Sunday, April 28, 2013

MANA Author Jessyca Mathews Featured at Flint Public Library's Book Expo May 4

Jessyca Mathews, MANA's 2102 Passion for Poetry Contest winner, is one of 38 indie authors and publishing representatives who will be featured at Flint Public Library's Book Expo on Saturday, May 4. 

Jessyca will attend the Adult Author Expo from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the reading room of the library, which is located in Flint, MI. Fifteen children's authors will be featured at the library's Children's Author Expo from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, May 11. Both events are free. 

Jessyca won MANA's first poetry contest for her work titled, Simply: A Collection of Poems.

For being the first-prize winner, MANA published Jessyca's book and will market it throughout the year at no cost to her.
If you live in the Flint, MI, area, stop by the Flint Public Library's Book Expo Saturday and say, "hello" to Jessyca!

Also, watch for the announcement of MANA's 2013 Passion for Poetry Contest. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Don't Forget MANA MONDAY, April 22!

If you're an author of inspirational, religious or spiritual poems, short stories or novels, then MANA MONDAY is for you.

MANA MONDAY features a 25% discount off any self-publishing plan. The self-publishing plans include editing, proofreading, an author's web page on MANA's web site, e-commerce services, digital marketing, printing, cover designs and color covers. If you do not want marketing, you can earn as much as 100% royalty. 

MANA can publish your work as a print book or an E-boo, whichever you choose. 

To take advantage of this MANA MONDAY discount, just input a non-refundable down payment of $299 on the Self-Publishing Plan web page of the web site. Then, send your manuscript in a Word file or PDF document on Monday to MANA will tailor your self-publishing plan to meet your needs.

For more information, contact MANA at or call 734-975-0028.

Revive Your Love of Poetry During National Poetry Month

By Kym Gordon Moore 

When was the last time you picked up a chapbook, anthology or a full collection of poetry and savored every morsel of each word? Who is your favorite poet? Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Oscar Wilde, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow or Pablo Neruda? Throughout the month of April, the revival of poetry appreciation is celebrated during National Poetry Month.

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established this month-long celebration to pay homage to poets,  past and present in order to strengthen the bridge for poets of the future. The academy also broadens local, state and national attention to the practice, art, heritage and increased visibility of poetry. The availability of finding any type of poetry your heart desires is not as difficult as one thinks. National Poetry Month also gives the reader and writer an opportunity to delve into the world of this genre and embrace the life of stanzas with boldness.

The elements of poetry brings about compositions and a language that many deem as eccentric. The rhythm, imagination and arrangement of words parlays the admiration, elevation, appreciation and prestige that poems deliver to literary channels of celebration. Poems are built on experiences, emotions and observations. It spans across diverse cultures, genders, creeds and dialects. Poetry can whisk you away to a different place and time through various meters, verses and stanzas.

Monday, April 15, 2013

A MANA MONDAY Call for Inspirational, Religious and Spiritual Writers

MANA MONDAY for the month of April features discounts for authors of inspirational, religious or spiritual works. 

Whether it's a collection of poems, a novel, or a short story, you may have just the inspiration that your readers need.

Next Monday, April 22, MANA will offer writers a 25% discount off any self-publishing plan.  MANA has plans for print books or e-books. The self-publishing plans include editing, proofreading, an author's web page on MANA's web site, e-commerce services, digital marketing, printing, cover designs and color covers. If you do not want marketing, you can earn as much as 100% royalty. 

To take advantage of this MANA MONDAY offer, submit a non-refundable down payment of $299 on the Self Publishing Plan web page of the MarketingNewAuthors web site. Then, send your manuscript to MANA will tailor your 'self-publishing plan to meet your needs, if necessary.

For more information, or questions, contact MANA at or call us at 734-975-0028.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

MANA Salutes National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, we invite you to browse MANA's fine collection of poetry books for sale on the web site.

MANA recently added a new book to its poetry section titled, Simply: A Collection of Poetry by Jessyca Mathews, the 2012 MANA Passion for Poetry Contest Winner.

MANA also announced this week, the selection of Tiffany Purnell as the Best Poet in MANAs 2013 Winter Writer's Contest. Tiffany was chosen for her poem, "Exotic Chocolate Flower."

If you're interested in supporting National Poetry Month or just want a good poetry book to read, then get started by visiting the Poetry Section of MANA's online bookstore. To check out, Simply: A Collection of Poetry, go to

April is National Poetry Month

The 2013 National Poetry Month poster
designed by Jessica Helfand
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration established by the American Academy of American Poets. The idea behind the celebration is to bring the public's awareness to the art of poetry.

Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month helps to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture.

According to the Academy, the goals of National Poetry Month are to:

• Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets

• Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry

• Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways

• Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum

• Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media

• Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books

• Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry

There are many ways to celebrate National Poetry Month and the Academy of American Poets has creased a list of 30 Ways to Celebrate. 

So start your celebration today by reading a poem!

For more information about National Poetry Month, visit The Academy of American Poets' web site at

MANA Sponsors "How To Become Published Workshops"

If you want to find out how to become published and you live in the Flint, MI area, then consider attending one of two workshops sponsored by MANA.

The workshops will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, June 15 at Pages Bookstore, 132 W. Second St. in Flint. 

A representative of MANA, who has been in the publishing industry for over 20 years and the author and editor of more than four books, will cover key information aspiring writers want to know in order to get their work published. 

While the workshops will focus on writers who want to self-publish, much of the information will apply to those who want a traditional publisher. The workshops will also cover the little discussed issue of “how to sell those books” after they are shipped to the home and packed in a storage area.

Cost: Early Registration (now until May 10): $50. After May 10: $75. Registration fee is non-refundable. 

Whatever you want to know about becoming published, these workshops will provide in the information. So, if you live in the area, contact MANA at or call us at 734-975-0028.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Writing Your First Poem

By James C Dudley

The best way to write your first poem is to just do it. There are no magic formulas, secret incantations, or special recipes to help you out. Writing your first poem is about putting pen to the paper and getting it done, the old-fashioned way, writing it down. It doesn't have to be written in stanzas the way poems were done in the distant past. It doesn't have to follow strict styles or rigid patterns of rhyme or rhythm, or in any particular order;it just has to be written.

For many years poems were written in very strict order. This order had to be carefully adhered to or it was not considered acceptable by the poetic powers that be. Today, however, poems can be a little more cavalier and do not have to be written in stuffy traditional styles.

Writing a poem in this day and age is more about images and ideas mixed in with feelings, thoughts, and experiences. You see something, you think about it, and you get ideas based on your own personal associations with that something. These connections bring certain words to mind and you write those words down. When filtered through your imagination, these words will be expressed in a new and different way. Different from anyone else.

These words become your poem.

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

The Latest MANA SUNSET Newsletter is Available

Stay up to date with with the latest issue of the MANA SUNSET newsletter. 

Read the April 2013 issue by clicking on the title: MANA SUNSET.

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