Embracing Your Unique Voice: The Pitfalls of Comparing Yourself to Established Authors

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If there’s one reason why aspiring writers stop short of becoming first-time authors is the feeling that they are not “good enough” to complete a manuscript and publish a book. This feeling can be detrimental particularly when beginning writers compare themselves with established authors and believe that they should be successful right from the start.

Every writer has a unique voice and style. However, if you are a writer and want to imitate the writing style of your favorite author, you are taking time away from developing your own style. What’s more, it’s easy to develop self-doubt and become discouraged when you believe your writing is not up to the same level as another author. 

The Downside of Comparison 

Celebrate Mother's Day With MANA's Self-Publishing Special

Would you like to give a unique present to a very special person for Mother's Day? 

If your mother or someone who is like a mother to you has always wanted to become published, what better present to give her than a publishing special from (MANA). 

MANA's Mother's Day special includes: 

  • Consultation
  • Color Covers Document Layout
  • E-Commerce (acceptance of Amex, Discover, Master Card, & VISA)
  • Book on a Webpage on the MANA website
  • One hundred (100) copies
  • Select ANY book on the MANA Site as a Gift
  • And a MANA Mother’s Day Charm
MANA will also send a Mother's Day card announcing your present. To find out about the cost of this special offer, go HERE to MANA's website. 

Happy Mother's Day from!

Celebrate Spring With MANA's Special Print-On-Demand Offer (MANA) is celebrating Spring with a special print-on-demand self-publishing offer. 

For a document of 75,000 words or less, authors will receive:

• Consultation

• Color Covers

• Document Layout

• E-Commerce (acceptance of Amex, Discover, Master Card, & VISA)

• Five (5) printed copies

• Webpage on MANA site

• A 10 percent royalty.

Take advantage of this offer and receive a MANA T-shirt and a Mother's Day Charm.

In addition, this Print-On-Demand plan will provide authors with a maximum of ten (10) printed copies per month at NO cost to the authors. This plan lasts for a year, from the day the contract is signed. 

What is the cost? $1,750.

All it takes is a $584 down payment to get the plan started. 

This special lasts until June 20, 2024. 

This is the time to Spring into action! So, take the next step to getting published by going HERE to MANA's website for more information. 

A MANA Moment Editorial: In Celebration of Mother's Day

By Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott
Robbie Dean Press

This season celebrates a very special day for me—Mother's Day. This day's celebration of mothers is well-deserved. At least I know my mother, Fairy Dean Hayes, deserved to be recognized. She and I had a very special relationship. She and I shared so much. She was my confidant. I could talk with her about anything. 

When I had to deal with bullying in elementary school, she was the person with whom I could share my tears and gain advice on how to cope. When I had my first kiss, she was the first person I shared this "monumental" event of my teen life. 

When I experienced a major challenge during my early years as a teacher, she was there for me. It was she who reminded me, "Pumpkin, do you still have the Bible I gave you?" I replied affirmatively. She shared I should pray Psalms 91. I did. Of course, more than Divine intervention occurred. Still, she was there with valuable advice. And the situation was resolved as well as others.

And I served as her confidant. From a very young age, I witnessed domestic violence. My Mommy managed to talk with me in such a way as not to justify what I saw but try to understand and never stop loving and respecting my Dad. 

And I learned from her actions to strive for the highest degree in the profession I could attain. Watching her earn her bachelor's and master's degrees inspired me to do the same, if not more. 

Most importantly, I watched her provide the tremendous support she gave my Dad when he experienced the onset of dementia. I learned just how dear the support of a spouse during sickness meant to her and provided me with a clear role model to follow as a wife.

As a little girl, I recall hearing her on the phone say to a lady who asked her to join this prestigious club: "I thank you, but I am committed to the little brown girl here. She is my club." When I became a mom, I remembered those words. And I have tried to emulate her behavior with my children. They have been my club.

My Mommy passed in 2005. However, the relationship I had with her stays with me to this day. And so, this is my reason for keeping dear to my heart this very uplifting season of Spring.

MANA's National Reading Month Special: Excerpts From The Children's Books, "Reesy—A Little Girl Learning Life's Lessons" and "Marvin's Lump"

To celebrate National Reading Month, (MANA) presents excerpts from the children's books, Reesy—A Little Girl Learning Life's Lessons by Annie Comor-Jacobs and Marvin's Lump by Jennifer Weil.

In Reesy—A Little Girl Learning Life's Lessons, Reesy learns about divorce, the deep South, deafness, and death. The excerpt here is about her third lesson—learning about death.

Marvin's Lump addresses children's fears and helps them see how to overcome them.

Listen to the audio below and follow along with MANA's Dr. Fairy-Hayes Scott as she does an interpretive reading of the first few pages of each book:

Reesy—A Little Girl Learning Life's Lessons

by Annie Comor-Jacobs

Reesy was so excited that she jumped out of her bed and rushed into her mother's room. Reesy whispered to her mother, "Mommy, Mommy, are you sure that my dress is going to be okay for today? 

"Yes," replied her sleepy mother. 

"I want to look special for Angela's graduation."

Reesy’s mother looked at the clock and said, “Reesy, it’s only 6:30 in the morning."

After the graduation, the family was invited to Angela's house for dinner. When Reesy and her mother arrived, Angela rushed over and gave Reesy a hug and said, "Reesy, I have something special for you. 

“Oh, no. Mommy said we have a special gift for you because you are the one who graduated."

A MANA Moment Editorial: Celebrating National Reading Month!

By Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott
Robbie Dean Press

Fondly, I recall how my mother opened the world to me by the reading of books. Before I even knew myself, it was she who would read to me just before I went to sleep. 

And when I could read, she introduced sensitive subjects, for example, sex. I recall shock, and I ran back to where she was washing clothes and asked, "You and Daddy did that? Ughh!" 

However, it was through our discussions about so many subjects presented in books that my mother and I developed a very special bond.

I managed to establish that same bond with my children, especially my daughter. My stepson would be with us every other weekend, but it was my daughter whom I read to her The Cat in the Hat, Good Night, Moon, and so many more works every night. 

And every Sunday morn, we would read a passage from the Bible, play chess, and share any concerns she may have had with me. This was when I had to "zip my lip" and listen to her point of view. And to this day, when she visits, we still read a Biblical passage and have that special mother-daughter chat (she has less concerns about me, now‚ whew!).

National Reading Month is a celebration of bonds established between loved ones who read, found joy, experienced warmth, and established deep-seated relationships that will never be broken.

MANA's National Reading Month Special: Excerpts From The Children's Book, "Charlie: The Dog Who Lived The Dream" by Charmaine Stangl

In celebration of National Reading Month, (MANA) presents excerpts from the children's book, Charlie, The Dog Who Lived The Dream, by Charmaine Stangl, which is available on MANA's website. 

Listen to the audio below and follow along with MANA's Dr. Fairy-Hayes Scott as she does an interpretive reading of the first few pages of the book: 

Once not long ago, there was a man named Jake. He had a dog named Charlie who was truly his best friend. That is, if a best friend is someone who listens carefully when you have something to say, does everything you love to do with great enthusiasm, and would rather simply be with you than anything else in the world. Certainly, Charlie fits this description precisely.

Charlie loved to take long walks in the woods with Jake. He loved to feel the wind cooling his face and ruffling his fur. He loved to smell the scent of other animals in the woods. He loved to sit by the fire and just enjoy the peace and quiet. But most of all, much more even than all these wonderful things, he loved the sound of Jake’s voice when he said “Good boy, Charlie,” and the feel of Jake’s hand on his shoulder.

National Reading Month Special: Excerpts From The Children's Book, "Lamar Montgomery and The Freaky Faces Club" by Barbara Gene

To celebrate National Reading Month, (MANA) presents excerpts from the children's book, Lamar Montgomery and The Freaky Faces Club by Barbara Gene, which is available on MANA's website. 

Listen to the audio below and follow along with MANA's Dr. Fairy-Hayes Scott as she does an interpretive reading of the first few pages of the book: 

Lamar Montgomery felt very sure of himself as he stood in front of the huge mirror inside Ms. Minerva’s elementary school gymnasium. Standing with his hands on his hips, he smiled at his own reflection. “Well,” he said to himself, like Mama says, “Lamar Montgomery, you are not only smart but good-looking, too. Mama’s pride and joy,” 

Lamar was six years old, but he already stood a full 5 feet, 1 inches tall, and he was the proud inventor and President of The Freaky Faces Club.
Lamar giggled as he practiced his moves in the mirror for today’s meeting. He wiggled his nose, flapped his ears, and puffed out his cheeks. Slowly releasing the air from his cheeks in small bursts, it sounded just like kernels of corn popping. He was loosening his lip muscles by furiously pouting them in and out when he noticed the reflections of the other club members filing into the gym behind him. 

How to Propel Your Creativity Into the Spotlight


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In an era where creativity flourishes in every digital nook, standing out as a creator is a formidable challenge and a profound art form. This journey transcends mere talent; it's about strategically presenting that talent to the world to make sure it not only emerges from the shadows but also captures the spotlight it so rightfully deserves.

The quest for recognition is nuanced, requiring not just fervor but a meticulously crafted strategy to prevent your work from fading into obscurity. This article delves into the myriad strategies that authors and other creators can employ to illuminate their work so it receives the acclaim and admiration it warrants.

Crafting a Captivating Portfolio

For creators, the foundation of recognition lies in a carefully curated portfolio. This portfolio serves as a visual narrative, a collection that highlights the zenith of your work and traces the evolution and breadth of your creative journey. A portfolio, especially for authors, is more than a compilation of works; it invites viewers to delve into your unique artistic realm. It must be impactful, resonating with the audience and leaving an indelible mark.

Nurturing Financial Partnerships

The realization of visionary projects often depends on acquiring essential funding. This step extends beyond merely attracting investors; it involves cultivating partnerships with entities that align with and support your creative philosophy. These partnerships are vital, providing the resources necessary to elevate projects from mere concepts to tangible creations. It’s about finding a synergy with backers who can transform stagnation into dynamic growth.