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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Advice To Writers: Stop Complaining!

Find ways to move past your frustrations to complete
and publish your manuscript.
"I have writer's block!" "I don't know where I'm going with this story (or character)" "I've lost my inspiration, I can't finish this story!"  "Who's going to buy this book anyway?" 

How many times have you heard these statements from a writer or if you are a writer, have said these things yourself? When it comes to being successful in completing your manuscript – or for accomplishing any goal – the best place to start is by making a commitment to yourself to stop complaining!  

Of course, it is perfectly fine to question your decisions to write a character a certain way, to revise your entire storyline, and to remain thoughtful and analytical at all times. However, you can't move forward when you're complaining or consistently doubting yourself and your writing abilities. Berating yourself is counterproductive and takes your eyes off of your goal, which is to complete and publish your manuscript. 

If you find yourself in this situation, here are three tips to keep your fingers humming along on the keyboard until you have completed your manuscript:

1. Do more research. Whether it's a fiction or nonfiction book, it's important that writers research the subject of their stories. For instance, if your story is a historical romance set in the American West in the mid-1800s, find out about the culture, customs, politics and personalities of the people who lived during that time. Was there a major event that occurred during that time? Let that become  a turning point in your story for one or more of your characters. 

2. Skip to the next chapter. If you find yourself hitting a snag with a character or a scene or developing the next chapter, move on, don't stop. For instance, insert the information you found in your research into another part of the story, or create another scene, or expand the role of an already established character. The point is not to stop because you hit a bump in the road, keep on going. 

3. Generate ideas to add to your story. It's amazing how many ideas you can generate on your own by talking with others. Is your friend going to physical therapy because of a sore shoulder? Are your cousins planning a family reunion? Is your co-worker having repair work done on her home? You can use all of these examples in some way in your story. Your readers will relate to the details you insert about everyday life. 

4. Review and your revise you work. If you need to take a breather, review what you have written so far. If something is not working, revise your work and take another approach. 

5. Talk with other writers. Writers are willing to share their successes and concerns with each other. If you do not know any writers personally, there are many writers forums you can join and find people who are willing to help you move forward. 

One important difference between successful writers and those who are not is that the successful writers do not discourage themselves easily by complaining. Rather than complain, they focus on solving problems that are keeping them stuck. So, if you find yourself getting frustrated over your manuscript, find ways to develop a stick-to-it-tiveness that will help you achieve your goal of completing and publishing your manuscript!

Monday, January 18, 2016

MANA Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood."  – Oberlin College Commencement Speech

"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method, which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." – Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final say in reality. Right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant." – Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

"Sooner or later, all the peoples of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood." – Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

"Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind." – Oberlin College Commencement

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Robbie Dean Press Turns 25!

We are pleased to announce that Robbie Dean Press LLC (RDP), the parent company of MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA), is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Robbie Dean Press is a traditional publishing company that focuses on college texts and manuscripts with unique subjects. 

In 1991, Robbie Dean Press began with a staff of one, now it has a strong staff of printers, web designer/manager, artists, graphic designers, layout tech, marketing associate, student intern, and a review board for both Robbie Dean Press and MANA. In honor of its 25th anniversary, Robbie Dean Press will offer celebratory discounts and donations for the entire year of 2016: 

Books – Purchase one book at full price and receive 25% off the price of the second book.  
  A rebate check will be immediately sent with shipped orders.
• Self-Publishing Plans and Marketing Plans – 25% off the cost of all plans
• All Services – 25% off the cost of all services
• For Traditional Textbook Services – 25% donation of all sales of the instructor's text to 
  the college or charity of the author's choice

All quality textbook manuscripts submitted to Robbie Dean Press will undergo a review by the Robbie Dean Press Review Board. We like to have as much manuscript material as possible in order to accurately assess the potential of your book. We are capable of publishing your classroom materials to your specifications. 

Robbie Dean Press has the trademark motto – DETERMINED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE and the company wants to make that difference for all of its customers and MANA, too!  

Do you have a textbook that you want published by a traditional publisher? Contact us by filling out the Contact Form on the Robbie Dean Press website at http://robbiedeanpress.com/Contact_Us/contact_us.html, or email us at fairyha@aol.com, or call us at 734-973-9511.

In the meantime, check out the books, Self-Publishing Plans, Marketing Plans and other resources on MANA's Website at MarketingNewAuthors.com and start taking advantage of the 25% anniversary special today!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Book Publishing Predictions For 2016

Self-publishing will move full-speed ahead and print books will remain strong. Indie authors will increase their global influence and mobile users should expect more marketing content. 
The publishing experts have spoken and the predictions are out for 2016. If you are considering writing or publishing a book this year, then find out what the publishing experts are predicting for 2016: 

2. 2016 Book Publishing Industry Predictions: Myriad Opportunities amid a Slow Growth Environment

3. Predictions for 2016 that You Should Know 

4. 10 Industry Predictions for 2016

5, Joanna's e-book predictions for 2016


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Publish Your Book in 2016!

It's not unusual for people to set personal goals at the beginning of a new year. If you are a writer, one of your goals may be to finish your manuscript and publish your book. You may begin to work with diligence on yourself manuscript, only to come to a complete halt within a few weeks or months. Why does that happen?

There are several reasons why this might happen, but a common reason for writers is a lack of confidence. A lack of confidence? Yes, a lack of confidence. Have you heard the adage, "everyone is a critic?" While this is true, the biggest critic of all is the writer who says: "I don't think my work is good enough to publish." "Who's going to read my book anyway?" "I don't know anyone personally who has written a book, so why do I think I can do it?"

If you are a writer and you can relate to these statements, then you are already putting yourself in a position to fail. No one has to come down hard on you because you are already doing a good job of sabotaging yourself. This type of negative self-talk can be detrimental because we often follow the patterns created in our minds by our thoughts. Allowing negative self-talk to dominate your mind can lead to low self-esteem, depression and other unhealthy results – not to mention an unpublished manuscript! 

If you want to fulfill your goal of completing and publishing your book in 2016, here are suggestions to help you move forward:

Replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk. When a negative thought is removed something needs to fill its place. For instance, instead of saying, "I don't think my work is good enough," say "I have thoroughly researched my topic and added my unique perspective to the subject. I cannot wait to share this worthwhile subject with others."  If negative self-talk can discourage you, then surely positive self-talk can encourage you to complete your work. 

• Talk to a trusted friend. Discuss your insecurities over writing your book and the reasons why you have not yet completed it. Allow your friend to console you, counsel you and challenge your negative thought pattern. However, be willing to accept constructive criticism. 

• Count your positives. You are a writer and you have the ability to share your creativity with others, that's one of your biggest positives! Believe that your work of fiction can entertain your readers or your nonfiction work can improve their lives. 

Make 2016 your year to accomplish your goal of writing and publishing your book. Don't let negative self-talk stop you from moving forward. Start writing now and don't stop until you're done!