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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 http://marketingnewauthors.biz/alphabet-of-honor/

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It's Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September,  the week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers to all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. 

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. 

The books featured during Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of libraries, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. 

The following are the Top Ten Challenged Books in 2012: 

1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pikey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

2.The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group 

4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

8. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz. Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence 

9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

10. Beloved, Toni Morrison. Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence


Article Source: American Library Association, Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Call For Grandparent Authors

MANA is looking for Grandparent Authors to share their talent. Do you have poetry, short stories, romance novels or a children's book?

If so, consider publishing your manuscript with MANA. We have self-publishing plans that will fit your budget. We can tailor any plan to meet your needs. We also have Print-On-Demand so if you only want 25 books and not 250, we can accommodate you with this request. 

MANA has published authors who are grandparents. So, why not join them? We encourage you to share your work with the company that has an international reach, and a personal touch that you can trust.

Contact us at 973-975-0028 or email us at: info@marketingnewauthors.com 

Monday, September 23, 2013

It's MANA MONDAY For Writers Who Are Educators


If you are a writer who works as an educator, the MANA MONDAY is dedicated to you. 
The MANA MONDAY for September focuses on educators, from Kindergarten to college and universities, who have written fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose. 

Today, MANA offers a 20% discount off the cost of any self-publishing plan on our web site. To take advantage of this offer, go to the MANA MONDAY page on our website and make the $299 down payment. Then e-mail your manuscript to info@marketingnewauthors.com. The non-refundable down payment goes toward the cost of the plan you choose. So, you receive a significant savings.

MANA has several self-publishing plans available, including our Print-On-Demand package. Our plans fits all budgets and include editing, proofreading, an author's web page, e-commerce services, digital marketing, printing, cover designs and color covers. Review all of the plans on our Self-Publishing Page. Authors who choose not to have digital marketing can earn 100% royalty.

So, if you are an educator and have a manuscript that you've always wanted published, then contact MANA to self-publish your manuscript. Visit our MANA MONDAY web page to submit your down payment.

Questions? Contact MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com or call us at 734-975-0028.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A MANA MONDAY Call for Educators

Are you an educator who wants to be published? Whether it's a romance novel, an academic textbook, a children's book, or a DIY, submit your manuscript on MANA MONDAY.  

This month's MANA MONDAY special is dedicated to educators, from Kindergarten to college and university levels. The manuscript can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose. 

On MANA MONDAYMANA offers a 20% discount off the cost of any self-publishing plan on our web site. To take advantage of this offer, go to the MANA MONDAY page on our website and make the $299 down payment. Then e-mail your manuscript to info@marketingnewauthors.com. The non-refundable down payment goes toward the cost of the plan you choose. So, you receive a significant savings. So, you receive a significant savings.

MANA has several self-publishing plans available, including our Print-On-Demand package. Our plans fits all budgets and include editing, proofreading, an author's web page, e-commerce services, digital marketing, printing, cover designs and color covers. Review all of the plans on our Self-Publishing Page. Authors who choose not to have digital marketing can earn 100% royalty.

So, if you are an educator and have a manuscript that you've always wanted published, then contact MANA to self-publish your manuscript. Visit our MANA MONDAY web page to submit your down payment.

Questions? Contact MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com or call us at 734-975-0028.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The National Book Festival Starts Today

More than 100 authors are scheduled to speak at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The annual event in our nation's capital begins today and runs to Sunday. The event, located between 9th and 14th streets of the National mall, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and from Noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 

The festival will feature authors, poets, and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers will be able to meet and greet the authors and poets, purchase books and have them signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities.

Last year, more than 200,000 people attended the two day event. In keeping with the festival's theme, "Books That Shaped the World," you can go to the LOC's official website and take a survey to nominate books that you believe meet that description. The ballots will be counted at the LOC's Pavilion. 

If you are interested in taking the survey, go to www.loc.ogv/blookfest. To find out which authors are attending, go to http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/author

Source of article: Library of Congress




Source for article: Library of Congress 

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: http://manasunriser.blogspot.com/2013/03/welcome-to-mana-short-story.html

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: 
http://manasunriser.blogspot.com/2013/09/listen-to-manas-latest-podcast-on-book.html




Submit Your Entries To MANA's Poetry Contest

It's time to submit your entries to MANA's 2014 Passion for Poetry Poet Contest.

You may submit as many poems as you would like. 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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Give a Special Holiday Gift: Publish the Manuscript of Your Special Author!



Looking for a special holiday gift for a special author? The consider giving a self-publishing plan from MANA.

You can purchase any of MANA's self-publishing plan and the book to the author. If you cannot obtain the author's manuscript to send to us, you may purchase a gift card that will be enclosed in a MANA 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. If you want to have a bag with a card announcing your gift, contact us by December 15.

Because you purchased the gift, MANA will send you a FREE Kindle!

MANA's self-publishing plans start as low as $600, and we also have Print-On-Demand services. To choose a plan, view the Self-Publishing Plan page on MANA's web site. 

Questions? Contact us at info@marketingnewauthors.com.

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.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Grandparents, Have you Always Wanted to Become an Author?


If you are a grandparent and have always wanted to become an author, then contact MANA today and make your dream come true.

MANA's self-publishing plans will fit any author's budget. We can tailor any plan to meet your needs. We also have Print-On-Demand so if you only want 25 books and not 250, we can accommodate you with this request. 

MANA has authors who are grandparents. Take, for instance, Winifred Parker, author of 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories for Children. Winifred 's grandson, Vince, repeatedly asked her to tell him a scary story. As a result of her storytelling, she wrote a manuscript which MANA published. 
Etta Wilson Lawrence, published A Collage of Family History: Sharing the Memories, shares 82 years of living history with her readers. What was it like during the Depression? What was it like during World War II? How did women cope? Etta Wilson Lawrence's book answers these questions and more. 


If you have a manuscript, consider publishing with MANA. We have self-publishing plans that will fit your budget. We can tailor any plan to meet your needs. We also have Print-On-Demand so if you only want 25 books and not 250, we can accommodate you with this request. 

MANA has published authors who are grandparents. So, why not join them? We encourage you to share your work with the company that has an international reach, and a personal touch that you can trust.


It's never too late to become an author. Publishing your manuscript will be a significant accomplishment. Don't put it off any longer. Contact us today at info@marketingnewauthors.com or at 734-975-0028.






Saturday, September 7, 2013

Books For Baby Boomer Grandparents Who Care About Helping Their Grandchildren

You may have heard the proverb: "It takes a village to raise a child."

Just as your lives as 50, 60, 70-year-old grandparents are very different than those the same age 50 years ago, so are the lives of your grandchildren. They face cyber bullying, alcohol, drugs and sex continuously bombarding them through the media, and the despair leading to the contemplation and, unfortunately, the carrying out of suicides. In order to give your grandchildren realistic support, to be the grandparents whom your grandchildren can come to and really talk to, you have to know what they will experience or are coping with every day.

You want to be aware of the pitfalls and be able to listen and talk with them. To do this, you must educate yourself to the realities now so your grandchildren can survive now and in the future!

MANA has books for you, baby boomer grandparents, if you want to be significant in the raising of your grandchildren in this very challenging 21st Century.

Check out these offerings from MANA:

Friday, September 6, 2013

New 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.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Call For Faculty Authors!

Do you have a textbook manuscript that you want published within the next year? Robbie Dean Press (RDP) is very interested. RDP is a traditional textbook publishing company and the  parent company of MarketingNewAuthors.com

RDP is open for submissions for quality textbook manuscripts by faculty in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to any royalty received, RDP donates a percentage of sales for books purchased to the faculty member's institution. 

Few college text publishers, small or large, do this. That is just one of the ways that RDP lives up to its trademark motto – "Determined To Make A Difference."

MANA Wishes You A Happy Labor Day!