Sunday, January 28, 2018

MANA's Latest Book Release: "Selling Memories: Poems and Tales for my Grandchildren When They Grow Up"

MANA is pleased to announce Rita Gitik's new book, Selling Memories: Poems and Tales For my Grandchildren When They Grow Up. This is Ms. Gitik's second book. The first is The Medici Heirs, also available on MANA's website. 

Gitik's new book of poems and tales touches every facet of life. Every tale and poem provide a special pathos that will touch the hearts and souls of many grandchildren who may think their grandmothers do not understand their many experiences with life. 

The following is a sample of her work title, Seven Septets:

I love you in more ways than you can count.
I'll always find new ways to love you.
A lemon-coloured butterfly
On the folds of my heart.
A purple-coloured butterfly
On the folds of my memory.
Can you measure my love fix for you, my lover?

One by one the guests arrive.
Invited and uninvited.
Carrying shreds of their lives
In battered suitcases.
Carrying shadows of their loved ones
In aching broken hearts.
Can we make them happy, my lover?

A queen.
A dancing queen.
A dancing queen taking chances for you.
A dancing queen taking chances for you, my lover.
Will I be your dancing queen taking chances for you?
A dancing queen...
A queen.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Contribute to MANA's 2018 Blog Continuous Short Story and Help "Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul"

After enjoying much success over the past five years, (MANA) will continue its annual fundraiser that helps non-profit organizations provide services to those in need. MANA does not ask for monetary contributions, but asks instead for written contributions to MANA’s Blog Continuous Short Story. 

MANA and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press, have supported various charitable projects over the years through posts on "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story.” Click HERE to read the 2017 Blog Continuous Short Story.

The designated charity for 2018 is "Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul." U-Haul International and Humble Design have teamed up to create a non-profit organization that helps families transition out of homeless shelters and into homes, according to the non-profit's website. 

Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul accepts donated household goods to provide furnishings and design services that turns an empty house into a clean, dignified and welcoming home. The non-profit has been featured on NBC Nightly News. Based in Pontiac, Michigan, Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul has locations in Chicago and Detroit, and plans to open locations in San Diego and Seattle.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

MANA Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"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

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"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

"The time is always right to do what is right."

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Are You Ready To Become A MANA Author?

So,  just who is a MANA author? MANA authors are passionate about their subjects. MANA authors also put time and care in the development of their manuscript. 

The MANA Author knows that the submitted manuscript is a quality-written finished piece, needing editing but not total “reconstructive surgery. A MANA Author is willing to share the good news about his/her book and not just expect MANA to market the book.

If you want to know more about being a MANA author and get a deal on MANA's Winter 2018 Self-Publishing Plans, then go to MANA's website for more information. 

MANA's Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott Featured on!

Dr. Hayes-Scott has over 40 years experience teaching a broad base of subjects to high school and college students such as, American Sign Language, courses about deafness, English composition, and courses covering different phases of literature.
For over 26 years, she has been very active in the publishing industry, owning two companies—Robbie Dean Press, LLC (a textbook publishing company) and (aself-publishing company). Her ownership of two companies has made her an effective supporter of female entrepreneurs. The combination of the two careers has enhanced her skills to serve students, writers, and businesswomen. Read more on the site.

Monday, January 8, 2018

5 Fears to Overcome Before Publishing Your Book

There’s nothing like seeing your dream of writing a book become reality. Without a doubt, publishing a book is a major feat, but it’s not for the fainthearted! It’s natural to have some fear before you introduce your book to the world, but don’t let that fear be a stumbling block to publishing your book. 

Here are 5 fears that you may be facing and a few tips to overcoming them: 

• Fear of “going public.” It is important for authors to have a platform to engage with their readers. This means that you need to have a way for readers to connect with you, whether it’s on your blog, your Facebook author page, Instagram, or Twitter. Your readers want to know the author behind the book. If you want to remain anonymous because you're afraid to go public, you may have difficulties selling your book. 

• Fear of criticism. If there is one thing that readers will do, it’s provide feedback—which may include criticism—about your book.  Criticism may be hurtful at first, but it can also be helpful. How? It can show you the weakness of a storyline or a need to flesh out a character, for example. So, take the good with the bad and learn from both. Who knows? It may help you to improve your next manuscript.