Are You Ready to Self-Publish Your Book? Then MANA Can Help!

Publishing a book goes beyond writing your manuscript. The next step is formatting your book and designing an eye-catching book cover. 

This may be something you can do on your own if you have software that allows you to lay out your book and create your front and back covers. 

However, if you do not have software and you've never done this before, the process can get pretty frustrating. (MANA) can provide a professional layout for your book at an affordable cost. With your layout, you can choose to have MANA publish your work or another company, or you can publish the work yourself. The layout services MANA provides include:

  • Consultation
  • Art Work
  • Cover Designs
  • Customized Document Layout
  • Printing  

The cost of MANA's services will be based on the type of services you need and the number of words in your manuscript. MANA also offers a number of other services to take advantage of, if you so choose. MANA can tailor a package based on your budget and the services you would want MANA to provide.

While you can lay out your document and design your book covers without expensive software, don’t be surprised if it takes many tries before you can produce satisfactory results.  

A well-designed book is a key factor in the publishing process and is important to readers. Not only must this work be done, but it has to be done well. The same goes for creating a unique book cover. It's true that we judge books by their covers (read our blog post, "Book Cover Design: A Key Factor in the Self-Publishing Process" here). For this reason, it's important that your book sports an eye-catching cover design. 

MANA's partial services plan is perfect if you want your manuscript prepared to go to the next level—only later. 

Interested? Contact MANA via email at or for more information, go HERE to visit MANA's website.

Are You Looking For New Books To Read? Check Out These Books By MANA's Authors

If you enjoy looking for new books to read, then look no further than (MANA). MANA has books in a variety of genres—from fantasy and children's to classroom textbooks. As long as you love to read and discover new books, MANA has something for you. 

Part 1: Listen to excerpts from the children's book, The Curse of Shadow Park by F. P. LaRue, and the fantasy book, Nick Christopher: Time Traveler by Gregory Shafer. 

Part 2: Listen to excerpts of poetry from the book, Autism—Poetic Pride: A Collection of Poetry by Queen Anya Rutz, and a college textbook that focuses on the nature of language, Linguistics For College Freshmen and Sophomores: Non-Majors Welcome! by Gregory Shafer. 

Learn more about each book by MANA's authors: 

1. The Curse of Shadow Park

Curse of Shadow Park
, a book geared toward adolescents, tells a fictional story for young readers that follow the escapades of Oliver and his two best friends who try to solve the mystery of a hiker that went missing in Shadow Park. 

As they search for the missing hiker, they find more than they ever expected in the Forbidden Zone of the park!

To learn more about MANA's author, F. P. LaRue, click on the title to read our blog post, A Q&A With F.P. LaRue, Author of "The Curse of Shadow Park."

Click HERE to preview The Curse of Shadow Park on MANA's website.  

2. Nick Christopher: Time Traveler

In Nick Christopher: Time Traveler, the young scientist sets out on a mission to change the course of his family, but is he trying to play God in the process? 

Nick's mother died, leaving him feeling alone, devastated, and wondering about his responsibility as an only child. So, Nick goes back in time to save her, and in the process, uncovers questions he has always had about the sudden, and rather mysterious, death of his father, a Vietnam War veteran whose life's dreams have been shattered. 

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? 

To learn more about MANA's author, Gregory Shafer, click on the title to read our blog post: "Meet Nick Christopher: Time Traveler."

Click HERE to preview Nick Christopher: Time Traveler on MANA's website. 

3. Autism—Poetic Pride: A Collection of Poetry

Anya Rutz is aware of the challenges that autism brings, but she does not let autism stop her from achieving her goals.

Rutz has published a collection of poetry with messages of empowerment and encouragement for any reader. Her book, Autism—Poetic Pride: A Collection of Poetry, speaks to anyone who has been confronted by life's moments, mentally knocked down, and spiritually uplifted. This collection provides inspiration for anyone who wishes to reflect, recharge, and embrace the challenges of life. Rutz added the title of "Queen" to her name because she has been able to rule her life with all of its challenges and become an author.

To learn more about MANA's author, Queen Anya Rutz, click on the title to read our blog post: "Introducing Autism—Poetic Pride: A Collection of Poetry." 

Click HERE to preview Autism—Poetic Pride: A Collection of Poetry on MANA's website. 

4. Linguistics for College Freshmen and Sophomores: Non-Majors Welcome!

College students may approach this subject with the same dread as they would a root canal. However, Dr. Shafer's insight, sharpness, and wit make this an excellent work for undergraduates who are not majoring in linguistics but want a clear understanding of the science of language. 

This text demonstrates how language and its users can include, exclude, manipulate, and comfort. This is one of the first textbooks for freshmen and sophomores that provide an intelligent, thorough, and challenging study of language. 

Click HERE to preview Linguistics for College Freshmen and Sophomores Non-Majors Welcome! on MANA's website. 

 The Staff of wishes all a very happy Martin Luther King, Jr Day!

Inspire and Motivate People With Your Writing

Writers usually have someone or something that inspires them to write. And, writing under this inspiration can result in readers being motivated to take on a challenge, embark on a new opportunity, or get their own creative juices flowing. 

If your blog posts, essays, or articles garner positive reactions from your families, friends, or dedicated readers, then you may want to consider creating more inspirational work. 

You may ask, "Why the inspirational niche?" For one, people are overwhelmed with the complexities of daily life and need something—or someone—to turn to for advice, emotional support, and encouragement.  Inspirational writers motivate their readers to take positive action, make changes in their lives, and give them hope that they can endure whatever difficulties they may be experiencing. 

One of the best examples of inspirational writing is the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series created by Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield. After relaying their personal stories to their audiences and encouraging them to focus on self-improvement and wellness, the two motivational speakers decided to put their stories, and those of others, into a book. The Chicken Soup for the Soul series has sold millions of books which shows that readers enjoy their inspirational work. 

An Important Factor in Inspirational Writing

The key to inspirational writing is keeping the focus on your reader, and not entirely on yourself. Now having said that, it is necessary to provide details about your own personal experiences and what you have learned from your particular situations. 

However, you can't stop there; you have to inspire your readers to take the next step as you did in order for a change to happen.

The next step could be changing their way of life or changing their way of thinking in order to improve their life or overcome a challenging situation. 

3 Tips on Inspirational Writing

If you're interested in inspirational writing, here are 3 tips to keep in mind: 

1. Keep it Practical. Make sure you use information and topics to which readers can relate. For instance, if you are writing to individuals who have lost a loved one, avoid using trite sayings and clich├ęs. Make sure your content is believable, realistic, and uplifting. 

2. Keep it focused. Your inspirational message should get to the point fairly quickly. Remember that people scan articles and stories for the most important points. If you bog down your story with too many unnecessary details, readers will lose interest and stop reading altogether. However, you have more latitude with the length of your stories if you're writing a book.  

3. Keep it compelling. To maintain your readers' attention, stress the most interesting and extraordinary parts of your story. Discuss the dilemma you (or someone else) faced, the decision that was made, the outcome, and the lesson learned from it all. This will move your story along and keep your readers engaged. 

By keeping these tips in mind and new ones you will discover as you write, you can produce a wealth of material that will inspire, comfort, and motivate your readers for years to come. 

Do you need help self-publishing your book? can help. Contact us at 734-975-0028 or email us at Visit our website at

Actionable Tips for Balancing a Freelance Writing Career and Your Education

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By Derek Goodman

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Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever began freelancing. And out of all the freelancing careers, writing remains a profitable and in-demand option among the many possible freelance sectors.

One of the best aspects of freelance writing is the ability to work anywhere, on your schedule. This flexibility is undoubtedly one of the biggest attractors for students. If you're trying to balance your education with a budding freelance writing career, here are a few things you should know. 

Invest in Editing Software and Services

As a writer, you're not an editor, but you do need to self-edit your work. Some of the most profitable freelance writing gigs will require you to send in polished work that needs little to no editing. Thus, editing software will become your best friend.

You should consider using two types of editing software together. Begin with the HemingwayApp, which is free. This will check for passive voice, adverb use, and reading level. Then, copy and paste your work into Grammarly. If you want to write professionally, you should splurge on Grammarly Premium. This will check for a comprehensive (and ever-evolving) range of writing errors.

Remember, you still need to read your work after using your editing software. While powerful tools, artificial intelligence (AI) doesn't always get human speech correct. Also, pay attention to the mistakes you make and actively work on addressing them.

Last but not least, consider working with professionals who help you edit and polish your work. For example, offers proofreading and editing services that can strengthen your work and polish it to a shine. 

Schedule Your Freelancing Time

Being in charge of your schedule doesn't only mean you can work whenever or wherever you want. It also means you're solely in control of your deadlines. Consider using a physical studentplanner or scheduling app. You can feel free to change your freelancing schedule from week to week, but it's essential to stick to it. Make notes on project deadlines and ensure you've scheduled enough time to complete them. You'll also find it helpful to check your schedule before taking on new projects so you don't overwhelm yourself and end up suffering from burnout. 

Learn Basic Digital Marketing

Learning the basics of digital marketing can significantly increase your chances of attracting clients. HubSpot Academy offers free digital marketing certification courses you can take advantage of. Besides the general digital marketing course, you may also want to take SEO, inbound marketing, and content marketing courses.

Consider Forming an LLC

Consider forming a limited liability company (LLC) to protect yourself and your new business. There are numerous advantages of forming an LLC. Rocket Lawyer notes that the most important benefit is it limits your personal liability for the company, meaning your business going into debt won't affect your personal finances or credit score. Additional benefits include more flexibility, tax advantages, and less paperwork to fill out.

Each state has its own rules and regulations around forming an LLC, so be sure to do your research on what's required in your state before moving forward. Skip the hefty lawyer fees and file your paperwork yourself. If you don't feel confident in filing this paperwork, consider a formation service instead. 

Prioritize Getting Paid

To ensure your efforts aren’t all for naught, it’s imperative that you receive timely payments for completed work. Ideally, this should be squared away at the onset of taking on a client’s project; however, it’s also wise to get into the habit of running invoices on a set schedule. If you’re not ready to shell out for accounting software, start with an invoice maker that offers free online templates and generation. You can customize your invoices as needed, and then promptly send them on to customers.

Find a Balance Between Your Writing Career and Education

More people than ever are turning to freelancing as their career of choice. It can be challenging to balance your writing career and education, but the above tips—from investing in editing software to having an invoicing system—can help. 

Derek Goodman is an entrepreneur. He'd always wanted to make his own future, and he knew growing his own business was the only way to do that. He created his site, "Inbizability," ( to offer you tips, tricks, and resources so that you realize your business ability and potential now, not later. provides publishing services ranging from book cover design, to marketing, and even private tutoring. Contact us today for more info! (734) 975-0028 


 is calling for submissions from educators who are interested in writing articles on how to develop and improve students' English writing skills. Educators, from kindergarten to college, are invited to submit articles for the first issue scheduled for publication in early 2023.

Submissions should contain an abstract and article focusing on effective teaching methodologies for students in elementary, secondary, and college. The article should be detailed so that other educators can immediately implement the lessons in a classroom. Go HERE to view two sample journal articles. The deadline for article submissions is January 15, 2023.

The IJFTEWS is a peer-reviewed publication for people interested in teaching writing or participating in the unique art form of writing. Three issues of the journal will contain articles submitted by teachers who will share what lessons worked. The fourth issue will include poetry, short stories, and plays written by students and teachers. 

All works will be refereed by a diverse group of reviewers who are teaching English writing skills. The poems and short stories will be refereed by the editor-in-chief of the journal and the editor of the materials submitted to The MANA Sunriser, the blog of (MANA).

There will be four digital issues for $19.95 each year for individuals and $49.95 for schools, libraries, and other educational institutions. Also, $5 will be deducted from the subscription cost for every article submitted before December 31. You will receive a refund check from MANA.

MANA will donate 10 percent of IJTEWS subscription payments to help the Paralyzed Veterans of America, a veterans service organization based in Washington, D.C. 

The IJFTEWS is published by Robbie Dean Press, a traditional publisher of academic textbooks based in Ann Arbor, MI. Also, Robbie Dean Press is the parent company of

To purchase a subscription, visit

Submit your articles to: 
For more details about the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH WRITING SKILLS, contact Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott at 

How to Get Discovered: Tips for New and Rising Artists

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By Derek Goodman

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Whether you're a singer, painter, dancer, or author, getting your creative work out into the world can prove very challenging. You want others to be excited about your art. But how can people appreciate the work you do when they don't even know it exists? Treating your professional career like a business and employing tried-and-true marketing strategies will help you get your art in front of the right eyes so you can finally start growing your brand. Here are some tips to help you get started!

Connect With Marketing Professionals

Certain professionals and agencies can help you get your work in front of others and fast-track your route to success. You can remain an independent artist and still get help from people who have experience marketing creatives, both online and offline. For example, offers a variety of marketing services of self-published authors!

Market Yourself on Social Media

Social media offers robust opportunities for creatives to market themselves and connect with their target audience. Be sure to maintain active social media accounts for your brand and use these pages to share a behind-the-scenes peek at your creative process. You may also want to invest in paid social media ads to drive more traffic to your website. For example, Facebook advertising is great for targeting highly-specific audiences with your content. Take advantage of a free Facebook ads maker to create eye-catching content for your campaign. Simply choose a Facebook ad template you like and customize it with your own logo, fonts, colors, and other branding elements. 

Establish Yourself as a Business

While you might be just one person trying to get noticed in the art scene, it’s crucial that you treat your artistic venture as a business. Taking the perspective of a business owner will offer valuable financial benefits, growth potential, and increased motivation to achieve success.

Mailchimp explains that you will need to navigate a couple of steps as you establish yourself as a formal business. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll need to choose a business structure. Your business structure will determine your level of personal liability, how you pay taxes and other important details regarding your business flexibility. Research your business entity options. Once you’ve chosen the right structure for your art business, take advantage of online business formation services so you can file your formation documents without hiring a lawyer.

Set Up a Creative Space in Your Home

Creating a dedicated creative space in your home will make it easier to see your creative work as more of a business than a hobby. Plus, you’ll find it much easier to focus on your craft without the distractions of home life hovering around you. suggests repurposing outbuildings or unused space in your home, like a garage, basement, or guest bedroom, where you can set up your equipment and supplies. Just be sure to keep track of any updates you make to your home in the process. Should you sell your home in the future, these records will help your home appraiser secure a higher value for your home!

Join Artist Communities

Artist communities have a lot to offer up-and-coming creatives. These communities create space for artists to interact, share ideas, and promote each other. They’re an opportunity to network and find mentors. You might even come across someone who wants to fund your next project or work with you on collaborative work. At the very least, being part of an artist community will provide invaluable support as you get your business off the ground!

Trying to break into the creative industry takes a lot of hard work and determination. Treat your creative career as a business, learn how to promote yourself on social media, and connect with professionals and other artists for help getting eyes on your brand. Eventually, all of your hard work will pay off and you’ll finally get the recognition you’re looking for!

Derek Goodman is an entrepreneur. He'd always wanted to make his own future, and he knew growing his own business was the only way to do that. He created his site, "Inbizability," ( to offer you tips, tricks, and resources so that you realize your business ability and potential now, not later. 

Are you a self-published author? provides a range of publishing services including book cover design and marketing! Call 734-975-0028 today so we can discuss your needs.

MANA HIGHLIGHTS WINNING SHORT STORIES AND POEMS (MANA) is pleased to announce the winning entries of MANA HIGHLIGHTS for June and July. The winners receive a $25 VISA Gift Card. Then, the top winning entry will receive $100.

Go HERE to learn more about MANA HIGHLIGHTS and how to submit your short story or poem.






How did you find the energy,

Mom, to do all the things you did, 

To be a teacher, nurse, and counselor to me when I was a kid?

How did you do it all, Mom,

To be a cook and a friend,

Yet find time to be a playmate?

I just can’t comprehend.

I see now it was love 

That made you come whenever I called.

Your inexhaustible love, Mom,

And I thank you for it all.




As I took the call, my father’s deep baritone voice hit my ears with the same controlling effect it has had for years: “You must have something to fall back upon. What are you going to do if things go wrong?”

Ever since I was a child, I had seen him be like this. He has always tried to use pain as leverage to push me into doing something good in my life, and that has been his modus operandi.

There are two ways you can motivate someone. You can either use pain or you can use pleasure. With the kind of life he had lived, and the experiences that he had had in his life, he thought pain would work better.

If I have a safety net, am I truly going to be able to jump across the abyss onto the other side knowing that if I fall, I’ll be safe? I don’t need that safety net. In fact, that safety net is going to be a disadvantage. I wanted to have so much fear of whatever it is. So much passion, so much aggression, so much frustration; just that drive to be able to make it to the other side because if I don’t, I die. 

There is no second chance. I have to do it, one way or the other. I don’t want a safety net. In fact, if you give me a safety net, I will tear it bloody apart. I want to know if I have it in me. I want to know if I will be able to fly. I will not be able to fly if you are going to weaken me with a safety net.

“Son, you there?” his voice punctuated my chain of thoughts.

“Yes Dad, I am here.”

“What have you decided then?”

“Okay Dad, I will take the job.”

What my father never realized and probably never will is that having a backup option every time was a disadvantage in itself. How was I supposed to give it my all, knowing that even if things did not work out, I would still have something else to fall back upon?

The adrenaline rush that usually makes any endeavor worth the effort is not something I could explain to him. But I knew that it was something mandatory for me to feel satisfied.

"How To Navigate the Cacophony of Challenges That Comes With A Business Relocation" By Christopher Haymon

Editor's Note: The COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, high gas prices, and other issues in society led to ask its audience "How are they coping during these challenging times?" 

Christopher Haymon has written an article on how challenging it is to relocate a small business, and what small businesses can do to minimize disruptions during the move. 

A marketing manager by day, Christopher Haymon created the Adulting Digest blog to use his financial knowledge to help others learn to conquer debt and reach for financial freedom. 

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Small businesses tend to relocate more often than larger enterprises. And whether you're upgrading your office space, moving to a better spot in town, or relocating for any other reason, it's crucial to prepare diligently beforehand and make smart decisions throughout the process. 

Relocating can be challenging for smaller companies because there are many logistics involved, not to mention endless interruptions. Maintaining productivity and moving your team toward its goals must be a priority during the transition There is a way to plan and execute a business move that minimizes downtime, profit loss, and client problems. 

Modify Your Legal Structure

When moving your company to a new state, you'll need to adjust your legal structure. Each state issues different rules and regulations for establishing a corporation, so you'll need to ensure you and your team understand the necessary steps for establishing your business entity the right way. 

Also, consider hiring an online service to take care of your formation. Search "start corporation" to connect with top-notch, affordable services. 

Make A Detailed Plan 

The ultimate goal of any business relocation is to transition seamlessly without losing any productivity or profit. Doing so requires you to develop a detailed plan for every possible task and scenario.

Make sure there is a timeline for when everything will take place and a guide for how you will accomplish each task. Also, do your research and estimate the costs of the move to create a reliable budget.

You'll also want to determine which team members will be responsible for which duties. Delegate tasks according to each employee's skills and availability, and put the plan on paper.