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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

To Increase Your Chances for Publication, Submit Your Manuscript

By Joan Edwards

You finished writing your story or article. You revised it 3 times.

How many manuscripts did you send off for critique this year?

You say you’ve done that once a month. I’m proud that you did that. You sent it off for critique. You revised it 4 more times, making a total of 7 revisions. Now that your work is in quality condition, it’s time to market your work. Let's talk submissions.

How many quality manuscripts did you submit this year to a publisher, agent, or contest?

What? You tell me that you have three quality manuscripts at the marketing stage and you only submitted once this year. On the bright side, that’s better than not submitting at all. It probably was the best you could do. However, I want to inspire and motivate you to make at least 4 more submissions this year. That's one for each month: September, October, November, and December.

Do you want to increase your odds and have a better chance at publication? 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RDP Author Dr. Gregory Shafer Interviewed Today on "The Author's Show"

Robbie Dean Press Author Dr. Gregory Shafer is featured today on "The Author's Show" radio broadcast discussing his book, "Propaganda American Style: A Textbook For Critical Thinkers." 

Link to the interview here: http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow1.html.

Check out the book on MANA's website: http://marketingnewauthors.com/propaganda.html.

Read an excerpt from the first chapter of the book:

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, January 27, 2014

MANA's Latest Release: The Last Days of Paradise: The Untold Story of Adam and Eve – Book One

Have you ever wondered what it was like for Adam and Eve to live in the Garden of Eden? 

What were their lives like after they were expelled from their utopian home?

How did they respond to their punishment after their relationship with God – as it previously existed – was broken? 

These three questions and more author Darryl A. Turner explores in his new book, The Last Days of Paradise and Beyond: The Untold Story of Adam and Eve – Book One. The tome focuses on the life, the love and the loss experienced by the famous First Couple in The Bible

Mr. Turner uses the "tools of imagination and creative license" to give an account of what happened in the Garden of Eden before that fateful day when Adam and Eve took a bite from the forbidden fruit. In addition to the problems they create with their Creator God, the book also takes the reader into the couple's home and shows their interaction with their children, Cain and Abel, who have issues of their own. 

The author believes that Adam and Eve's life story – which has been told throughout the centuries – could "easily be considered more compelling than that of any other married couple that has ever lived." 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Another MANA MONDAY Call for Science Fiction and Fantasy Manuscripts

If you have a science fiction and fantasy manuscript that you would like to have published, then take advantage of MANA MONDAY's 20% off the cost of any Self-publishing page on MANA's website. 

Make a $299 downpayment toward the cost of the plan you choose. Then, send your manuscript to info@marketingnewauthors.com.

MANA has several self-publishing plans and can tailor a plan to meet your needs. The self-publishing plans include marketing services by MANA. 

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

Monday, January 20, 2014

MANA Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." 
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New MANA Book Release: God's Gift To Me, I Share With You–Book One

Author Doris A. Zarzycki's book, God's Gift To Me, I Share With You–Book One, contains more than 150 inspirational essays and poems about every facet of life. Doris Zarzycki takes her reader along a literary journey that she has traveled herself. 

The author weaves her life experience into her works, which include poems regarding love, laughter, happiness, sadness, birthdays, graduations and more. 

Doris Zarzycki dispenses advice in the chapter, "Keys to Locked Doors":


Do you have direction in your life? If you don't have an inclination of where you are going, your are bound to get lost. Set a destination of where you want to be. For example, think about where you would like to be a year from now. If you are not content with your situation at this time and are looking for a way to change yourself and your way of life at present, then take time to look in the mirror. 
Really look at yourself. Tell yourself you can do whatever you have to do to like this person in the mirror a lot more than you do right now. Maybe, you think you like yourself. Would someone who likes himself or herself be doing what you are doing to you? You know you are shortchanging your growth when you keep yourself locked up inside. Open the door to new experiences to bring out the best in you. It is there if you only give it a chance…  
You have the key to your destiny. The key to unlocking the doors that so far you have kept closed. There are challenges to meet. Gambles to win, by your own hard-earned efforts. These things are waiting for you to open up your life to new stability. that is something we all need in our lives to succeed. 

This book is a gift to everyone who chooses share in this inspirational travel. According to  Doris A. Zarzycki, "this is the completion of several years of meeting so many people along my journey of inspiration. 

To preview God's Gift To Me, I Share WIth You–Book One, go to http://marketingnewauthors.com/godsgift.html 



Monday, January 13, 2014

Advertise on the "MANA Minute" Podcast

Do you have a book, product or service that you would like to promote in 2014? Then advertise your product on the "MANA Minute." 
MANA will begin a new marketing service in March called the "MANA Minute." 
What MANA will do
• Create podcasts for new authors (whether or not your work was published by MANA) and owners of products (for example, jewelry, t-shirts, gift bags) and services (for example, salons).  
• Provide a link to your company’s or author’s web site. 
• Advertise your book, service or products in its various newsletters and on its homepage. 
What MANA needs
• A graphic, such as your company's logo or product or your book cover
• A written statement containing the information you want in the podcast ad
• (Optional) A CD containing the ad created by you, the author or the company
How must does it cost?
Each ad will run for a minimum of a month. The length can be a full minute or thirty seconds. The cost will be the following:
• 1 to 30 seconds: $30 for a month; $50 for two months; $70 for three months 
• 30 to 60 seconds: $60 for a month; $100 for two months; $150 for three months.
Most radio ads in major listening areas cost a minimum of $1500 for 10 spots (30 seconds) within a two-week time. 
This is a cost-effective way to advertise goods, services, and publications.
If you are interested in advertising or you know authors or people with a  service or product that they would want to advertise, let them know about the upcoming MANA Minute.
Questions? Contact MANA at 734-975-0028; or via email at info@marketingnewauthors.com.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Self-Publish Your Book With MANA

“Books help one become immortal. Once you get the printed word out there, unless every book is eradicated, your ideas live.” ~ Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott, founder, Robbie Dean Press and MarketingNewAuthors.com


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Scientists Predict Whether A Book Will Be A Bestseller

Computer scientists at Stony Brook University in New York said that they have developed an algorithm that can analyzed a book and predict with 84 percent accuracy whether the book will be successful. 

This groundbreaking work used a technique called "statistical stylometry, to to examine the use of words and grammar by using math. They tested their algorithm on classic books from Project Gutenberg, a digital archive of cultural works. 

According to the research, less successful books relied on verbs that describe actions and emotions, and used connectives (and, which, that) and prepositions. More successful books used "thinking verbs" (recognized and remembered) and relied on "topical words that could be almost cliché, such as "love."

The following are the categories and words used in Less Successful and More Successful books:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Getting into Your Characters' Skins

By Shirley Corder
Guest Blogger

How do we avoid creating cardboard characters, so that they become real people? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just "become them" for a short time?

According to some articles I've read, all animals shed their skin, some faster than others. We humans evidently shed 1.5 million skin cells an hour, giving us a new skin surface about once every 28 days. Snakes, tarantulas, stick insects and some lizards are in more of a hurry. They climb out the old skin and walk/slither away, leaving the skin intact.

Wouldn't that be such a great gift for us as writers? Yet we can learn to do this to a degree. We can step out of our own skin and into the skin of our character. We can then talk like them, think like them and feel their emotions. The secret is to really know our characters. 

Take a moment and think: How much effort do you put into your conversation with your spouse, your children, your next door neighbor? Do you give any thought to the words you choose? Do you stop to wonder when you should take a breath? Do you agonize over your correct choice of words and phrase? No, you just talk. Right?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A MANA MONDAY Call for Science Fiction and Fantasy Manuscripts

If you have a science fiction and fantasy manuscript that you would like to have published, then take advantage of MANA MONDAY. Each month MANA designates the last Monday as the day when a writer in a particular genre or them is called to submit a manuscript.

On Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, writers of science fiction and fantasy will receive a 20% discount off the cost of any plan on the Self-publishing page of MANA's website. 

Make a $299 downpayment toward the cost of the plan you choose. Then, send your manuscript to info@marketingnewauthors.com.

MANA has several self-publishing plans and can tailor a plan to meet your needs. The self-publishing plans include marketing services by MANA. 

So, if you've already channeled your inner J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit) and you've been wanting to have your work published, then take advantage of the MANA MONDAY sale on January 27, 2014. 

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


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Future is Here: Welcome to a Bookless Library

Bexar County, Texas has opened a new and definitely unique public library. What's so unique about it? The library has no printed books. 

Rather than selecting books from off the shelf, Biblio Tech library allows its patrons to select literature from iMacs and iPads and check out tablets containing the digital books of their choice. 

The Associated Press reported that the $2.3 million Biblio Tech is attracting customers not just from across the country, but from across the world. Mary Graham, vice president of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina, told the AP that libraries such as Biblio Tech "is the future."

According to the American Library Association, Biblio Tech is the first bookless library system in the country. 

Patrons seem to be enjoying the bookless library, and returning their tablets as they would a printed book. Head Librarian Ashley Elkholf was quoted as saying that patrons have been returning the tablets in the fourth months since the library has been open. 


What do you think about a bookless library? Would you prefer finding a book in the library on an iMac or on a shelf?  

Thursday, January 2, 2014

MANA Author Featured on "Authors Show" on Monday

MANA Author Jessyca Mathews is scheduled to be interviewed on the "The Authors Show," a professional book marketing audio and video program hosted by Danielle Hampson and Don McCauley.

"The Authors Show" allows authors to introduce themselves and their books to a new audience of readers. The show broadcast is continuously updated with new interviews of authors.

Jessyca Mathews is the winner of MANA's 2012 Passion for Poetry Poet's Contest for her work, Simply: A Collection of Poetry. This is Jessyca's first interview on "The Author's Show."
  MANA featured Jessyca on the MANA Sunriser blog. Click on the link   
  to read the post: http://manasunriser.blogspot.com/2013/02/mana- 
  poetry-winner-fulfills-her-dream.html.

  The "Authors Show" interview of fiction writers is on this website:  
  http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WNBAuthors Show.html