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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.

MANA Launches Writing Project for Seniors

If you're over 65 years old and have always wanted to be published, then the MANA SENIORS WRITING PROJECT is just for you. 

MANA plans to compile writings from seniors and publish them in a book titled, Seniors Sharing and Sayin' Through Their Prose and Poetry.  Submitted works of no more than 1,000 words can include a collection of poems, short stories or one lengthy piece. 

The project's goal is to recognize seniors for their literary talent. Each contributing author will receive a copy of the book, which will be launched and ready for sales as a hard copy or e-Book by the end of August 2013. 

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 http://www.marketingnewauthors.com/contests.html.

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: 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

From Books to Movie Theaters

Yes, we know this has nothing to do with self-publishing or marketing books. But for those of you who like to go to the movies, we thought you would enjoy this behind-the-scenes information from movie theater employees.

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-things-a-movie-theater-employee-won’t-tell-you/?trkid=outbrain-all#slideshow=slide13



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Worldwide Evil and Misery" Remains MANA's Best-Selling Book

MarektingNewAuthors.com 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.

Friday, September 14, 2012

MANA Offers 100% Royalty


For a limited time, MANA is offering 100% royalty for customers who want to self-publish a book with MANA.
This is the first time MANA is offering new authors and small publishers a chance to receive all of their royalty. This offer is for customers who do not want MANA's marketing or distribution services, but only a presence on MANA's web site.
MANA has several self-publishing and marketing plans from which to choose. The amount of royalty a customer receives varies depending on the publishing plan selected. 
Until December 25, MANA will be offering:
• 100% royalty for authors and small publishers who want no marketing or distribution services (no shipping and handling by MANA), only website presence on the MANA site;
• 90% royalty for authors and small publishers who want no marketing but do want web presence on the MANA site and for MANA to handle the shipping and handling;
• 70% royalty for authors and small publishers who want the full line of MANA's marketing and distribution services.
For questions or for more information about the 100% royalty offer, contact MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com.
For details on publishing plans, visit MANA's web site at:  http://www.marketingnewauthors.com/selfpub.html.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What We're Reading: "The Glen, A Love Story"



If you're in the mood for mystery, myth and romance, then you'll want to read The Glen, A Love Story, by Marie Coté Sherhart.

The main character, Devon Fournier, is a successful fiction writer who lives in the woods in the Adirondacks with her pets. Devon is forced to face her past as she recovers from the death of her lover, Ron. Sherhart writes:

Having gone through the debilitating and dignity-robbing crisis of Chemo and other medications, Ron had finally given in and let go. For the longer time, no one was able to bring Devon around. Not her friends, not her family. She spent each day alone, without human interaction, only her animals to keep her company. After his death, she was in agony for over a year. When it was over for him, it was just starting for Devon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Reading Rainbow" is Back, This Time on an App


Remember Reading Rainbow, the PBS children's program from the 1980s? Now there's an app for that thanks to LeVar Burton, the show's host. 

Burton and Mark Wolfe, his business partner, bought the rights to the name, Reading Rainbow and created an iPad app that has clips from the show, video field trips, and more than 150 books.

Let's Be Kind to Writers and Editors this Month


MarketingNewAuthors.com would like to take time out to recognize all the writers and editors who work hard to create books, magazines, newsletters and any other type of written publications.

Why are we doing this, you may ask? Because recently, MANA discovered that September is National Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month. Really? Yes. 

Apparently, the annual observance was started by a writers' group in 1984 in San Antonio, Texas. The purpose was to honor the hard work of editors and writers. After all, they keep us informed and entertained.

So, how do you celebrate National Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month? Read more books? Write a note of thanks? Give them gifts? If so, what do you give them?