Thursday, August 30, 2012

Write Place, Write Time: Lee Woodruff

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Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant, has this hanging in her office where she writes her novels. Many writers find comfortable places either at home, at a cottage or even in public places to work on their manuscripts.

Some writers find that the best place to write is a place with little to no distractions: no mobile phones, no loud talking, no television. This might be a hard place to find, particularly for writers who cannot afford to get away to a cottage or office. No matter where you are, though, you can easily turn off your mobile and television. 

Writing requires intense concentration at times. Having a comfortable place in which you are familiar can start the creative juices to flowing. Soon, you are absorbed in your work, momentarily forgetting about everything else.

Friday, August 24, 2012

"25% Off on the 25th Sale" Starts Tomorrow

Why not spend some time now checking out MANA's web site in preparation for the "25% Off on the 25th Sale" that starts Saturday. All merchandise is 25% off the regular price. There's plenty to choose from including self-publishing and marketing plans. Take advantage of the savings!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Attention Marketing Students: Winter Internships Available from MANA (MANA) is now accepting applications for winter internships from college or university marketing students. MANA's internships will allow students to put into practice what they learn in the classroom. 

Interns will be responsible for marketing MANA publications, self-publishing and marketing plans. For every book, self-publishing or marketing plan sold, interns will receive 20% of the sale. This is the only payment the intern will receive. There is potential for well-motivated interns to receive lucrative benefits from selling products or services offered on MANA's web site. 

The internship will begin for the Winter semester 2013 and end June 30, 2013.

If interested, submit a resume, writing sample, and a professor's recommendation to

Save with MANA's "25% Off on the 25th Sale"

Due to the success of the "Christmas in July: 25% Off on the 25th Sale," MANA has decided to have another sale on Aug. 25th.

With MANA's "25% Off on the 25th Sale," you will immediately receive a rebate check of 25% off of ANY purchase made from the MANA web site on Saturday, Aug. 25.

MANA has books, e-books and more to offer. The sale also extends to MANA's self-publishing plans. MANA has many publications and more to offer! Start your holiday shopping now by visiting MANA's web site at

Monday, August 13, 2012


If you are a college faculty author and have quality manuscripts that you want to provide to your students, then you may want to consider using the services of Robbie Dean Press, L.L.C.

Robbie Dean Press (RDP) is a traditional publishing company that has provided services to faculty authors since 1991. RDP is also the parent company of 

From fiction to text books, RDP has established itself as the publishing company that focuses on works that appeal to very important, but small audiences. 

Want more information? Visit Robbie Dean Press' web site at:

Teaching Your Child Honor Through the Alphabet

Watch the TV news or read a newspaper on any given day and you are almost guaranteed to find examples of scandals and unethical behavior in any profession. 

Parents who want to teach their adolescent or teen-age children about values and honesty can take these stories and turn them into teaching opportunities. For younger children, however, parents may want to consider something more age-appropriate, such as the  book, Alphabet of Honor by Ann Warkentin.

This book, available through MANA, can serve as a catalyst for key discussions in families as well as in the classroom. Alphabet of Honor encourages discussion to help parents and teachers instill a child's development of ethics, a clear sense of right and wrong and a sense of honor. Warkentin does this in a unique way: By using the letters of the alphabet.  

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Calling All New Authors!

Are you a new author looking for a way to promote your book? If so, MANA may be able to help you. MANA is launching a newsletter for writers in October. This will be a perfect vehicle for advertising your work. Your ad only needs to have a brief description about your book's content (a maximum 50 words), a JPEG graphic of the cover, and the URL link to your book's web site or blog. 

And, don't forget to submit your manuscript and/or poetry to MANA's writing contests. You can find all the details by going to:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

From Bully To Buddy: Teaching Kids How to Handle Their Enemies

Bullies. We've all dealt with them, whether in school, work or within our own families. If you are a parent preparing your kids to go back to school, now is a perfect time for you to discuss the topic of bullying. If there's one question parents should expect their kids to ask them is: "How do I handle a bully?"

Fortunately, school psychologist Izzy Kalman explores that question in his book, Bullies to Buddies: How to turn your enemies into friends. Kalman writes that his ideas "may seem radical" compared to what's being said today about bullying, but they are "totally consistent with the wisdom of the ages."

In the Introduction of Bullies to Buddies, Kalman states his purpose for writing the book:
If you are a victim of bullying, there are two basic ways to solve your problem. One way is by forcing everyone in the world to stop bullying, and then you will be free of bullying. The other way is by teaching you how to stop being a victim. However, even the best-researched anti-bullying programs claim only a 50% reduction in bullying. If your happiness depends upon the success of the campaign against bullies, you will spend the rest of your life in misery. 
On the other hand, if you know how to handle bullying, you don’t have to wait for the world to change. Your problem is solved in no time. And that is the purpose of this book. It solves the problem of victims in the most efficient way possible: by teaching them how to turn their bullies into buddies. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Need a Writing Resource? Consider Process & Voice in the Writing Workshop

Writers have plenty of questions before they begin a writing project:  "How do I get started?" "How do I convey this action to the reader?" "How do I describe a character?"

While most writers know what they want to write about, knowing how to write it is a different story. The anxiety over starting a manuscript can be paralyzing. And, if you're paralyzed in your thinking, the thoughts on how to develop your story will not flow. 

If this sounds like something you've experienced as a writer, you may want to take a moment to read Gregory Shafer's book, Process & Voice in the Writing Workshop. 

Shafer, an English professor, initially wrote this book to help his students who were overwhelmed with books and instruction on the writing process. What Shafer shares is solid advice that is beneficial to all writers. 

Shafer starts by giving a few suggestions to "awaken the writer" before the process begins:

Saturday, August 4, 2012

"Sweet Dreams Dakota" Helps Children With School Transitions

It's that time of year again when kids have gone back to school or preparing to start after Labor Day. While some kids are excited about seeing their friends, there are others who are nervous because they are attending a new school.

If you know a child who is dreading the first day of school, then chances are they can relate to the character of Abby, in the book, Sweet Dreams, Dakota, by Kaitlyn McClain. 

The book, targeted toward fifth to eighth grade students, tells the story of Abby, whose family is Native American. Abby has to go to a new school because she moved into a new home in the city: 

MANA has a Business Opportunity for you: Become a MANA Franchisee

If you are one of the many people looking for new business opportunities to help supplement your income, why not think outside the box. (MANA) offers an opportunity to become a franchisee of MANA, a company that provides publishing, marketing and distribution services to authors and companies representing authors. 

MANA franchisees can earn:

*40% royalty for any book sold that is on the MANA site

*30% royalty for any self-publishing or marketing contract

*$250 bonus for every set of five (5) self-publishing plans

A MANA franchisee can sell any service or book that's on MANA's website. MANA's staff takes care of shipping and handling and any other communication. MANA will also take care of self-publishing and marketing plans. If a franchisee has a web site, MANA will set up a link to that site.

MANA's franchise fee is $2,500 for the first (1st) year. Renewal fee for the consecutive years is $1,500 per year. 

So consider becoming a MANA franchisee.  MANA is offering a 25% sale off the franchise fee until November 25, 2012.

Interested? Contact MANA at