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Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's MANA MONDAY! Submit Your Manuscript Today!


Submit your manuscript today on MANA MONDAY, if you have a fiction or non-fiction manuscript on helping youngsters adjust to a new school year or helping "empty nesters" who are adjusting to being alone? 

Take advantage of this offer by submitting a non-refundable down payment of $299 toward the cost of any MANA self-publishing plan. You will receive 20% off the cost of any self-publishing plan chosen. 

MANA makes it affordable for you to self-publish your book. If you do not have money to pay for a plan immediately, then you can have up to four months to choose a plan and begin payments. Your $299 down payment will be subtracted from any plan you choose. You will also receive a 20% discount.

So, if you're ready to share your advice to empty nesters or to parents preparing their kids for a new school year, go to our website and submit your manuscript today!

If you have questions, contact us at info@marketingnewauthors.com.

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 MarketingNewAuthors.com's web site. To find out more about this book or to order a copy, go to http://marketingnewauthors.com/lemondrop-bk.html.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MANA MONDAY: Focus on Empty Nesters and Back to School Advice

Do you have a fiction or non-fiction manuscript on helping youngsters adjust to a new school year or helping "empty nesters" who are adjusting to being alone? Then submit your manuscript on MANA MONDAY, Aug. 26.

To take advantage of this offer, submit a non-refundable down payment of $299 toward the cost of any MANA self-publishing plan. Submit your manuscript on Aug. 26, and receive 20% off the cost of any self-publishing plan chosen. 

MANA makes it affordable for you to self-publish your book. If you do not have money to pay for a plan immediately, then you can have up to four months to choose a plan and begin payments. Your $299 down payment will be subtracted from any plan you choose. You will also receive a 20% discount.

So, if you're ready to share your advice to empty nesters or to parents preparing their kids for a new school year, then contact MANA on MANA MONDAY, Aug. 26!

Questions? Contact us at info@marketingnewauthors.com.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Receive a Free Kindle Fire as a Holiday Gift for Purchasing a Self-publishing Plan!

If you're looking for a special holiday gift for a special author, then MANA has an offer for you.

Choose any self-publishing plan with MANA's publishing services, and present to the author  the published book enclosed in a MANA book bag. If you cannot obtain the author's manuscript to send to us, you may purchase a gift card that will be enclosed in the book bag. The card will let the author know that you have purchased a MANA self-publishing plan for him or her. MANA will then work with the author to develop the book and have it ready within two months time. 

As a present to you, the gift giver, MANA will send you a FREE Kindle!

If you want the work published for the December holidays, contact MANA no later than September 15. If you want to have a bag with a card announcing your gift, contact us by December 15.

MANA's self-publishing plans start as low as $600.  To choose a plan, view the Self-Publishing Plan page on MANA's web site. 

Questions? Contact us at info@marketingnewauthors.com.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

MANA's Latest Release: The Dalai Lama of the West: A Spiritual Treasury – Twenty-One Lessons of Light


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:

Monday, August 5, 2013

In the digital age, books are still gold (via http://sarahsfav.es)
We live in a 140-character world of short, constant updates and even shorter attention spans. Just last week, influential venture capitalist Mary Meeker cited a stat that the average person checks their phone 150 times a day! But in the midst of all…

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Call for Entries to MANA's 2014 Passion for Poetry Poet Contest

MANA is accepting entries for the 2014 Passion for Poetry Poet Contest.

The winning poet will have his or her work published as a hard copy book complete with professionally designed front and back color covers.

The poet will also receive:

1. Recognition on MANA's web site.

2. One year of free digital marketing service.

3. Free e-commerce services.

4. Free shipping and handling and storage.

If the poet has a publisher who would want to be the designated publisher, MANA can accommodate the request. Upon the winning poet's request, MANA will link to his or her or any other designated party's web site for one year – 70% royalty for any sales made through MANA's web site will go to the author or the author's designated party.

Entry fee is $5 per submission. Submit your entry as a Microsoft Word file. Deadline for entries is 11:59 PST, Oct. 25, 2013.

To pay the entry fee, go to our Contest page on MANA's web site at http://marketingnewauthors.com/poetrycontest.html.

To submit your entry, email us at info@marketingnewauthors.com.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Introducing Author Richard S. Rose, First Place MANA Contest Winner

MarketingNewAuthors.com (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 MarketingNewAuthors.com's web site. To find out more about this book or to order a copy, go to  http://marketingnewauthors.com/lemondrop-bk.html.