Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Do You Know How to Market Your Book? Listen to MANA's Notables for New Authors Podcast

Marketing is a key component for getting your book out in the hands of readers. Do you know how to market your book? If not, listen to the podcast to find out how.

This is the last podcast of a 3-part series for new authors. Part 1 dealt with how to become published. Part 2 focused on how to obtain an illustrator. Both podcasts are available for replay. 

If you are definitely serious about becoming a published author in 2014 or want to publish another manuscript, then you must listen to the podcast. You will be glad that you did!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Blog Talk Radio Podcast with MANA Founder, Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott

Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott, founder of and Robbie Dean Press, shared insights with Stacie Walker into what it takes to run a publishing business. Stacie Walker is the host of "Woman in Leadership Show" on Blog Talk Radio.

Book publishing is extremely important to build your brand and to increase your authority as an entrepreneur. Listen to the podcast: 

Popular Books Internet Radio with Woman in Leadership Show on BlogTalkRadio

Interview With MANA's Founder, Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott on Blog Talk Radio Today

Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott, founder of Robbie Dean Press and, will be a guest on the "Women in Leadership" Blog Talk Radio program hosted by Stacie Walker today at 3:30 p.m. EST/2:30 p.m. CST.

Dr. Hayes-Scott will share some insights into what it takes to run two book publishing companies. Publishing a book is extremely important to building your brand and increasing your authority as an entrepreneur. 

Follow this link to listen to the "Women in Leadership" program today at 3:30 p.m. EST/2:30 p.m. CST:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans, MANA Honors You

MANA has had the honor to publish and promote books written by veterans. MANA would like to honor our veterans who have served as soldiers on the field and soldiers of literature.

Thank You, Mr. Richard S. Rose
Mr. Rose served in Vietnam and honored MANA by submitting his work in our 2013 Writing Contest for writers of short stories and other prose. He won first place with his unique collection of short stories, Did You Ever Try to Melt A Lemon Drop: And Other Tales of Life Seen Through Rose-Colored Glasses.

Thank You, Captain Adrian Massey
Captain Adrian D. Massey has served his country with two deployments in Iraq. And he continues to serve. He is the voice for himself and other soldiers in A Soldier's Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life.

Thank You, Dr. Clarence C. Straham
Dr. Straham has now passed. However, his service to his country can never be forgotten. He has made a lasting impact on so many with his work, A Collection of Prayers By An Alpha Man.

To preview the books, click on their titles.

Honoring Those Who Served

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November is National Novel Writing Month

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Writing Month
Writers from across the world sat down at their computers Friday to begin the task of writing their long-put-off fiction novel and finishing it by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an event beginning on Nov. 1, of each year, is sponsored by The Office of Letters and Light, a national nonprofit organization. NaNoWriMo challenges authors to write a 50,000-word fiction novel in 30 days. 

Authors who choose to accept the mission sign-up on NaNoWriMo's website. To encourage the authors, NaNoWriMo will have published authors, including Rainbow Rowell, who wrote the first draft of the popular Young Adult novel, Fangirl, during NaNoWriMo 2012, to give pep talks to participants. Last year, 341, 375 writers participated in the project. 

For more information about National Novel Writing Month, follow this link to NaNoWriMo's website.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Superstorm Sandy Book Fundraiser Still Meeting Needs

It’s been nearly a year since Hurricane Sandy hit the northeastern United States coastline on October 29, 2012. The hurricane was later downgraded to a Superstorm that hit parts of New York and New Jersey.

Dr. Kathy M. Woods Ignatoski, a Michigan resident, was concerned about her father, Harry Woods, who lived on Mystic Island. Superstorm Sandy eventually destroyed his home, which devastated Kathy’s then 12-year-old daughter, Theresa,  who loved visiting her grandfather. 

Theresa was so affected by her grandfather’s loss, that her teacher suggested she write a descriptive essay about the impact it had on her.  

So Dr. Ignatoski thought, if her daughter felt this way, how do children feel who actually went through the story? So she decided to publish a book of essays written by students. The book, Superstorm Sandy: In the Eyes of the Children, published by MANA, was used as a fundraiser with all proceeds going to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Tuckerton, NJ. 
MANA recently asked Dr. Ignatoski for an update on her grandfather, her daughter and how the book: 
MANA: How is your daughter doing? She was the inspiration behind the book, correct?
Dr. Kathy Woods Ignatoski:  My daughter is doing fine; although, watching documentaries on Sandy still get to her.  I am anxious to see what happens on the first anniversary.  However, she is excited about my dad’s new house and has been helping me shop for wall decorations and such.
MANA: How is your father doing? Has he relocated?
KWI: My dad has been living with my older brother in Freehold, NJ, since the storm (that is where he took refuge during the storm and has stayed on).  My dad is rebuilding.  He has been having issues with the SBA and the Sandy relief funds set up to help people.  The red tape and overwhelming need has caused a nightmare of a situation.  We are hoping his house is done by Thanksgiving, but that is a long shot.  Although, my dad’s builder called in a favor to get his siding done quickly, the demand is so overwhelming that the people doing siding are backed up 3 months!  This is the case for most construction, plumbing, electrical work there.  After almost a year, my dad still does not have a house to live in.

MANA: How many students and teachers were involved in creating the book?
KWI: To start the book, I approached all of my friends from Michigan who had ties to NJ and asked them to have their kids write something.  I also sent out a Facebook message to friends of mine back in NJ.  My cousin teaches fifth grade in Harrison, NJ, so she and her teacher friend had their classes write an essay as an assignment.  There is also a Catholic school that the parishioners of St. Theresa’s send their kids to in Southern NJ.  It has students from 19 parishes all around southern NJ.  Since those kids live where the worst damage occurred, their school had them all write essays about their experiences in the storm about a week after the storm hit and they had gotten back to school.  The essays from this school are some of the more scary ones in the book, as some of these kids stayed in their homes during the height of the storm.  I wish I could have gotten all of the essays from the school, but they had a worm hit their server shortly after I asked for the essays, so they were only able to send a few.  

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Halloween Treat For Youngsters: 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children

Winifred Parker's book, 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children is a delightfully-told illustrated work that children ages 6 to 11 would enjoy. 

Both stories have adventures, clear messages about right and wrong, and valuable information about the Black Hills of South Dakota that both children, parents and teachers will enjoy.

If you have grandchildren or know someone who does, you may want to have 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children by Winifred Parker as a Halloween treat for children. To find out more about this book, go to MarketingNewAuthor's website at

Friday, October 18, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

MANA Authors Hold Book Signing

If you are in the Flint, Michigan area, stop by and meet our two authors at a book signing.

Jessyca Mathews and Carrie Mattern will have a book signing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Biggby's Coffee, Suite F, 3093 South Linden Road, Flint, MI 48533.

Jessyca Mathews is the author of Simply: A Collection of Poetry, which was the winning manuscript in the MANA's 2013 Passion For Poetry Poet's Contest.

Carrie Mattern is the second prize winner of MANA's 2013 Sunrise Writer's Contest and author of All About Jane. Concerned about teenage drug use, bullying and teenage suicide? You must read, All About Jane.

To preview these books on MANA's website, click on the above titles.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Part 2 of the MANA's Notable for New Author's Podcast: Tips for Finding a Book Illustrator

Book illustration is essential to any successful book. Do you know how to find a book illustrator? Listen to the podcast to find out how? Listen to the latest "MANA Notables" Podcast which include tips for finding a book illustrator.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Help Your Children Learn Values With "Alphabet of Honor"

Adolescent and teenage students face peer pressure everyday which is why it's important parents start teaching their children at a young age about values and honesty. Author Ann Warkentin has written a book, Alphabet of Honor, that shows parents how to start the conversation with their youngsters. This book can be used not only at home, but at school. 

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.  

The book, naturally, begins with the letter,"A." This "A" is linked with "Accept Responsibility." The picture for this letter is of a little girl with a facial expression which indicates that something has happened to the toy that she is holding up. 

Based on this photo, the author poses the following questions to the readers: 

1. What do you think happened to the toy?

2. Is this girl in the photo the owner of the toy?

3. How would you feel if the toy were yours?

4. How could you accept responsibility?

5. Has this every happened to you?

6. How would you handle this? What would you do?

Children can answer these questions on their own or the adult reader can pose the questions and discuss the answer with the child. The photos and the text should appeal to a broad age range. 

For more information on Alphabet of Honor by Ann Warkentin, go to

Friday, September 20, 2013

MANA's Blog Continuing Short Story Continues!

We started our Blog Continuing Short Story earlier this year and the story continues. We have over 160 comments so far. Our readers have commented and made the story even more interesting. But most importantly, the contributors have helped MANA donate funds to the ALS Association. A special thanks to all who have made this possible by posting comments to the short story.

For every 20 posts on the MANA Blog Continuing Short Story, MANA will donate $10 to the ALS Association. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects a person's nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The ALS Association supports global research and advocacy for those facing the challenges of the disease. 

This year,  MANA is committing 10% of most of its sales to the ALS Association. The purpose of the Continuing Short Story is to offer a venue for readers to show their creativity and to raise awareness of ALS and funding for research. 

Feel free to contribute at any time to the short story. You can post as many times as you want. 

So, start posting today to continue the story! Click on the link to access the story:

Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing: What are the Differences?

Have you heard MANA's latest podcast for new authors? Find out what to expect when you sign a contract with a traditional publisher and a self-publishing company. Listen to the podcast here:

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Listen to Part 1 of MANA's Latest Podcast on Book Publishing Contracts

MANA wants to help you become a published author. Listen to the podcast to find out how. Before you sign a book publishing contract, listen to our "MANA Notables For New Authors" podcast which provides tips for new authors. Listen now, you'll be glad that you did.

Friday, September 6, 2013

RDP Book Release: Propaganda – American Style by Dr. Gregory Shafer

Propaganda – American Style: A Textbook for Critical Thinkers by Dr. Gregory Shafer. Read an excerpt from the first chapter:

To most Americans, propaganda is something that is done by other nations to other people. We think of communist propaganda, Nazi propaganda, or even European propaganda. Rarely, in our egocentric world, are we cognizant of the insidious and yet very vivid examples of propaganda American style. Why? Because we have been conditioned to believe that we live in a land of freedom and democracy – a place that is devoid of manipulation and mind control. 

The world of George Orwell's 1984 is interesting to us but only in its ability to reveal other worlds, where nefarious leaders use psychological strategies and deceptive language to control the actions of their citizens. Unfortunately, careful observation shows us that propaganda is very much a part of the American scene and is used frequently to dupe Americans into thinking and believing ideas that are not in their best interests.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Part 2: Interview with Author Richard Rose, MANA's 1st Prize Contest Winner

MANA continues its interview with Richard S. Rose, the First Prize winner of MANA's 2013 Sunrise Writer's Contest for his work, Did You Ever Try to Melt A Lemon Drop? And Other Tales of Life Seen Through Rose-Colored Glasses. 

MANA: When did you begin writing?
RR: I have been writing steadily since I was 15, and now I'm 81, a literary archeological relic waiting to be discovered. When I joined the Navy, I became a Navy journalist. I began putting out the ship's newspaper. I started the serial story, "Murder at Hayaku Harry's," set in Japan. That was subsequently rewritten with different settings, as a humorous speech for Toastmaster's International speech contests. Then, I attended Navy Journalist School in the summer of 1953 and then spent the next 18 years of my career in public relations, writing routine news releases, feature stories, and speeches, feature stories, and speeches for two admirals. In Vietnam I was in charge of a team of 32 Navy journalists, photographers, and photojournalist school graduates.

MANA: After retiring from the Navy, how did you further your writing career?
RR: After my retirement, I earned my BA and MA in English (with a creative writing emphasis). My first book, Moveable Forts and Magazines: A Novel of Vietnam, was my master's thesis. In 2012, I released a POD (print on demand) book, Vietnam Through Rose-Colored Glasses.  And learning about the contest, I decided to pull together some short stories I had written.

MANA: The staff of MANA is honored and pleased that you submitted your work. Now, MANA is honored that you are its first prize winner and author of "Did You Ever Try to Melt a Lemon Drop?" Thank you!

Did You Ever Try to Melt A Lemon Drop? And Other Tales of Life Seen Through Rose-Colored Glasses is a collection of short stories covering a mixture of themes, some dealing with war. All of the stories, however, deal with the discovering of the self. Richard Rose's book is  available for purchase for $12.95 on's web site. To find out more about this book or to order a copy, go to

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

MANA's Review: The Dalai Lama of the West: A Spiritual Treasury–Twenty-One Lessons of Light By Sir Peter Flanagan

The Dalai Lama of the West: A Spiritual Treasury – Twenty-One Lessons of Light shares the teachings of a Western philosopher named, Paul, who takes readers through a spiritual journey. Paul's purpose is not to make himself known, but to provide guidance for every person who wants to make his or her journey.
Rather then identify Paul, Sir Peter Flanagan, the editor of The Dalai Lama of the West, shares with the reader what Paul teaches. Paul was Sir Peter Flanagan's philosophy professor and described Paul as “a perfect example of one who lived the light. His life was a testament to the endless possibilities of the human spirit…Paul was an incarnation of love and mercy. Thus, like the Dalai Lama of Tibet, his life was an ode to beauty and truth.” 
This eBook is for every reader who is searching for truth and beauty, no matter his or herreligion. Paul’s guidance will help one get through that journey for the ultimate truth, beauty, and love.
Read the Foreward of this work:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Introducing Author Richard S. Rose, First Place MANA Contest Winner (MANA) welcomes Richard S. Rose to the MANA Family. Rose was the First Prize winner of MANA's 2013 Sunrise Writer's Contest for his work, Did You Ever Try to Melt A Lemon Drop? And Other Tales of Life Seen Through Rose-Colored Glasses. 

Richard Rose has been writing for over 70 years. Rose  was a journalist while in the Navy and spent 18 years working in public relations, writing news releases, feature stories, and speeches for admirals. While in Vietnam, he shepherded Navy  journalists, photographers, and photo journalist school graduates. Rose spent time in the Mekong Delta, writing feature stories on various Navy units. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English after retiring from the Navy. 

MANA: How did you become a writer?

Richard Rose: I became interested in High School, and just continued writing. I became a Navy Journalist and continued writing.

MANA: What influenced you to write your collection of short stories?

RR: I had a Creative Writing emphasis while working on my post -graduate degree.

MANA: Is there a short story that is your favorite? Why?

RR: More Than Love is Larry, because, despite its  downbeat ending, it is an experiment in sequential points of view. (That's one written by me. ) Otherwise De Maupesant's, The Necklace. 

MANA: Which one of the short stories that you have in the work you submitted to MANA is your favorite? 
RR: I listed the wrong title of my favorite – It's Point of View (The alternate title of More Than Love is Larry. I haven't decided which title I like more.)

MANA:  If you have been published before, what is the name of your first publication? 

RR: Moveable Forts & Magazines: A Novel of Vietnam, which was my Masters Thesis. It was printed by AuthorHouse in 2001, and reprinted as Tarnished Brass Curtain: A Novel of Vietnam in 2011, printed by CreateSpace. 

MANA: So, are you working on any other collection of short stories or a long novel?

RR: No. I just self-published Vietnam Through Rose-Colored Glasses through Create Space in December. That was a collection of commentaries, editorials, newsletter articles, doggerel verse from Saigon, and a couple of short stories. I still hold all the rights. I'll have to check to see if either was in the manuscript I sent you.

MANA: What advice would you give to other writers who are not sure whether to enter a writing contest?
RR: If the fees aren't too high, enter. Tarnished Brass Curtain was a co-winner in the 2011 Indie Excellence Awards, in the Military Fiction Category.

Did You Ever Try to Melt A Lemon Drop? And Other Tales of Life Seen Through Rose-Colored Glasses is a collection of short stories covering a mixture of themes, some dealing with war. All of the stories, however, deal with the discovering of the self.
Richard Rose's book is now available for purchase for $12.95 on's web site. To find out more about this book or to order a copy, go to

Monday, July 22, 2013

Yes, You Should Judge A Book By Its Cover

There's a saying that goes, "You can't judge a book by its cover." When it comes to a books, however, readers may leave the book on the shelf if the cover does not get their attention. 

Book covers are an important feature in the publishing process. Many times, authors are so focused on writing, that they do not give any thought to their cover until they have completed their manuscript.  Cover design should be considered even before writing begins. Not all authors will have ideas for book covers, which is why it is important to contact an artist or graphic designer who can create covers for them. 

MANA spoke with Bryant Messer, owner of Dreams and Visions, a graphic arts company, about the importance of designing attractive book covers: 

MANA: How important is it to have an attractive book cover?

Bryant Messer: Well, for me, it's what peaks my interest. If it catches my eye, I'll be more likely to pick the book up to see what it is about.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Using a Video to Promote Your Book

If you are an author and want to find another avenue to promote your book, consider producing a video trailer. 

A popular video site is YouTube, a video channel that started in February 2005. In November 2006, YouTube was purchased by Google. Now, YouTube has 1 billion user visits each month, and 100 hours of video are uploaded to the channel every minute, according to statistics provided by YouTube.

Another popular site is Vimeo, described as "video-centric social networking site," owned by IAC/InterActive Corp. Vimeo was founded in November 2004.

A recent study shows that videos are 100% more powerful in capturing user's attention, according to, a data visualization and infographic company.

Creating a video
Before creating a video account, you should first develop ideas for your video. This is considered the "pre-production" stage. Among the questions you will need to ask yourself are:

• How do I plan to feature my book in the video?  
• Where will I shoot the video? 
• Will I have actors or my friend in the video? 
• Do I need a script or a storyboard?
• What type of sound will I add? Music, sound effects?

Once those questions are answered, you will move into the "production" stage, which is when the video actually comes together. This is the time when the cameras "roll" and you (or your producer) yells, "action!"

Friday, June 21, 2013

Authors Discuss Writing and Their Books on Writers' Workshop Podcast

MANA recently sponsored a Writers' Workshop that featured a panel of three authors:

Jeff Wheeler 
Jeff Wheeler is the author of Where's Adam? Understanding a Father's Role. This book is about the important role father's play in their families and what happens when father's are absent from the home. Many of Mr. Wheeler's story featured in the book come from his time of serving as a police officer with  the Flint (MI) Police Department. This book is not only for parents, but also for those who work with young people and families. 

Jessyca Mathews

Jessyca Mathews is the author of  Simply: A Collection of Poetry. Ms. Mathews is the 2013 MANA Passion for Poetry Winner. She is also a high school teacher and an athletic coach. Ms. Mathews describes how publishing her first book has changed her life.

Gregory Shafer
Gregory Shafer is the author of Process and Voice in the Writing Workshop. An English professor, Dr. Shafer initially wrote this book to help his students who were overwhelmed with books and instruction on the writing process. Dr. Shafer shares solid advice that heps all writers. Dr. Shafer is also the author of  Linguistics For College Freshmen and Sophomores, and the upcoming Propaganda—American Style.

Listen to the podcast as the authors discuss why they decided to write their books and the process of writing.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

MANA's New Release: "Superstorm Sandy: In the Eyes of the Children" Now Available

Seven months before a tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, Superstorm Sandy destroyed parts of New Jersey and New York on October 29, 2012. Now, a new book has been released that describes the storm from the children's perspective. 

Superstorm Sandy: In the Eyes of the Childrenis a collection of essays from children who witnessed the destruction firsthand and felt – and some are still feeling – the devastating affects of the storm. Some residents are just now moving back into their rebuilt homes, while thousands of others are still homeless because their homes cannot be rebuilt or are still under reconstruction. 

In their essays, the children describe what they were doing before the storm hit,  the sights and sounds of the storm, how their homes were lost, and the pain and hearbreak they felt because of the storm. One student asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to "restore the shore." (Update: The Jersey Shore reopened Memorial Date weekend).

While many New York and New Jersey residents are trying to get their lives back on track, the emotional, psychological, and physical scars still remain from the storm, which flooded thousands of homes and caused dozens of death. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Bugle Calls

By Captain Adrian D. Massey
(For CPT Terrance Wright,  1LT Jeremy Wolfe, and our Fallen Comrades

Having been a witness at the windows of your soul, where we shared goals, dreams and life stories, 
I listened to you speaking of wanting to marry and have children. 
I watched your silent faith speak volumes. 
Having been even prepared for war, 
no one is prepared to lose a friend and comrade like this. 
Although your journey shortened, 
a Solider's soul never dies.
A flag is folded for you, 
and the bugle's tone vibrates
similar to your spirit in the air; 
it never ceases, always plays.
You are remembered and respected
as I pray for you, having been a witness
at the windows of your soul.
Tears run sharply down my face and theirs, 
my hand goes sharply up,
fingers to the corner of my right brow.
Young paratrooper, you are remembered.

Excerpt from A Solider's Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life. 
Click HERE to preview the book

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Top Ten Writing Rules From Famous Writers

Produced by Lyra Communications, this video of the Top Ten Writing Rules from famous writers will inspire your writing and your love for the craft.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May is ALS Awareness Month

May is ALS Awareness month and The ALS Association will mark the month with a call to action to "Create a world without ALS. Speak up now to give hope."

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects a person's nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The ALS Association supports global research and advocacy for those facing the challenges of the disease.

According to its most recent website traffic statistics, The ALS Association finds that more and more people are visiting looking for information about the disease, its symptoms, diagnoses and treatments. This month, The ALS Association will work to turn that interest into action through an online and social media campaign around the shared vision to create a world without ALS.

"We typically see a spike in our web traffic when someone very visible is connected to ALS," Jane H. Gilbert, President and CEO of The ALS Association, said in a prepared statement. "But those spikes are now built upon a solid stream of daily visitors. During this year's ALS Awareness Month, we want to funnel that interest into action to encourage people to get involved in the fight against this devastating disease."

This year, (MANA) is getting involved by committing 10% of most of its sales to The ALS Association. Also, MANA is also using its Sunriser blog to raise awareness of ALS with its MANA Blog Continuing Short Story. For every 20 posts on the MANA Blog Continuing Short Story, MANA will donate $10 to The ALS Association. So, it's not too late to submit your comments to the MANA Blog Continuing Short Story.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Raising An Avid Reader

By Amanda C Smathers 

Pride filled my heart and tears came to my eyes as I walked out of the parent/teacher conference. My three year old is growing up. Her daycare teacher told us that her favorite past time was to sit in the library section of the classroom with her best friend and take turns reading and pretending to be teachers. As a former teacher of eight years, I was delighted that her passion is books and I know this is not by chance.

My husband and I are both avid readers. He reads two magazines a week and I love reading a book or on the iPad before bed. When I was a kid I'd spend hours lost in a book. It would be nothing to spend the entire weekend reading a novel from cover to cover. As an adult, I miss that freedom of reading. I still find time to read but no longer can I forget my responsibilities.

Allow your children to catch you reading a book or magazine. It shows them that you value books and you enjoy reading. They will follow your example. When they are babies read out loud to them the Reader's Digest or your favorite author. Use an upbeat voice and it won't matter if you are reading a children's book or the latest detective novel.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

MANA Names Winners of its 2013 Winter Writer's Contest is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Winter Writer's Contest. 

Tiffany Purnell was selected Best Poet for her poem, "Exotic Chocolate Flower"  and Jeff Farris was selected for his short story, "Two Men Named Jack." Tiffany and Jeff will each be awarded $50. Both works will be featured on the front cover of MANA's Best Poems and Short Stories of 2013

MANA would like to thank all of the writers who submitted their works into the contest. 

The folioing are excerpts from the works of the winners:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Booksigning for MANA's Poetry Contest Winner: Jessyca Mathews

Lines were long and sales were brisk as family, friends, and co-workers stopped by Pages Bookstore in Flint, MI on March 23, 2013, for Jessyca Mathews' book signing. 

Jessyca is the winner of's Passion for Poetry Poet's Contest for Simply: A Collection of Poetry. 

Jessyca said that winning the poetry contest helped her realize her dream of becoming a published author.

The book signing was a successful and enjoyable event!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MANA's Latest Publication: "Superstorm Sandy: In the Eyes of the Children"

Dr. Kathleen M. Woods Ignatoski's father lost everything when Superstorm Sandy hit in October 2012. Naturally, her father was affected by the loss, but Dr. Ignatoski had no idea how much her daughter, Theresa, would be affected by the loss of her grandfather's home.

Theresa's 7th grade teacher suggested that Theresa write a descriptive essay. From there, Dr. Ignatoski got an idea of having children who were actually affected by the storm, write essays and have them published. Dr. Ignatoski contacted MANA to ask about its book fundraising program and the result was this book of children's essays. 

Dr. Ignatoski is still collecting essays so the book is not yet completed. However, because it is a fundraiser, sales for the book are encouraged before the work is finished. Profits from the sales of the book will go to St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Tuckerton, N.J. The church is still helping families displaced by the storm.

The book not only serves as a fundraiser, but also as a way to shine the light once again on storm victims who no longer are in the media spotlight but still need basic household items and clothing. 

To support the book fundraiser, order your copy of Superstorm Sandy: In the Eyes of the Children at 

To find out about "Create a Book"© Fundraiser, go to

Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Signing for Jessyca Mathews

If you are in the area, MANA invites you to attend Jessyca Mathews' book signing scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Pages Bookstore, 132 Second St., Flint, MI, 48502.

Jessyca is the winner of MANA's Passion for Poetry Poet's Contest for her work, Simply: A Collection of Poetry. This is Jessyca's first book signing so this promises to be a special event. 

MANA featured Jessyca and her work recently on the MANA Sunrise blog. Click on the link to read the post:

For questions about the book signing, contact Pages Bookstore at 810-767-7243. 

Can't attend the signing? Then purchase the book, Simply: A Collection of Poetry from MANA's web store at

To view a promotional video of the book, visit:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Simply" Debuts Today!

Introducing: Simply: A Collection of Poetry, a poetic work by Jessyca Mathews, 2013 MANA Passion for Poetry Winner:  

Simply: A Collection of Poetry covers all themes. This variety of poetry appeals to the "children in an adult," reflecting on special memories one will always hold dear. And there are poems that address the circumstances that adults experience.

Simply: A Collection of Poetry, was featured in a previous MANA Sunriser blog post where we mentioned how Mathews fulfilled her dream of becoming published.

Mathews's work runs the gamut of emotion, from sadness, exhibited in the piece, "Darkness," ("It's the feeling of isolation/ Where memories are stalled, when no one is there to help you/ It's worse when the darkness fall.") to sheer happiness as in "Superhero Fun Run"("I'm enjoying being a child again./ I want to think I can fly.").

Review: "I do not have to be an expert in literature to understand what this woman's poems are saying. The title is perfect; they are simply, clearly expressed beautiful works about different aspects of life."

Poem:   Simply

It's simply this,
You don't respect me.
We've gone in circles, playing childish games

Saturday, February 16, 2013

MANA's Poetry Winner Fulfills Her Dream of Being Published

Jessyca Mathews had one goal in mind since elementary school: To become a well-known author. 

Mathews, now a high school teacher, is on her way to fulfilling her goal now that she has won  MANA's Passion for Poetry Poet's Contest. For winning the contest, MANA will publish her book Simply: A Collection of Poetry, is scheduled for release at the end of the month. 
In addition to the poetry contest, MANA also sponsored The MANA Sunrise Writer's Contest. Authors Richard S. Rose and Carrie Mattern won first and second prize, respectively. 
In a question-and-answer interview with MANA, Mathews says she developed a love for poetry as a young girl, thanks to her mother. 
"She was the one who always had me to read when I was young," Mathews says. "She always gave me poetry books to read, especially African-American writers."
Mathews began writing poetry in high school. 
"There was a literary magazine, The Calliope, that was published for the students and staff," Mathews continues. "I decided to send in some of my work senior year, and ended up winning the writing award for the senior class. From that point on, I wrote poetry whenever the mood struck me."
When it comes to choosing her favorite poem, Mathews finds it "way too difficult"!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Find Out How To Teach Your Children Values By Reading, "Alphabet of Honor"

In a society that often promotes values that many parents find unacceptable, mothers and fathers may struggle to find ways of teaching their children ethics and morals at an early age. 

In these instances, parents may want to read the book, Alphabet of Honor: The Children's Picture Book of Values by Ann Warkentin, to get some ideas of how to instill a clear sense of right and wrong into their children. 

Teachers may also want to use the examples in the book to generate discussion in their classroom about honor and integrity. 

Warkentin uses the letters of the alphabet and photos to open the lines of communication that create teachable moments. For instance, the letter "A," is connected to "Accept Responsibility." The picture shows a young girl whose facial expression indicates that something has happened to the toy that she is holding. Based on the photo, Warkentin asks her readers to consider the following questions: 

  • What do you think happened to the toy?
  • Is this girl in the photo the owner of the toy?
  • How would you feel if the toy were yours?
  • How could you accept responsibility?
  • Has this every happened to you?
  • How would you handle this? What would you do?