Sunday, January 25, 2015

College Professors Creative When It Comes To Using Course Material

College professors are finding different forms of material to include in their courses. 

NBC's "Today" show recently aired an episode featuring a course taught at Colorado College called Queen Bees, Wannabees, and Mean Girls. The Comparative Literature course, taught by Lisa Hughes, uses material that includes the popular 2004 movie, Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey, to examine female friendships, competition and power and what women are willing to do to maintain their authority. 

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Faculty members are also publishing their own books to help people other than than their students. For instance, Heather Sisto, who teaches writing, literature and story telling at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan wrote a book, V is for Vegetable, for parents and teachers to help children learn the alphabet. Professor Sisto, who is also a photographer, displays her photography skills throughout the colorful picture book. 

If you are a college professor interested in taking a different approach to teaching and would like help in publishing your material, contact Robbie Dean Press, the parent company of (MANA). Robbie Dean Press offers such services as:

• Providing course packs and other course material published to a faculty member's   
• Publishing traditional textbooks and e-textbooks
• Publishing books on strategic reading, writing and critical thinking skills and intercultural   
   communication skills
• Assisting faculty members who wish to collaborate on a text
• Providing materials from RDP publications to help faculty members assist in developing a  
  new text. 

If you are a faculty member and have an idea for a college text, actually have a manuscript for a college text, wish to collaborate with a colleague, or want RDP to customize a college text for your students, contact RDA to discuss your ideas or to submit your work. As an RDP author, your work will be marketed by MANA. 

For more details, contact Robbie Dean Press via email at or call us at 734-973-9511.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Would You Recommend MANA's Designated Charity for 2015?

Each year, MANA selects a charity to donate We are asking you to help us to decide which charity to donate to in 2015. 

Since we began our company 12 years ago, MANA has donated to many charities. Last year, for instance, MANA designated funds for The Women Veterans Project, sponsored by Swords to Plowshares, a communty-based, not-for-profit veteran service organization that meets the needs of women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2013, MANA designated funds to The ALS Association, an organization helping people affected by ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and their families.  In 2012, MANA designated a percentage of its profits to The American Red Cross for its work with victims of Superstorm Sandy.

One of the key ways MANA has made its donations is related to the MANA Blog Continuous Short Story on our MANA Sunriser Blog. You'll see a photo on the blog post and a writing prompt. One person will use his or her imagination to begin the story, then other writers add to the post. With every 20 posts (at NO cost to the person who posts), MANA donates $10 to the charity. So, MANA is able to make donations because of the posts and other donations by MANA. 

This year, the staff of MANA invites you to recommend the charity for 2015. Send your recommendation to The deadline for recommendations is January 31, 2015. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to Write A Plausible Character – 3 Key Tips From

There are many elements writers need to pay close attention to when creating a fictional world. There’s setting, plot, pacing, voice, imagery and so on. Everything is important, everything counts. That said, one of my favorite places to focus my writing attention is on my characters.
How do your create a good character? Well, the short answer is that she has to be believable. I tell my students and the people I mentor that this means a fictional character has to closely resemble a living person. Read more here: How to Write A Plausible Character – 3 Key |

Monday, January 19, 2015

Quotes From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the following are among the most quoted statements of the Civil Rights legend and promoter of justice for all:

"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope."
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"If you can't fly, then run,
if you can't run, then walk,
if you can't walk, then crawl,
but whatever you do,
you have to keep moving forward."

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

Friday, January 2, 2015

Will You Publish Your First Book in 2015?

Growing Bolder, a multimedia company that produces active lifestyle content, featured James Arruda Henry, a retired lobsterman, on its Facebook page. What's unique about Mr. Henry is he taught himself to read when he was 92 years old. One of the books that he read was Life Is So Good, written by George Dawson, a son of slaves. Mr. Dawson learned to read when he was 98 years old and wrote his book when he was 101. Mr. Henry learned to read, he decided to write his autobiography. In A Fisherman's Language: An Autobiography by Captain James Arruda Henry, was published when he was 96 years old!

Mr. Henry is truly an inspiration, not just to older adults, but first-time authors. It's easy to dream about becoming an author, but doing something about it is a different matter. So, why is it that some first-time writers are reluctant to become published authors? Here are the top three reasons why writers are hesitant to take the next step:

1. Fear. Family and friends are usually supportive of book-publishing efforts, but there are those who may joke, tease or scoff at a writer's plan to publish. Depending on the content of the manuscript, family and friends may even attempt to discourage the author from publishing it. Writers should be prepared for positive and negative reactions to their work. Not everyone will appreciate the book, but there will be others who may enjoy it.