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 http://marketingnewauthors.biz/products-page/children-books/2-pleasantly-scary-stories-for-children/

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.