Annabelle and Prince Dylan who met each other in the MANA Village in the 1920s and are now in a small town located off of Lake Ontario in the year 2011! Read the full story to find out how they ended up in New York City and in a new century!

Where do you think Prince Dylan and Annabelle should go now? 

Cancer Survivor, Sherry Brackett, Now Inspires Others Through Her Photo Journal

Sherry Brackett has been on a long journey, one that many have taken and did not survive. Brackett, an author and photographer, had a near-death experience during her bout with cancer. After going through the illness, Brackett said life took on a "whole new meaning."

"It's like opening a present each day and discovering what is inside that gift," she writes on her web site.

Brackett, who describes herself as a "real miracle," created a book titled, Mother Nature's Spiritual Gift to You: A Photographic Journal, to inspire others who are going through a severe illness or other type of life-challenge. 

"The idea for this book came to me in two identical dreams within the same week," she continued. "I believe my book, Mother Nature's Spiritual Gift to You: A Photographic Journal, is an inspirational gift for anyone going through a serious illness or someone (who) just needs a bouquet of warm and fuzzy thoughts."

Brackett, who specializes in nature photos, journals about her thoughts while providing breath-taking photos of Mother Nature. For instance, in her entry titled, The Stages of Life, she writes about the Cleome, more commonly known as the "spider flower":

This flower was something I had never seen before. I found it very fascinating because it displayed all phases of life. The tall, regal stem with its spearmint-like leaves burst with this bloom. You can see the beginning buds, the partially opened flower, the fully opened flower, then, the end of the flowers. It reminded me how alike – this flower and I. We two shared the same type of life span. If you look at the flower, you can see more life than death, for the new buds are already there to add more life. It sustains itself. I am reminded that I need to keep life budding and blooming so I, too, will survive.

In addition to Brackett's entries, there are spaces for readers to write their responses to the photos or share their musings about their own personal circumstances.

Brackett wants to offer hope to all who read her book. She writes, "Reading that journal will lift your spirits and hlep strengthen your courage to turn those negatives into positives." 

This is a book for those who are trying to cope with an illness and those who have survived. 

Mother Nature's Spiritual Gift to You
Click HERE to preview Mother Nature's Spiritual Gift to You: A Photographic Journal.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

MANA IS NOW ON TWITTER! is happy to announce that we are now on Twitter! Read more articles, get more updates. 

You can find our page at

To do a search on the Twitter site, go to the search bar and type in "Marketing New Authors" or just click on the blue Twitter "bird" icon on the side of this blog.

Send us a tweet to let us know that you're following us on Twitter!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

An Interview With MANA Author Russ Grimes welcomes author Russ Grimes in his first interview for our blog. Russ Grimes is the author of Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man, his first self-published book.

His fictional work tells the story of a middle-aged man who goes on new adventures after opening a very special box and gaining extraordinary powers. The author uses writing to express his creativity and shares it with others. 

Q: Russ, What made you write Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man
A: I enjoy writing short stories. Publishing a larger story as a book seemed like a nice challenge.

Q: What was the most challenging aspect of getting this work completed and ready for the publisher? 
A: The initial comments from the reviewer. Even though there are many similarities to my family in this book, it is ultimately fictional. I had to remember not to take the comments and suggestions personally as the reviewer was trying to understand my writing and the concepts I was trying to convey to the reader.

Q: What help, if any, did you receive from the publisher? 
A: The publisher helped with the QA/QC (quality assurance/quality control) on the formatting, grammar, and content in the book, as well as assisting with the illustrations that are found throughout.

Q: Now, Russ, didn't you want to write another children's work? 
A. I am currently working on the follow up book to the first. I am currently finishing up the final 2 chapters in this sequel.

If you want to know more about becoming a MANA author, contact MANA at

Thursday, November 29, 2012

6 Questions To Answer Before Meeting Your National Novel Writing Month Deadline

It's only a matter of hours now before those of you who are writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month will upload your 50,000-word manuscript and claim your certificate of completion. 

Before you place the period at the end of your last sentence, take a few moments to answer these questions: 

• Did you get your point across? Writers are often so busy working on the plot, creating characters, describing the sights and sounds that sometimes they neglect to focus on the purpose of the story. Be sure to let readers know why you're writing the story in the first place. Is there a moral to your story? What do you want readers to take away from the story?

• Are your characters fully developed? Each character has to have a purpose, a mission for being in your story. The actions, thoughts and feelings of your characters should help to advance the plot of your story.

• Does your story flow? Moving your story forward to build up toward the end is a process that takes some thought, and possibly several rewrites. Timelines work well in moving a story along. Creating events, some action, conflicts, and deepening a mystery also add to the movement of a story.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Need a Gift Idea? Try The "Lea Song Trilogy" by JaiLeen Shepherd

If you're looking for a Christmas gift idea for youngsters or pre-teens, consider the Lea Song Trilogy. The books can be read independently of each other since each book tells its own story, or read as a trilogy. Either way, children will find these books delightful: 

Lea's Song: The Life Of A Very Special Horse
The first book of the trilogy introduces Lea, the first horse born with hooves into a herd of prehistoric horses, miniatures with soft toes. She has a multi-colored coat, unlike any member of the herd. Lea is not accepted because she looks different. Lea ventures into The Forest where no horse of The Meadow has ever gone before. She carries the love and strength taught by her parents into each challenge she faces. Eventually, Lea grows a spectacular horn and each time she helps someone, it grows a new knob. 

This book targets pre-teens and early teens who are confused about their identity and need to learn how to establish themselves. It is also for younger children who feel they must be a bully to be recognized and for children who are the brunt of the bully's teasing. 

Anan: Sequel to Lea's Song. In this continuation of the story, Anan becomes a part of a new family. Anan encounters a dangerous bully, falls in love, has a foal, and encounters the final challenge–death. This story is beautifully told story for pre-teens, and for those who are trying to find their paths in this very challenging world. It is through this story about special horses that 10 year olds through 13 year olds will be able to relate. Basic values and lessons of life are woven through this book, one reviewer says, and those include seeking one's path, accepting differences, being thankful for everyone and everything, and accepting oneself.

Suzi-Q, a spirited little horse who is wise beyond her years, becomes a caregiver for Ashie, born with deformed fetlocks. Their path takes them to meet Anan¹s friends and families and the masterful teacher, St. William Buffalo, who tells them they are Teachers of Love, the same path of Lea and Anan. They help to change the Demons of the Dark to become Servers of the Light as they fulfill their own life¹s desires.
This book is for everyone who wants to believe that change can take place and that dreams can be fulfilled.

These books are available for $9.95 each or $24.95 for the complete trilogy, a $5 savings. And remember, $7 will be donated to the American Red Cross for each purchase made. To preview the books, go to

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Make MANA Pay...The American Red Cross continues its commitment to donate to the relief efforts of the American Red Cross for those challenged by Hurricane Sandy.

MANA will pay to the American Red Cross:

•$7 for every book purchase made from the web site.
•10 percent of any MANA services purchased, including self-publishing plans or social media services.
•10 percent of the $25 registration fee for MANA's Creative Writing Seminar on Feb. 8, 2013.
•10 percent of the fee for becoming a MANA franchisee.
•10 percent of the fee for submitting a poem or short story for the Senior Writer's (65+ years) project.
•$10 for every 25 posts on the MANA Short Story found on the MANA Blog.

As the holiday season approaches, what better time to Make MANA Pay (with the holiday spirit) the American Red Cross? MANA has self-publishing and marketing services to offer as well as products and a wide range of services.  So, it should be very easy for you and your friends to help out the survivors of this terrible disaster today by making MANA (happily) pay!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Help, I'm Stuck in the Middle of My Story! Now What?

Developing the middle of a story when you don't know what to write is like getting stuck in quicksand; you're sinking fast and don't know what to do. If this describes where you are now, then you are in good company. Anyone who has ever written an article, an essay, a short story or a novel knows first-hand about what you are going through now.

The middle part of a novel is where writers give up their hope of completing their manuscript because they are not sure how to move the story along and further develop the characters. 

This article attempts to give you, the writer, just a couple of ideas. However, there are multiple ways of accomplishing this feat. Remember to do what works the best for you And, if you are writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month, these ideas may help you to move forward so that you can meet your November 30, 2012, deadline. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

On Veteran's Day, Remember Veterans and Soldiers Currently Serving

In honor of Veteran's Day,  MANA is featuring A Soldier's Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life by Captain Adrian D. Massey and A Collection of Prayers by an Alpha Man by Dr. Clarence C. Straham, Veteran and Professor of Mathematics.

The work by Massey is a provocative collection of poetry that covers all aspects of life. It is a fine work for anyone who loves poetry. And for educators, this is a fine work to use as a literary selection.

The work by Straham is a modern-day Book of Psalms that addresses every challenge a person all face. It is an inspiring work. The works by Straham and Massey are fine books by a veteran and a soldier for one who wants to celebrate Veteran's Day!

Although Veteran's Day is only one day in the year, every day of the year, remember soldiers currently serving and those who have served. Also, help MANA contribute to the aid of those who have been challenged by Hurricane Sandy. Purchasing a book by a soldier or veteran will help honor these men as well as those who are currently in need.

Our Price: Make a purchase and MANA will donate the purchase amount to the American Red Cross for its Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.

How to Write a Novel in 21 Slow and Easy Steps

For those of you who are writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month, we have an article just for you. Click on the link to read the article:,0,3807748.story.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Help the American Red Cross through the MANA Short Story

MarketingNewAuthors has a different kind of offer for you that won't cost you any money yet will help many people recovering from  the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

MANA is inviting everyone to participate in The MANA Short Story which is a featured post on our blog. The goal is to use the photo on the post as a prompt to begin writing a story. No more than five sentences are needed.

For every 25 posts that are written, MANA, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, will donate $10 to the American Red Cross.

Your literary contribution is a unique way to give to the American Red Cross from your heart.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

MANA To Donate Rebates to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

As we watch the news and look at photos online of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we at MANA want to say that our prayers and thoughts go out to the hurricane survivors and their families.

It's encouraging to see the generous donations coming in to volunteer organizations like the American Red Cross. It's also heartening to see partisan politics put aside, albeit briefly, to focus on what really matters–helping those in need.

In a previous holiday promotional post titled "MANA's Lucky 7," MANA offered a special $7 rebate. Because of the drastic circumstances caused by the storm, MANA has changed this so that the $7 rebate will go instead to the American Red Cross's Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts. Visit the blog post, "MANA's Lucky 7" for more information on the rebate.

In addition, any self-publishing plans purchased between now and December 31, 2012, MANA will donate 10 percent of the money received to the American Red Cross.

We congratulate and salute the first responders and volunteers who risked their lives for the sake of others.  You are all in our thoughts.


The MANA Team

10 More Notable Quotes About Books and Writing

We love quotes about books, actually we love everything about books. Read more quotes here:

10 More Notable Quotes About Books and Writing

Friday, November 2, 2012

Have You Started Your Novel Yet?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) officially kicked off Thursday. For those of you participating, MANA wants to help you with your goal of writing a 50,000-word fiction novel from scratch in 30 days.

MANA is not sponsoring NaNoWriMo but is encouraging writers to preservere and finish the task. It's not too late to sign-up for the project. If you are interested, go to NaNoWriMo's website to find out more information.

In the meantime, MANA will offer writing tips, articles and exercises to help stir your creativity. One fun activity we have is the new MANA Short Story. You don't have to be involved in NaNoWriMo to participate in the MANA Short Story. Anyone who wants a challenge (or a break from writing your novel), can go to the post now and getting started!

In the meantime, author Tom Robbins gives a pep talk to writers:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Join The MANA Short Story


The first person to post should use the photo as a prompt. No more than five sentences are needed. Of course, more are fine.

Then, the next person should add onto the first post. After that every person should add to the story of the previous person.

Let's see how this story progresses. Make this story your story. And, yes, you can post more than one time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ready! Set! Write During National Novel Writing Month in November

Starting November 1, thousands of writers across the world will begin their quest to write the novel that they have been putting off writing for years. 

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an annual event sponsored by a nonprofit organization called, The Office of Letters and Light. 

NaNoWriMo challenges individuals to channel their "inner author" and write a 50,000-word fiction novel "from scratch" in 30 days during the month of November. 

Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month, says, "NaNoWriMo is the writing world's version of a marathon. Writers exit the month with more than a novel; they've experienced a transformative creative journey."

According to the organizers, NaNoWriMo is the "world's largest writing event and nonprofit literary crusade."A press release about the event says there are no judges, no prizes, and entries are deleted from the server before anyone even reads them. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Welcome to the First Issue of THE MANA SUNSET (MANA) is a company that provides more than publishing, marketing and distribution services for authors and small publishers. 

MANA represents different authors and small publishers' publications on its web site. And now, this newsletter is an added service that MANA will provide for people who love to write and read good writing.

MANA is focused on helping good writers become better. Also, it wants to give newly published authors an avenue to expose their work. THE MANA SUNSET will serve this purpose at no cost to anyone who reads it.

THE MANA SUNSET will come out six times a year––October, December, February, April, June, and August. A paid internship for college journalism majors to set up and edit next year's issues will be available. Contact MANA for more details at or call 734-975-0028.


Banned From Being Distributed in France

Contains Provocative Information for Parents who Fear Child Indoctrination 

The Real Reason for the War on Terror

Robin de Ruiter and Fritz Springmeier have done their homework. Published by Amsterdam-based Mayra Publications, this book demonstrates more than unfounded theories. This books shows there is a group of "the privileged chosen" that is focused on controlling the world's fate. John Kennedy's death did not just occur. 911 did not just happen because of some Al-Qaeda terrorists.

The thoroughly documented details force every reader to reconsider several historical events that have had political implications. Worldwide Evil and Misery: The Legacy of the 13 Satanic Bloodlines answer the major question, Yes, a conspiracy does exist! The "privileged chosen" has a long-standing plan, and this work documents it. Worldwide Evil and Misery shows the power of research. This is a work for those who respect the power of the written word. Available in English and Spanish. To order the book, go to


Professor Gregory Shafer writers: "Facing the blank page is perhaps the most intimidating part of writing. With a flurry of ideas blowing chaotically in our heads, it is amazing that anything ever gets written. The key to starting the writing process and avoiding what has become as writer's block is to remember that writing is very much like planting seeds. Each time we write paragraphs, we lay down another set of ideas that help us to generate other ideas. The process is organic and self-perpetuating. 

The key is to write so that you have something upon which to build. Each paragraph we pen is filled with a direction, with a life of its own. And while some of these ideas will never flower, others will take root and become the first draft of our paper. So, I keep a pad of paper close and free write while I eat breakfast or while I'm relaxing...

The first step, then, is to ask yourself what it is you want to say to your audience. You could, for instance, reflect on the terrible absence of morals in society by describing a mugging and providing images of the people who are too busy to help or intercede. If such a description is effective, you'll never have to say a thing about the ignominy of the event, since it will all be obvious. Your description will do your talking for you."

To order the book, go to


Russ Grimes at a book signing

As a child, Russ Grimes always enjoyed fantasies and stories of adventures. These genres gave him the basis for his work. He wanted to write a story that children could enjoy. He wanted to give children a superhero who could be a real person, a loving father and a husband who happens to gain super powers. This was the basis for his writing of The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man. He plans to write a sequel to this book by 2013. To find out more information about 
this book, go to: 


Grammar is personal. As one gets older, in many cases any correction is not taken well. This newsletter is for all writers at every level of skills. So, this section should be relevant to some of you as budding writers or experienced writers who have a hidden fear of hoping the grammar check on the computer does not fail you.

Why do you writer "have come" or "have gone" or "have seen" and not "have came" or "have went" or "have saw"?

Did you know that "have" is a helping verb that can be used with only one group of verbs? That group is Group 4.

The four main verb groups are:

Group 1    come          go           see
Group 2    came         went        saw
Group 3    coming      going      seeing
Group 4    come         gone       seen

The Group 2 main form of a verb never has any helping verb before it. Yet, Group 4 main verbs MUST have a helping verb before it:

has, have, had, is, am, was, were, be

So, for the Standard English dialect, this is why "have come," "have gone," and "have seen" are correct. Although the work will be in the passive voice (we can discuss this in the next issues), "is come," "is gone," and "is seen" are correct, too.


Marion Cornett moved into the bedroom community of Fowlerville, MI, and became fascinated with its history. Her interest for this community prompted her to write her first book title, The Fowlerville Chronicles. This book showed how a small group of settlers persevered through so much to build this enclave that is about 90 miles west of Detroit.  Find out more about the book at

Through the Eyes of a Country Editor: The Life and Writings of G.L. Adams, Editor of the Fowlerville Review, 1974-1929 showed the experiences of a young journalist as he chronicled the birth of Fowlerville. He kept a record of the fires, births, deaths, inventions, and so much more. Adams demonstrated why a journalist was and is so very important for any community. This work should appeal to historians and journalists and journalism students.

Cornett had a purpose for both books. Even more important, she had passion. Those are two key ingredients to become a writer of fact or fiction. Interested in her works? Read more at:


Upon receiving recommendation letters, a writing sample and a transcript, MANA will choose an applicant to set up and edit one of the remaining issues. His/her creativity in the layout of this newsletter and the content will determine the finalist.

At the end of the summer, MANA will designate the journalism student whose issue of THE MANA SUNSET is the best. The editor of that issue will receive a paid internship for the 2013-2014 issues of THE MANA SUNSET. For more details, email MANA at


(Submissions to "The MANA Passion for Poetry Poets' Contest" will be chosen to appear in this section of the newsletter)


I am lemonade.

These sour eyes rain
Like lemon juice.
The intensity of each day
Makes my head squeeze.

Lemonade am I.


After a sumptuous Chinese meal
her stomach full and pleasantly
the bill is paid.
The cashier hands off the receipt
on a little black tray:
two peppermints and fortune
Cracked cookie still in plastic,
opened just enough to get out its little
"With every deed you are sowing a
though the harvest you may not


They call us soldiers of fortune,
But we've been
marginally mixed in the madness
of egoism, false pride, and political

I am a poet and a soldier;
I have no fortune.
At this moment I am not sure
whether to bear arms or pen.
7.62 ballpoint is not as piercing as
my Papermate Flex Grip Ultra.

I am lost in this uniform in a
field of green, and camouflaged
from myself.

––Captain Adrian D. Massey
A Soldier's Poetic Response
Book located on MANA's website

In March 2012, MANA used this photo as a prompt to begin the MANA blog story. One writer began the story, and other writers continued it. Here a couple of examples of what was written:

Rex&#39–March 20, 2012 11:47 AM

Off the coast of Florida, George and Allie were basking on their boat. George decided he was going to fish from the back of the boat. Allie noticed that he had gotten up to leave, but decided there was no reason for her to stop him. She simply wasn't worried about anything that he did. After all, she trusted him and was confident that he wouldn't go and hurt himself. Ultimately, she believed him capable of handling anything that he did. Their long-standing relationship, friendship and companionship helped cement this believe into her mind.

nightmare1992––March 21, 2012 3:11 PM

Allie was laying on the front of the boat thinking of what a wonderful life she has with George. Then, she was startled by a noise at the back of the boat.

MANA invites you to read the continuation of this post at

MANA will post a new graphic prompt for a new MANA Blog Story. You can make this an even better continuing story. Keep a look out for the post of Nov. 1.

Want to become a published author/poet? Enter the Contests!

Submissions due: October 25, 2012

Submissions due: October 30, 2012

Go to for details on both writing contests.


Advertise your book throughout this newsletter. Did you like how MANA highlighted different books in this newsletter? Yours can also be highlighted at a reasonable cost. Just submit a jpg of your book cover, a brief description of content, and author's name. And if you know of someone who has a business that can benefit authors, this would be the page to place your business card ad. Advertise any specific service you have that will help writers.

Costs of ads for a book or service:

For one issue: $25
For three issues: $60
For all issues: $100

Upcoming Creative Writing Online Seminar

This online seminar will cover:

* The creative writing process—geting started, developing characters, and developing plots * The discussion of anonymously submitted excerpts seminar participants’ works

* Tips on becoming published


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Send to:; 2910 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.; Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Send via mail until posting on the MANA site.
Hope to “see” you at the seminar. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Just in Time For Halloween: 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children

Author Winifred Parker
Winifred Parker, author of 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children, enjoyed telling her grandchildren scary tales just as much as they enjoyed listening to them. 

In fact, her grandson, Vince, also asked her to tell him a story. His requests encouraged Ms. Parker to write a book. And, to the delight of her grandchildren, Vince and his sister Julia, Ms. Parker made them characters in her book. 

Ms Parker's book, 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children is a delightfully-told and illustrated work that children ages 6 to 11 would enjoy. The first story innocently with 8-year-old Julia O'Brien and her 14-year-old brother, VInce, walking their dog, Boomer, to a park not too far from their home. 

While enjoying their walk and meeting up with friends, Julia hears a cry for help. Julia, Vince and others came to the aid of a boy, who was sitting along a path in the woods. He told the children:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October is National Book Month

Book a trip this month!

Embark on the journey of a lifetime, travel to exotic places, mythical lands and experience adventure beyond imagination. Or escape to another era all together. All without luggage, tickets, a passport or leaving home. All you need is an open mind. And an open book.

You've already discovered the ultimate book lover's destination for great ideas on how to bring the power of reading into your life.

Celebrating National Book Month starts at home. Curl up with your family and a good book, and commemorate America's annual celebration of writers and readers. Here are more ideas that can help you and your family celebrate National Book Month:

Introduce literature into family game night. "Charades" with book titles, "Name That Book," or
   "Win,  Lose, or Draw." It's a little variation on some old favorites.

Family trips to the local library. Everyone in the family must check out at least one book.

• Family Reading Night. Set aside one night a week to read and discuss a book.

Recreate scenes from your favorite books.

• Read to your children. 

Article Source: National Book Foundation

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Banned Books Week Marks 30th Anniversary

Banned Books Week, the American Library Association's (ALA) celebration of the freedom to read, runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6. The annual event highlights the value of free and open access to information. Award-winning broadcast journalists Bill Moyers and Judith Davidson Moyers are this year's honorary co-chairs. 

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Since then, thousands of individuals and institutions across the United States have participated in Banned Books Week, and it has grown into a premier literary event and a national awareness and advocacy campaign around censorship. More than 11,300 books have been challenged over the past 30 years, according to the ALA.

In honor of the 30th anniversary, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom established a 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week in coordination with ALA ChaptersThe 50 State Salute consists of videos on how each state celebrates the freedom to read.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Deadlines Approaching for MANA's Writing Contests

The clock is ticking. Don't forget to submit your entries to The MANA Sunrise Writers' Contest and The MANA Passion for Poetry Poets' Contest.

The deadline for the MANA Sunrise Writers' Contest is October 25, 2012. The deadline for the Passion for Poetry Poets' Contest is October 30, 2012.

For more details, visit

Saturday, September 22, 2012

National Book Festival Kicks Off Today in D.C.

The 12th Annual National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress begins today on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

According to the LOC's web site, the two-day festival will feature more than 100 authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions, including Science Fiction Fantasy & Graphic Novels, Children, Teens, Poetry & Prose and Special Programs.

Check out the official festival poster here on the blog. The Washington Post has an article on how the artist, Rafael Lopez, created the official poster. In addition, the Post has a Special Report which contains several articles on the event that you might find interesting.

Author Describes How Her Life Changed in "One Split Second"

One split second can change your life forever. Author Suzan Bryan Hoppe knew this all to well. As a wife, mother, an insurance agent, and an active member of her church, Suzan's life was anything but boring. 
All was going well until one day, every parents' nightmare occurred: Her son, Danny, was involved in a serious accident that left him with a closed-head injury. Suzan described the tragedy in her non-fiction book, One Split Second. She and her husband, Doug, experienced the stages that families must go through in order to help their child heal. 
If that weren't enough, Suzan supported her husband, Doug, as he encountered lung problems, back surgery and open heart surgery. All the while, Suzan kept up her pace of helping family members, volunteering, attending head injury meetings, and working. 
At one point, she was preparing for a business trip to Indiana and was looking forward to relaxing and being with her friends. Before traveling to Indiana, she attended a trustee meeting at her church one evening. It was there that her head began to ache. Her headache continued when she got home. Suzan described that evening: 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Worldwide Evil and Misery" Remains MANA's Best-Selling Book has published and marketed many books, yet, there's one book that remains MANA's best-seller and that is, Worldwide Evil and Misery: The Legacy of the 13 Satanic Bloodlines by Robin de Ruiter and Fritz A. Springmeir.

Maybe because the book was banned in France. Maybe because it's the government conspiracy theories or the suggestion that the world's richest families are controlling countries behind the scenes. Maybe it's the belief that there is more to Sept. 11, 2001, that hasn't been reported to the public. Maybe it's the authors' explanation for the reasons behind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whatever it is, readers continue to order the book.

The book promotes the belief that the visible world leaders are mere puppets directed by an invisible power from behind the scenes. Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who have become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery.