Friday, February 9, 2018

MANA Announces Winners of the 2017 MANA Blog Short Story Series Contest (MANA) is pleased to announce Jenny Harp, as the 1st Place winner of the 2017 MANA Blog Short Story Series Contest. Ms. Harp's short story, "Daisy," will appear as a five-part installation in MANA's Short Story Series on The MANA Sunriser Blog. Read the latest installments of "Daisy" by clicking on the title.

Maria Cox is the 2nd Place winner for her story, "Working Late." Ms. Cox's story will also appear as a five-part installation story in MANA's Short Story Series. Read the latest installments of "Working Late" by clicking on the title. 

Ms. Cox is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and also treasurer of RWA/NYC. She has also served as president of the Phoenix Writers Club. When not writing fiction, Maria works as a technical writers. She resides in Queens, NY. You can visit her site at

Last year, MANA put out a call for entries for the short story contest. The MANA Sunriser Blog features a Short Story Series as a “throwback” to the days when print newspapers and magazines published short stories that appear as a series. MANA has brought serials back to public life!. To read the short stories that are already posted, go to the right side of this blog to view the story list. 

Again, MANA congratulates Jenny Harp and Maria Cox for their first and second place wins, respectively. MANA also thanks other writers who participated. 

We hope you enjoy MANA's Short Story Series. 

If you have a short story that you would like to contribute to MANA's Short Story Series, contact MANA at We will review your story and notify you if we accept your story for publication. You will maintain full copyright. 

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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Q&A With Karen Meyer, Author of "My Valentine Heart"

"My Valentine Heart"
by Karen Meyer (MANA) welcomes Karen Meyer to the MANA Family of Authors.  Ms. Meyer is the author of My Valentine Heart, the story of two sisters who have their conflicts but overcome their problems through love.  Click HERE to preview or purchase My Valentine Heart on MANA's website

MANA: What is the title of your book? 
Karen Meyer (KM): My Valentine Heart.

MANA: Who are the main characters?
KM: Sisters, Allannah and Jacinta.

MANA: Can you give us a synopsis of your book?
KM: Fifth-grader, Allannah, is aggravated by Jacinta's interruptions while she is trying to make home-made valentines for her classmates. As Valentine's Day comes near, Allannah's heart becomes more loving toward her sister. As time passes, Jacinta is discovered by a boy who wants to spend time with her, leaving Allannah wondering, "Does she know she has a sister?" Mom works two jobs to keep the family housed and clothed and has also offered Grandma a home. The girls are shocked when Grandma wins a game they play. Mom loves her girls dearly and is satisfied to live in the memory of her late husband. Conflict arises when she is asked on a date. How do the girls feel about this? What does Grandma suggest?

MANA: How did you come up with the idea for the book?
KM: Thinking about how one can become loving toward a person who aggravates, when one realizes they have a choice to love instead. 

MANA: What do you want readers to get out of your new book after they read it?
KM:  I hope the reader sees that a family can be loving to each other even though there are differences.

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.