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Contribute to MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story and Help Forgotten Harvest During the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

WRITING PROMPT

The impact of the coronavirus disease has jeopardized the health, safety, and employment of many people who now find themselves in need of food. 

Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit food rescue organization, has been working with government, nonprofit, and community organizations to deliver food to people in need. Forgotten Harvest delivers 138,000 pounds of surplus food per day to local charities six days a week.

MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press (RDP), have supported charitable projects over the years through posts on "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story."  Through this latest short story project, MANA plans to donate to Forgotten Harvest, BUT AT NO COST to those who contribute to the short story. 

MANA IS NOT ASKING FOR MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS ONLY LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS. 

This is how "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story" works: 

Contribute to MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story for Young Writers and Help Forgotten Harvest During the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

WRITING PROMPT

Are you a parent looking for a creative outlet for your child? Do you have a child under 13 years old who enjoys writing? If so, MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) is providing an opportunity for your child to help others in need.

The impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has jeopardized the health, safety, and employment of many people who now find themselves in need of food. 

Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit food rescue organization, has been working with government, nonprofit, and community organizations to deliver food to people in need. Forgotten Harvest delivers 138,000 pounds of surplus food per day to local charities six days a week.

MANA and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press, have supported charitable projects over the years through posts on "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story." Through the latest short story project, MANA plans to donate to Forgotten Harvest, BUT AT NO COST to those who contribute to the short story. 

MANA IS NOT ASKING FOR MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS ONLY LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS. 

This is how "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story" works: 

MANA Celebrates National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. Established in 1996 by the American Academy of American Poets (AAAP), the annual celebration brings public awareness to the art of poetry.

The Academy was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March.

The goal of National Poetry Month is to:

• highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing  
  achievement of American poets;
• encouraging the reading of poetry;
• help teachers in bringing poetry into their classroom;
• encourage increased publication and distribution 
  of poetry books; and 
• encourage support for poets and poetry.

MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) supports the efforts of the AAAP. We help poets and writers of prose self-publish and market their works. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we will introduce you to poetry written by MANA authors.

If you love poetry, then we hope you enjoy the poetry excerpts we provide this month on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and blog posts will give you some enjoyment as we face this global challenge together.

The poems we have selected to feature are from the books below. To preview the books and to find out more information, click on the title of the book which will take you to the book's webpage: 

A Message From MANA and RDP

Robbie Dean Press
We certainly are facing challenging times, not only in our nation but around the world. The unexpected loss of a loved one due to the coronavirus is understandably difficult while the fear of contracting the highly contagious disease can become overwhelming. 
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MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press, extend heartfelt condolences to those who have suffered a loss, and good wishes for a speedy recovery to those diagnosed with COVID-19. 

During this time of physical “social distancing,” we may be spending more time with your family members and friends, and possibly reconnecting with people you haven’t heard from in a while. Being confronted with a situation that is out of our control forces us to take care of ourselves and support others during their hardships. 

One way that helps us to process our feelings is writing, which can be therapeutic. Writing down our feelings, thoughts, and emotions, either through journaling or free writing, can be powerful. 

If you have expertise in a certain area, you may want to consider writing a self-help book. If you want to inspire others, you may want to consider inspirational writing. 

MANA continues to support its authors and others interested in exploring the world of self-publishing and traditional publishing. If you've made a New Year's resolution to write a book, you could use this time to either start or finish. If you need help getting started in achieving your dream of becoming an author or writing another book, do not hesitate to contact MANA.

Stay alert, take precautions, but go the distance with your writing!

Have questions? Contact MANA via Facebook or Twitter  



New Book Release: "Nick Christopher: Time Traveler"

Nick Christopher: Time Traveler
What does a young scientist do when his mother dies, leaving him alone, devastated and wondering about this responsibility as an only child? 

For Dr. Nick Christopher, the answer is easy.

He must go back in time to save her, and, in the process, uncover the questions he has always had about the sudden, and rather mysterious, death of his father, a broken Vietnam War veteran whose life’s dreams have been shattered. 

With help from his life-long friend, Paul Roberts, a renowned scientist, Nick travels back in time to the years before his birth, so he can talk to his mother and change her future. 
He (Nick's father) had died suddenly before Nick was born, but the trauma of his death had done little to cool his mother's feelings and sometimes bitter resentment about him as a husband.
But just as Nick discovers a way to go back in time, so do forces who have their own dark agenda for changing the past to fit their image of the future. So, what happens when Nick runs into these mysterious, unidentified agents? 

Nick Christopher: Time Traveler is the first fiction novel by Dr. Gregory Shafer, an English professor whose nonfiction textbooks include Process & Voice in the Writing Workshop, and Propaganda—American Style: A Textbook for Critical Thinkers (Click on the titles to read our blog posts each book).

Grab a Book! March is National Reading Month!

March is designated as National Reading Month. The month of March was selected in honor of the March 2nd birthday of one of the most popular children's writers in American history: Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name," Dr. Seuss."

March is set aside to motivate people of all ages to read every day. But here’s something really interesting, Americans need a lot of motivation since statistics show that fewer people are reading books in any format: 

• 27 percent of respondents in a Pew Research Center survey said they had not read a book in whole or in part in the past year. The survey was conducted Jan. 8, 2019, to Feb. 7, 2019.

• From 2003 to 2018, the average amount of time Americans spent reading was less than 16 minutes per day, according to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

• A National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) survey found that 53 percent of American adults read at least one book for pleasure in the past 12 months, the lowest level since the survey began in 1982. 

If reading is on the decline, then what are adults doing in their leisure time?

Black History Month Originated by African American Writer

Did you know that Black History Month began as a celebration that only lasted for one week and was initiated by an African American author? 

As early as the 17th century, the works of African American writers have contributed to American history. From the call to end slavery, to the civil rights movement, to the changing landscape of race relations today, black writers have taken to their keyboards to influence the events of their time. 

The works of African American writers are usually featured during Black History Month in February, the annual recognition of the achievements made by blacks and the role African Americans played in U.S. history. 


Carter G. Woodson
If it wasn't for a writer, Black History Month may not exist today! The celebration was inspired by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, now called the "Father of Black History." Carter was an African American author who co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. 

Carter, the author of The Mis-Education of the Negro, realized that the role of blacks in American history had been ignored. In 1926, Woodson started what he called, "Negro History Week," to acknowledge the contributions of blacks in U.S. history. 

Woodson wanted the event to occur each year in the second week of February—between the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two historical figures who played prominent roles in the history of African Americans. 

Black Writers Through The Centuries 

Before President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which granted freedom to slaves effective January 1, 1863, African American authors and poets, like Phillis Wheatly and George Moses Horton, infused their writings were desires to escape from slavery.

How Are You Coming Along With Writing Your Book?

Are you working on your book or making excuses? 

You know, the same excuses you've been making for some time: 

I don't have time to write. 

OR

I have writer's block. 

OR

I'm afraid that readers won't like what I write.

If you want to start—and complete—your book, it's important that you factor writing into your daily schedule. After all, writing is arguably the heart of everything when it comes to publishing your book!

To help you to prioritize your writing, here are 5 important points to consider and questions to ask yourself:

1. Fit writing into your daily life in a practical way. 

• When will I find time to write?
• What am I willing to set aside in order to spend that time writing?
• Am I willing to make writing a daily habit?

2. Find topics for your work.

• What am I going to write about? 
• What research do I need to do on the topic? 
• Are people interested in reading the topic that I want to write about?