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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 Visual.ly, 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!"

Monday, June 24, 2013

MANA MONDAY is here for Military Veterans and Current Military Members

If you are a military veteran or currently serving in the military, then today is your special day to save on publishing your book. 

Today, MANA MONDAY offers authors a chance to receive a 20% discount off the cost of any self-publishing plan.  MANA has plans to meet every budget. We are now offering a  print-on-demand package along with several other self-publishings plans. MANA has plans to meet every budget. The self-publishing plans include editing, proofreading, an author's web page, e-commerce services, digital marketing, printing, cover designs and color covers. You can review our plans on our Self-Publishing Page on MarketingNewAuthors.com's web site. Authors who choose not to have digital marketing can earn 100% royalty.

Once you decide which package is best for you, then go to our MANA MONDAY web page and submit a downpayment of $299 toward the cost of the plan you choose. Then, submit your manuscript as a Microsoft Word file or a pdf file to: iinfo@marketingnewauthors.com .
Now, you are on your way of becoming a published author.

Questions? Contact us at 734-975-0028 or email us at: info@marketingnewauthors.com.


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.







Sunday, June 16, 2013

Books That Feature Fathers

It's Father's Day and MANA has books featuring fathers. These are among MANA's best selling-books:


The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man 
by Russ Grimes

Randy Grames is the main character and the middle-aged man. He is a husband and father of two. He loves his family. He is not pretentious. He is a "golden-rule" man. He treats people as he wishes to be treated. He believes in fair play. One day he finds a very special box. He opens the box and his life to new adventures. He gains powers. He uses these powers in various adventures—some anticipated and others, most definitely, not. Read more...





Where is Adam? Understanding a Father's Role
by Jeff Wheeler

This work is about the impact of fatherhood and is the results of years of work with youngsters without the support of fathers. Also, it is a call to every person who truly cares about the condition of our children who do not have fathers. This book is for fathers involved, fathers who want to become involved, mothers—single and married and organizations that work with men who need counseling to “Man Up.” Read more...



MarketingNewAuthors.com has a variety of other books available. Visit our web site and order a book today! 


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Despicable Me 2 Princess Party Video

It's not always easy being a dad. But it's always worth it. Take time to be a dad today.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MANA MONDAY's Call to Veterans and Serving Military Members

MarketingNewAuthors (MANA) is seeking manuscripts from our military veterans or for those currently serving in the military for MANA MONDAY June 24.

Authors receive a 20% discount off the cost of any self-publishing plan on MANA MONDAY.  MANA has a new print-on-demand package along with several other self-publishings plans. MANA has plans to meet every budget. The self-publishing plans include editing, proofreading, an author's web page, e-commerce services, digital marketing, printing, cover designs and color covers. You can review our plans on our Self-Publishing Page on MarketingNewAuthors.com's web site. Authors who choose not to have digital marketing can earn 100% royalty.

Manuscripts can be of any genre or theme, as long as the author is a veteran or active member of the military. 

If you're interested in taking advantage of MANA MONDAY, all you have to do is submit your manuscript and a non-refundable fee of $299 on our MANA MONDAY web page. The $299 is a down payment toward the cost of the plan you choose. Remember, you will also received a 20% discount of the cost the plan that you choose. 

Questions? E-mail us atinfo@marketingnewauthors.com or call us at 734-975-0028.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Take Advantage of MANA's Special Offer for E-Book Conversion Services

Have you considered having your manuscript or a previously published book converted into an e-Book? Is it already a hard cover but sales have not been strong right now? If so, consider MANA's special June offer.

For as low as $50, authors can receive: 

• e-Book conversion

• a web page on MANA's web site

• e-commerce services

• 80% royalty for every sale made from the MANA web site

MANA"s special offer lasts until June 30. 

For more information, contact MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com


Monday, June 10, 2013

MANA's June 15 Writers' Workshop Featured on Flint TV station

TV station WJRT, (ABC12) in Flint, Michigan featured MANA"s Writer's Workshop on its Monday Morning "Mug Shots" today.  The TV station's "Mug Shot" segment airs each weekday morning and features a coffee mug or other item from a local organization.  The station uses the items to help businesses publicize their community events.

Watch the video here:
ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

MANA's Writers' Workshop Part 1 is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on June 15, 2013, at Pages Bookstore, 132 W. Second St. in downtown Flint.

Three of MANA's authors, Jeff Wheeler, Jessyca Mathews and Gregory Shafer will discuss how they gained ideas for their work, how they began and completed the writing process, and how they followed through and published their work.

Also, a MANA representative will discuss self-publishing, traditional publishing, and e-book publishing. College instructors seeking a traditional publisher for their works are encouraged to attend. A traditional textbook publishing company will be represented, too.

The cost is $10 or you can purchase one of the speakers’ books and attend the upcoming second workshop for free. For a group of five or more, MANA will set up a second workshop in the meeting locale of the group.  The book price is are:

Where is Adam? Understanding A Father’s Role $21.95
Simply: A Collection of Poetry                                $15.95
Process and Voice in the Writing Workshop   $34.95

If you live in the Flint area and are interested in getting published, come to the workshop on Saturday. 

For more information, email MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com or call 734-975-0028.


THE MANA SUNSET Newsletter is Available!

The June issue of MarketingNewAuthors.com's (MANA) newsletter features an upcoming book by Richard S. Rose, the 1st place winner of MANA's Sunrise Contest. Also highlighted is the work of Carrie Mattern, the 2nd place winner of the contest.  

To read the newsletter, click on the title: THE MANA SUNSET




Thursday, June 6, 2013

MANA Sponsors Writers' Workshop on June 15

If you know that it’s time to publish your manuscript, then attend the MANA's Writers’ Workshop—Part I if you live in the Flint, Michigan area. The workshop is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on June 15, 2013, at Pages Bookstore, 132 W. Second St. in downtown Flint.

Three Flint-area authors, represented by MANA, will discuss how they gained ideas for their work, how they began and completed the writing process, and how they followed through when publishing their work.

The panel of authors include: 

  • Jeff Wheeler, businessman, pastor, former Flint police officer, and author of Where is Adam? Understanding A Father’s Role.
  • Jessyca Mathews, high school teacher, athletic coach, and author of Simply: a Collection of Poetry.
  • Gregory Shafer, college professor and author of Process and Voice in the Writing Workshop, Linguistics For College Freshmen and Sophomores, and the upcoming Propaganda—American Style.

Also, a MANA representative will discuss self-publishing, traditional publishing, and e-book publishing. College instructors seeking a traditional publisher for their works are encouraged to attend. A traditional textbook publishing company will be represented, too.

The workshop fee is $10 or you can purchase one of the speakers’ books and attend the upcoming second workshop for free. And for those who attend in a group of five or more, MANA will set up a second workshop in the meeting locale of the group.  The book price is are:

Where is Adam? Understanding A Father’s Role $21.95
Simply: A Collection of Poetry                                $15.95
Process and Voice in the Writing Workshop   $34.95

For more information, email MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com or call 734-975-0028.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: "All About Jane" by Carrie Mattern

By MANA Staff

A sense of foreboding fills the entire Prologue in Carrie Mattern's book, All About Jane. The reader senses that something has already happened to a high school sophomore named, Jane Robins, and the author  confirms it at the end of the Prologue. After being sexually assaulted, being bullied by other students, and becoming the brunt of gossip, Jane hangs herself in her garage.

This book is a raw, but necessary exposure of the sad reality of teenage suicide. It is a book for parents, teachers and social workers, and all who are committed to reaching out to teens who find themselves in this particular situation. 

The focus of this work is not only bullying, which is subtle, but the real focus is on the causes of teenage suicide and on other teens who can unfortunately, be complicit. After a suicide, there are plenty of questions and guilt. 

There are some parts of the story that will make the reader uncomfortable, but it's necessary, especially for those who bury their heads in the sand thinking that if they do not acknowledge the stories that they hear, they will go away! It's only when they have to attend a funeral of a teenager do they start asking, "Why did this happen?"

Because of some of the graphic content, high schools could not use it as a text. Perhaps the teachers could use as a guide. However, some teens speak the language in the book and they know about – and may have even performed, the sext and drug acts. 

Carrie Mattern's book is a needed one. It is quite a work. If you really care about teenagers, then pause and read this book. 

To purchase All About Jane e-Book, http://www.marketingnewauthors.com/allaboutjane.html
The print version will be available on June 29. 

View the "All About Jane" Video

Excerpt From New e-Book: "All About Jane" by Carrie Mattern

Prologue

My jaw is clenched more often than not lately. Lately as in the last five years. But time, in my case, is irrelevant. There's no need for a watch, a calendar, or a phone to monitor my endless days. All there is, is time. Continuous, monotonous, suffocating time.

Often, which is a redundant transition in my case, I catch myself humming that sixties tune, "Time is on my side, yes it is," even though it never really has been. It wasn't with Jane either. It was never the neon Timex smile glowing to ease the darkness for either one of us.

I wonder if I should explain her story before mine, that way my tale appears entwined, and more reciprocal with the facts on that cold December afternoon. Perhaps, I should just state it as I recall, some years later. Regardless of the style or order, here are the facts, and as the intelligent reader knows, facts tend to be skewed given perspective, background, and bias.

Jane Robins was in my English Lit. class. She despised our handsome teacher, Mark Gurd, but loved Hamlet. "It's just so beautifully written," she had stated to the entire class when there was a substitute and they were all goofing off saying shit like, "Have you felt any girl up like Hammie has with O-feel-ya?"

Jane Robins was not my friend. I had failed English the year prior. A long story, but mom said just to blame it on my immune system, or lack thereof, and we did not have the money for summer school. So here I was, stuck with underclass idiots reading the exact same stuff we had the year before, the the exact same order, with the exact same drone, albeit handsome, Mr. Gurd.

Jane Robins left school at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, December 2nd. She told the office attendant she was sick. She told her one friend, Tera, good-bye. Looking back Tera would report that it was odd. She thought Jane was just skipping her afternoon classes. It was gray and cold, typical Michigan weather. Sans snow.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Print On Demand Promotional Offered for the Month of June

To help writers who want to become published but have limited budgets, MANA is offering a Print-On-Demand (P.O.D.) Promotional for the month of June. 

The promotional puts the writer in more control of the costs. As the writer, you can:

• Choose a P.O.D. plan for as low as $600

• Use your own printer or use MANA's online printing services

• Choose a Self-Publishing Plan with extensive services.

As an additional savings, if you sign up between now and June 10, you'll receive 10% off the cost of the plan that you choose. Yes, you can have your manuscript prepared for as low as $600.

Your needs will determine your cost to self-publish your book. Within one month or sooner, you can become a published author with the assistance of the professional team at MANA.

If you find any other company that places in writing, the same services at a lower price, MANA will match that company's cost and take 10% off. 

So, take advantage of the P.O.D. Promotional that ends June 30.

For more information, contact MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com.


NOTE: This offer excludes the MANA MONDAY discount.