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Monday, December 28, 2015

Writing Can Help The Healing Process

One of the most difficult things to go through in life is an extended illness. However, it's been said that writing about sickness can actually help in the healing process. 

An article in the American Psychological Association entitled, "Writing to Heal," says new research indicates writing may offer physical benefits to people who have terminal or life-threatening diseases.  In addition, writing about emotions and stress can boost immune functioning in people with illnesses such as AIDS/HIV, arthritis, and asthma.

Why is that? For one, while you are documenting your journey through sickness or writing about how you overcame your illness, you are releasing your stress and emotions over the issue. While you may receive a personal benefit from it, you may be helping others who are going through the same traumatic events. 

This is the approach Robbie Dean Press Author Suzan Bryan Hoppe took in writing her book, One Split Second. Things were going well for Suzan, a retired insurance agent, until that fateful day when her son, Danny, was involved in a serious accident that left him with a closed-head injury. She described how she and her husband, Doug, experienced the stages  that families go through to help their child heal. 

If that wasn't enough, Doug underwent a back surgery and open heart surgery. After this episode, Suzan had a brain aneurysm which she said was brought on by stress. Once again, in "one split second," her life was changed. 

You may find it difficult to write about your illness, particularly when you are recalling certain  heartaches, pain, and emotions you experienced. However, keep in mind that your transparency may encourage others to face their challenges with confidence or make new discoveries about their situation. 

In 2009, writer Jeanne Marie Laskas' wrote an article for GQ magazine on a forensic neuropathologist who was the first to discover a football-related brain injury in professional football players. Dr. Bennet Omalu found that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was the same type of brain trauma experienced by boxers, who were called "punch drunk." 

After making this discovery, Dr. Omalu took on the National Football League about the brain disease. Former players were grateful to know that they could finally put a name to an unknown illness that was wrecking havoc on their lives. A movie based on the GQ article about Dr. Omalu's discovery was recently released. Concussion, starring Will Smith as Dr. Omalu, is furthering the discussion about brain injuries and football players. 

Writing about your journey through sickness or taking up someone else's cause may not result in a big-screen movie, but it may help in changing lives.  A note about One Split Second, author Suzan Hoppe has died after her story was published, but her book on weathering the storms of illness lives on, and your work can live on as well!

Click HERE to find out more about the book One Split Second.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

MANA's Latest Release: "The Medici Heirs" by Rita J.Scott

Many who study the Italian Renaissance know of Guiliano de Medici. However, do they know about the tales involving his heirs, especially Juliana? If not, they will after reading a new e-Book titled, The Medici Heirs by Rita J. Scott.

The interwoven tale spun in The Medici Heirs intrigues and captivates the imagination of those who relish this golden age of the arts and the mysterious legacy of the family of the Medici. In The Medici Heirs, readers meet the members of the Medici Family as well as Dr. Juliana Smith, a Medici heir, who lives in London but does not yet know her royal legacy. 
Juliana is plagued by what she calls a fiend, “in human shape.” Juliana finds the fiend an annoyance, yet this creature has been in her world for many years and it can take on other shapes. The fiend and Juliana are a major part of this narrative as the work interweaves the 16th century and 20th century.
Juliana accepts a job to translate the legal documents written in Latin into English and develop a summary of the work. She learns more about the Medici family through these documents. 
Juliana is very close to her grandmother, Dr. Catherine Schmidt, a retired pediatrician, who is living in Three Chesnuts, a private retirement, historical residence. Greed rears its ugly head when Juliana’s mother,  unsuccessfully attempts to have her mother, Dr. Schmidt declared mentally incompetent in order to take control of her money. 
Juliana also learns a secret about her mother. However, because of Juliana's dealings with the fiend and her "red dreams," her mother places her in a psychiatric facility. It is this part of the story that reveals the true strength of this protagonist. The author brilliantly shows, not tells, the struggles Juliana has with the invisible creatures: 
I was being pursued by faceless red creatures, led by my mother. "Don't run away. There is no need to be scared," they screamed. "We are acting in your best interests. It's not good for you to stay with old sick people. We are taking you home. Trust us! You'll be safe in our care."
The fiend was floating over them shouting at me, "I told you not to go to Firenze. Stick to your own business. It doesn't matter what you find; you'll never be ale to prove anything. Remember: You are in England, and privacy is sacred. Even the Holy Inquisition won't help you."

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Need Another Way To Promote Your Book? Why Not Try Word of Mouth?

If you're an author, what better time of the year than the holiday season to promote your book. Why? Because this is one of the busiest times – if not the busiest time – of the year. 

You've been promoting your book on your blog and social media pages all year, now try another type of marketing – Word of Mouth (WOM). Yes, WOM is just as legitimate a form of marketing than other methods.  Generally, WOM works when you tell someone something who tells someone else about something who tells someone else. It works the same way with advertising. Think about it, you are more likely to buy something after hearing a review about an item from someone you trust. 

The same is true with your book. Many authors are shy and would rather do anything else other than to personally promote their books. What authors don't realize is that if you tell your family members, friends and co-workers about your book, they will subsequently tell others. Those who know you well will buy your book, just to support you. Those who don't know you, but know others who know you, are more than likely to buy your book if their friends ask them to support you. 

WOM drives 13% of consumer sales, according to a landmark Consumer Word of Mouth study conducted by the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), the official trade association dedicated to WOM and social media marketing. The study found that WOM is responsible for $6 trillion of annual consumer spending. Additionally, WOM amplifies the effect of paid media by 15%, the study said. Apparently, there is power in WOM.

Don't be afraid to let people know that you're an author. Chances are  many of your friends, co-workers and acquaintances do not know that you are a published author. When you meet new people and they ask you to tell them something about yourself, remember to include the word, "author," when describing yourself. 

So, when you go to holiday bazaars, teas, craft shows, winter festivals, parties, or other events, don't forget to take your book along with you. You'll never know who will want to buy one!



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MANA's Happy Holidays Sale Continues!

Did you miss MarketingNewAuthor's (MANA) Black Friday Weekend Sale? Well, MANA is continuing its holiday sales specials. Save 25% on all purchases from now until December 31!

Visit MANA's website and view all of the publications and services we have to offer. Take your time and browse. We have a lot to offer, including:  


Self-publishing and marketing plans that are tailored to fit your budget
E-Book specials 
Business consulting for Woman-Owned Businesses
10 Most Recent & Popular Publications 

There's no shipping and handling! If you purchase books, a rebate check for the percentage discount will be enclosed with the purchase. 

Happy Holidays From MANA!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Q&A With Marcel Gomes Balla, Author of "The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context"

Author Marcel Gomes Balla has written an extraordinary book on the history, culture and people of Cabo Verde, a country consisting of 10 islands in the central Atlantic Ocean located off the coast of West Africa.  The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context  provides information that has long been ignored by traditional historians. In a Q&A with MANA, Mr. Balla gives us background information on his book. 

Q. How long did it take for you to do research on the subject of Cabo Verde?
A. 3 years.

Q. What prompted you to write this book?
A. decided to write this book because as a Cape Verdean American, I found it impossible to learn about this history in school, therefore it was virtually impossible to find my true identity as a human being. I received a Euro-centric education and had no idea about the contributions of Cape Verdeans or others to the development of American society. This problem has plagued Cape Verdeans throughout history and has caused a lot of insecurity because Cape Verdeans are unable to properly identify themselves. A major problem was the fact that Cape Verdeans evolved as a new ethnic and culture group that did not exist before 1460 and now there is a strong need to properly identify ourselves so that we can maintain our historical uniqueness and bring dignity to our worldwide community.

Q. Why is Cabo Verde also called Cape Verde?
A. Cabo Verde was discovered in 1460 by Portugal and thus, it has a Portuguese name given by the Portuguese.  Cape Verde is the English translation; however, the government of Cabo Verde has recently requested all nations to respect the name as being Cabo Verde because the English spelling has created a lot of confusion. On 24 October 2013, it was announced at the United Nations that the official name should no longer be translated into other languages. Instead of "Cape Verde," the designation "Republic of Cabo Verde" is to be used (or simply Cabo Verde).*  In a diplomatic note sent on November 27, 2013, the Embassy of Cape Verde requested that the United States Government change the name of the country from "Cape Verde" to "Cabo Verde." The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved the change on December 9, 2013. *Ref: http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/cv/

Q. Is this your first book?
A. No. I have completed about a dozen books about Cabo Verde and they will be promoted once a good marketing plan is ready.

Q. Are you working on another book? If so, what is it about?
A. Yes. It is a book about Columbus that I believe is the most detailed book ever written about him in Portugal and Cabo Verde before he departs Portugal for Spain with his discovery project. Based on my analysis of historical documents and events, I am convinced that Cape Verdeans could have sailed on the discovery voyage of 1492 and strongly believe that at least one Cape Verdean made that voyage. The book is about 400 pages and will have many documents and references to explain the history of Columbus in Cabo Verde and Africa that should be essential to anyone who truly wants to learn the truth about Columbus before he discovered the New World.  I believe that this phase of history is the most important as regards to the Discovery Age, but it is has been extremely difficult to research this history. I have had to travel to several countries and consult with several key historians in order to develop my conclusions.

Q. What do you want readers to learn after reading your book, The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context?
A. I want people to fully understand the role that Cabo Verde played in the discovery and subsequent development of America and the Western Hemisphere, especially the contributions that made a major impact on the emergence of the United States as the most powerful nation on earth. It is essential to understand that the Americas were developed by a multi-ethnic society that developed a new culture and civilization that is linked directly to Cabo Verde. This story must be told if we expect to bring dignity and respect to millions of Americans who have become marginalized due to lack of information about their past contributions to American society. One of the key issues is the direct connection between Hispanics and Afro-Americans that definitely represents the missing pages of history for both groups. However, this story also represents the missing pages of history for the Portuguese, the Italians and virtually all Americans including Native Americans and anyone who arrived after 1492 in the Americas.



For more information about The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context, click HERE.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Author Makes Learning Homonyms and Homophones Fun In New Book, "Keira & Me"

Many students find it hard to remember the difference between homophones and homonyms. To help with this difficulty, Flint-based educator and entrepreneur, Marsay Wells-Strozier has released a fun and educational book entitled, Keira & Me: Homonyms and Homophones.

For K-6 students and adult learners in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, the Language Arts Mechanics in this book are designed to help them understand how homonyms and homophones are used in our daily language and how to use them in a written sentence.  

The book involves the adventures of Keira, a nine-year-old girl, who travels around the world singing with the Sally Court Club Band whose members are animals that are endangered species. Keira and the band are managed by her Aunt Marsay, a private primary school teacher. Keira and her band learn how to spell and use homophones and homonyms, which can be confusing to students, as shown in a conversation between Keira and her Aunt Marsay:

Keira: "Home-on-thems and Home-on-the-phone?"

Aunt Marsay: "No, Keira, homonyms and homophones."


Keira: "Boy, do they sound funny! What are they?"


Aunt Marsay: "A homonym is a single word that has different meanings, but the word sounds the same each time you use it. Homophones are words that sound alike, but they are spelled differently and have different meanings."


Keira: "That sounds confusing!"


Aunt Marsay: "No, Keira, homonyms and homophones can both be a lot of fun when you understand them."


The book also introduces Geography, endangered species animals, Spanish, and a team approach to learning. In large scale print and vivid color, even adult learners will find humor in Keira and her friends as they give numerous examples to teach homonyms and homophones. 

To preview the book, visit the MarketingNewAuthors.com website by clicking HERE .


Saturday, November 14, 2015

MANA Author Places Cabo Verde Islands In The Global Spotlight

In most history textbooks, particularly those used in schools in the United States, little is written – if anything at all – about the Cabo Verde Islands. 

The Cape Verdeans who hailed from this democratic country have made significant contributions to world history, yet the feats of Cape Verdeans, who are of European and African heritage, have seldom been told. Author Marcel Gomes Balla is rectifying this oversight in his new book, The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context.  

Mr. Balla is a Cape Verdean who has spent much of his adult life researching and spreading the word about the people of Cabo Verde. The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context provides information that has long been ignored by traditional historians. The author said he wrote the book especially for people who want to learn more about the important role of Cabo Verde in world history but have no idea where to find it. 

To start, Cabo Verde is a group of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean located off the coast of West Africa. The archipelago (group of islands), discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, was heavily involved in the Atlantic slave trade. The country gained independence from Portugal on July 5, 1975.

In his book, Mr. Balla reveals many facts about the Cape Verdeans and their impact on North America, including:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We're Going To The NCTE!

MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) plans to attend the National Council of Teachers of English Convention from November 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

MANA is the marketing company and distributor for various publications, including those of its parent company, Robbie Dean Press LLC (RDP), a traditional publishing company. RDP focuses on college texts and/or manuscripts with unique subject matter.  

Dr. Gregory R. Shafer, an author of three RDP textbooks, will receive a 2015 NCTE Honorable Mention for the Edward M. Hopkins Award. 

MANA exhibits books for educators from K-college—V is for Vegetables (for children) to adult works like Propaganda—American Style: A Textbook for Critical Thinkers.

Some of the books that will be exhibited at Booth 205 include: 

All About Jane by Carrie Mattern—this narrative is set in a midwestern city which dramatically chronicles the pain, pathos, and results of bullying. Discussion questions are at the end of the book that should get pre-teens and teens talking and really thinking of the consequences of this act and how they may be change agents. For ages 12+.

A Soldier’s Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life by Captain Adrian D. Massey—this poetry collec- tion by this soldier of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars covers more than issues of the war; they il- lustrate this soldier’s reflections before, during, and after his tours of duty. For ages 16+.

Bare Essentials: A Handbook for Beginner Writers, 15th ed. by Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, Ph.D.—this extremely comprehensive handbook, covering the very basics of parts of speech to the more so- phisticated instructions of writing research papers, is the result of years of continuous input by Dr. Fairy’s college English students. For ages 14+.

Becoming Me Again: A Workbook for Sexually-Abused Kids and Teens by Sharon Ridella-Mehlos,Ph.D.—this workbook provides practical healing exercises and points for discussion that can aid in the healing of the abused and aid teachers and parents who work and live with these young people. For ages 10+.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In Honor Of Our Nation's Veterans


"The Bugle Calls" by Captain Adrian D. Massey

(For CPT Terrance Wright,  1LT Jeremy Wolfe, and our Fallen Comrades













Having been a witness at the windows of your soul, 
where we shared goals, dreams and life stories, 
I listened to you speaking of wanting to marry and have children. 
I watched your silent faith speak volumes. 
Having been even prepared for war, 
no one is prepared to lose a friend and comrade like this. 
Although your journey shortened, 
a Solider's soul never dies.
A flag is folded for you, 
and the bugle's tone vibrates
similar to your spirit in the air; 
it never ceases, always plays.
You are remembered and respected
as I pray for you, having been a witness
at the windows of your soul.
Tears run sharply down my face and theirs, 
my hand goes sharply up,
fingers to the corner of my right brow.
Young paratrooper, you are remembered.




From the book, A Soldier's Poetic Response, A Slice of His Life... by Captain Adrian D. Massey

Click HERE for more information about the book. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Q&A With Russ Grimes, Author of "The Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero"

Editor's Note: Click HERE To listen to an interview with Russ Grimes on "The Author Inside You Podcast" 


Move over Superman and Captain America, The Middle-Aged Man Superhero is back! 

MANA Author Russ Grimes'  has released his second book, Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero, which is a continuation of his first book, The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man, published in 2012. 

His first book tells the story of Randy Grames, a 41-year-old electrical design engineer who has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 17 years. The couple have two children, 10-year-old Alexandria, and 7-year-old Bradley. Although he loves his family, Randy desperately wants more excitement in his life. One Friday, after a long week of work, Randy comes home depressed, due in part, to his mundane life. With prompting from his wife, Randy went outside to plant a flower garden. While digging in the soil, Randy unearths a silver box with ancient-look designs and language. He opens the box and saw a silver coin, which he later would discover contained magic from Grigard the Wise.  Through this magic, he gains his super powers. From there, he goes on adventures saving others. 

In a Q&A with MANA, Russ Grimes explains what's in store for readers in his second book, Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero

Q. What type of adventures does Randy Grames, embark upon in this book? 
A. Multiple secret agent-style action adventures.

Q. Why the subtitle: Unsung Hero? What does it mean? 
A. The main character, Randy, goes on adventures to protect the country and his friends and wants nothing in return, no fame or recognition for the great things he does, just the satisfaction that he helped other people.

Q. Why do the other characters in the book need to believe in this hero? 
A. Randy would do anything for his family and friends. He always tries to take the high road and do the right thing. He doesn’t use his powers in a bad way, whatsoever, so everyone that works with him always knows they can count on him and trust him.

Q. How did you originally come up with the character, Randy Grames? 
A. As funny as it sounds it started as a dream I had one night and I started thinking about it more and worked it into a book.

Q. How much of Randy Grames is a part of Russ Grimes? 
A. Randy is an alter ego of me. He is what I wish I could become and not just having his special powers but to be a totally honest and trustworthy person.

Q. What are you working on now? Another book in the series or a manuscript with new characters? 
A. I am currently mulling around the scope for the third book of the trilogy, but basically a continuation of Book 2 with a few new twists.

Q. Who are your writing influences (writers, books, teachers, family, friends)? 
A. I enjoy reading and watching all types of action adventure books and movies. I enjoy watching the vast quantity of superhero movies and TV shows that are currently out now. My favorite author to read is R.A. Salvatore and his character series featuring Drizzt Do'Urden, the dark elf.

Q. What do you want readers to get out of your new book after they read it? 
A. I want readers to be able to take a break from reality and enjoy a good fantasy. I want them to be able to use their imagination to picture Randy in his adventures.

For more on Continuing Adventures of a Middle Aged Man: Unsung Hero, click HERE to go to MarketingNewAuthors.com.  Click HERE to find out more about The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

MANA Wants To Hear From You!

MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA), periodically, conducts an assessment of the services we provide to our customers. While we have ideas on what services to offer, we would like to hear from you about your writing, publishing or marketing needs. 

To help us, we would like for you to answer the questions below by either posting your answers in the comment box below or send us an email at info@marketingnewauthors.com.

We will include your answers in a future post. 

Please answer the following questions: 

1. How can MANA best serve you, (for ex., provide self-publishing book services, marketing your book, etc)? 

2. What product would you most like to buy from MANA (for ex., book, self-publishing plan, writing/life coach consulting)?

3. What other services would you like to see MANA offer?

4. Additional comments?




Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dark, Creepy or Horrifying: Writing Scary Stories For Children

When you hear the words, "scary" and "horror," it's not uncommon to think of vampires, witches, and zombies. 

In writing horror stories for children, R.L. Stine, the author of the Goosebumps series of children's books, used animals, a dummy, lawn gnomes, monsters and other spooky characters to horrify kids. 

Author Neil Gaiman created, Coraline, a dark fantasy for children about the main character who finds a locked door in the living room on an old house in which she and her parents just moved. Coraline is warned by mice not to go through the door. The mice were being trained by Mr. Bobo, "the crazy old man upstairs," who says he's training a mouse circus. Of course, Coraline goes through the door, thus beginning a dark adventure that has parts that can even "creep-out" some adults. 

While these stories are popular (both Goosebumps and Coraline have been turned into movies), as a writer, you have several alternatives. You can choose to write dark and scary children's stories, or "pleasantly" scary stories, like MANA author Winifred Parker.  

Ms. Parker, author of 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children, enjoyed telling her grandchildren scary stories as much as they enjoyed listening to them. Her grandson, Vince's request to tell him stories was the catalyst for Ms. Parker to write a book. To their delight, Ms. Parker made Vince and his sister Julia, characters in her book. 

The book, 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children targets children 6 to 11 years old, are whimsical and involve mysteries.  The first story involves 8-year-old Julia O'Brien and her 14-year-old brother, VInce, who, with their friends, embark on an adventure on solving a the mystery of missing dogs in their neighborhood.

In the second scary story, the O'Brien family takes a summer vacation to the Black Hills of South Dakota. While there, Julia and Vince investigate mysterious happenings at a cave.   

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 need help in writing your children's scary-horror stories, here are 5 resources that will get you started: 

1. How to Write Horror for Children by Sarah Todd

2. Playground For Fear: Horror Fiction For Children by Robert Hood

3. How to Write Your Own Scary Story – Read Write Think

4. How to Write Middle Grade Horror – 7 Tips by Chuck Sambuchino

5. How to Write a Really Creepy Ghost Story – Waterstones

Click HERE to review 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children





Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Meet Heather Sisto, Author of "V is for Vegetable," On October 26

Heather Sisto, author of V is for Vegetable, will be among 50 authors who will sign books, greet guests and sell their books at Leon & Lulu's award-winning, Fifth Annual Book & Authors event on October 26, 2015.

For those of you who live in Michigan, the free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Leon & Lulu, 96 W. 14 Mile Road in Clawson, MI. The annual festivity celebrates the written word and those who put pen to paper. 

"Books & Authors is one our favorite events that gives Michigan authors a chance to meet their fans," says Mary Liz Curtin, co-owner of Leon & Lulu. "This year we're working with the wonderful folks at the Oakland Literacy Council, who provide the basic literacy and English language instruction necessary for adults in our community to find employment."

Books & Authors is a juried book fair featuring local talent. Guests can enjoy snacks, refreshments and fun during this event, which benefits the Oakland Literacy Council. 

In her book, V is for Vegetable ($14.95, Robbie Dean Press LLC) photographer and storyteller Heather Sisto's book takes her young readers down the vegetable aisle. This work is for children learning their ABCs. In addition to the short verses about each letter, there are vibrant photographs that will capture and maintain the interest of children ages 2 to 7. This delightfully narrated work will be one both children and adults will enjoy reading.

Michigan authors, there's till time to become part of the vent. Please apply at www.leonandlulu.com/books_entry. For more information about Leon & Lulu, please visit www.leonandlulu.com. Find Leon & Lulu on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leonandlulu.

To preview V is for Vegetable, click HERE to visit the book's webpage on MarketingNewAuthors.com. 



Saturday, October 3, 2015

Take Advantage of MANA's One Day Only Sweetest Day Sale!

Sweetest Day has become a special day when family, friends and couple show how much they care for one another. According to Wikipedia, the first Sweetest Day was proclaimed on October 8, 1921. 

The story goes that 12 candy makers in Cleveland distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy on "The Sweetest Day in the Year" to the poor, orphans, the elderly and newsboys. As time went on, flowers were added to the gifts that were exchanged on that day. 

The tradition has continued to the present time, but the observance of Sweetest Day has changed to the third Saturday in the month of October. 


In recognition of Sweetest Day on October 17, MANA is offering a special gift-giving opportunity for friends, family members and couples: The MANA Sweetest Day SALE!


Aspiring writers or writers with a manuscript they want published or a book authors want marketed should take advantage of this one-day sale on October 17. MANA Is offering 30% off any of its publishing, marketing, and life/writing coach services. 

Visit MANA's website and check out what MANA has to offer: 

• Click Here to view Self-Publishing and plans. 
• Click Here to view life/writing coach services. 

We will help you formulate the marketing plan that you need for your book. 

Act now and: 


1. Review the self-publishing, marketing or life/writing coach services MANA has to offer.


2. Contact us for the prices.


3. Make your downpayment on October 17. 


Have questions? Contact us at info@marketingnewauthors.com.



Don't Wait! Submit Your Poems Into MANA's Poetry Contest

The Oct. 26 deadline is fast approaching to submit you collection of poems to MANA's Passion for Poetry Poet Contest. The winning poet will have his or her work published as an e-book with a professionally designed front cover. 

The winner will also receive: 

• An e-book publication of your poetry collection

• Professionally designed cover

• A webpage on the MANA website

• E-commerce services (accepting all major credit cards/providing electronic check 
   service 

• Digital marketing

• No charge for shipping and handling and storage

• 70 percent royalty for every sale made on the MANA website 

As the author, you will retain full copyright and you will receive a royalty for all sales of the work via MANA. 

To have a collection, you must submit 50 to 150 poems. Submit your entry as a Microsoft Word file. Deadline for entries is 11:59 PST, October 26, 2015.  There is no entry fee.

Don't wait, submit your entries today!
To submit your entry, email us at info@marketingnewauthors.com.




Thursday, September 17, 2015

Rent My Brain! MANA's Dr. C. Offers Free 30-Minute Consultation On Writing!

Are you trying to find your voice as a writer? Do you want to find out how to break through writer's block? Then "Rent My Brain." If you need someone to listen and help you to discover yourself as a writer, then contact me, Dr. C., MarketingNewAuthors' (MANA) writing coach, for a free 30-minute session. 

• Do you have trouble finding the time to write?
• Do you need suggestions on how to make your writing come alive?
• Do you need help getting started with writing?

As a life coach/writing coach, I can help you expand your path. Your work will have more impact as you develop your writing skills. Whether you're a parent or grandparent helping a child with writing, or a retired writing teacher wanting to embark upon a new career, or a volunteer wanting to help others with their writing, you need an objective individual who can support your discovery of that path.


Let me help you solve your writing problems, or help others solve theirs. Contact me today at info@marketingnewauthors.com to schedule your free 30 minute session. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

MANA Is Accepting Submissions For Mystery And Fantasy Manuscripts

Calling all mystery and fantasy writers! MarketingNewAuthors (MANA) is accepting submissions of manuscripts on the subjects of mystery and fantasy in September and October. 

If you've always wanted to become a published writer or if you're ready to publish another book, then MANA's special offer is for you. 

With only a $250 down payment , take 20% discount off the cost of any MANA self-publishing plan. MANA's plans include editing, proofreading, an author's web page on MANA's web site, e-commerce services, digital marketing, printing, cover designs and color covers. However, MANA can tailor a plan to fit your budget. 

MANA also offers a Print-On-Demand service and publishes print books and E-books.

What's more, MANA gives authors a 70% royalty for every copy sold!

To take advantage of this special offer:

1. Check out MANA's self-publishing plans on the MarketingNewAuthors.com website.

2. Submit your manuscript via email to MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com.

3. Visit the MANA Months web page on the MarketingNewAuthors.com website and submit a non-refundable down payment of $250.

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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Coloring Books Aren't Just For Children Anymore!

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Book Quote Page To Color
Move over romance novels and mystery books, and make room for the latest bestsellers – adult coloring books!  Yes, coloring books, but not exactly like the ones you had when you were a child. 

If you're an author and want to channel your inner artist, then create coloring books. According to the New York Post, these adult coloring books are selling like crazy. While  many color alone, some people have formed groups and meet weekly to color. Others sit with their friends or family members with their pencils, pens and markers to tackle the intricate patterns and pictures of animals, flowers and other designs to relax, relieve their stress, and just have fun. 

Coloring book may or may not have content which is why authors find these low- (or no-) content books easy to produce.

Johanna Basford, a British illustrator, is credited with making coloring popular amongst adults with her worldwide best-selling coloring book, Secret Garden. Ms. Basford said in an interview with Buzzfeed that a publishing company wanted to commission her for a "traditional" children's book. However, she pitched the idea of creating adult coloring books, but the editors needed some convincing. After sending them some of her ideas, "the editors were sold," she said. According to Buzzfeed, Secret Garden has sold more than 1 million copies and has been translated into 14 different languages. To read the entire article, click HERE.

There are several ways of creating coloring books or pages:

1. If you have a flair for illustration, then create your own black-and-white designs.

2. Turn photographs or clip art into black-and-white outlines by using free or paid photo editing software or apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Canva, Pixlr or GIMP. (Note: If you are using photographs that you do not own or you found them on the Internet, make sure you have permission to use them. The photos may be protected by copyrights.)

There are plenty of video tutorials on YouTube or webinars to help you get started producing coloring books pages – from beginners to advance.

So, if you're up for the challenge, then step out of your comfort zone and become an author of the latest trend – adult coloring books!

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