Thursday, August 8, 2019


On August 5, one of the first African-American women to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison passed yesterday.  Let the Staff of MANA and its owner wish to celebrate a writer who gave so much to so many.

As a college professor, the owner of MANA has enjoyed teaching Morrison's Song of Solomon. The reactions by her students, the writings shared about the work, and the energy this work brought to the class discussions were unforgettable.

Toni Morrison will be remembered and appreciated for all she has shared.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Express Your Opinion on MANA's Opinion Page

Are you a writer or artist with an opinion about anything occurring in your local community, the national community, or the international community? 

If so, (MANA) is offering you the chance to share your opinion through:

• A poem (no more than 150 words)
• A short story (no more than 300 words)
• A drawing

This is a great opportunity for new writers or artists to share their skills—and express their opinion—through their creativity.

MANA is committed to making it possible for talented writers and artists to display their work at no cost to you. Send your work as a pdf file or a Word file of your poem or short story via email to (MANA) has the right to reject submissions that do not reflect the quality that MANA represents.

Go HERE to check out MANA's Opinion Page. 

Friday, August 2, 2019

It's Story Time, Again!

Welcome to another Story Time featuring excerpts from books by MANA authors.

This time there will be one new work and one that will be continued from last month.

The new excerpt is from a work by T. Patrick Devlin, Dancer & Other Tattered Threads of PTSD Lives.

This publication is a collection of fictional short stories illustrating how PTSD affects not only the individual experiencing this psychological challenge but how it affects those who care for and love the individual. 

This excerpt is from the short story in the collection entitled "Dancer." For people who may have difficulty understanding why someone they love act and react in certain ways, this work is an excellent entry into the why of PTSD.

Check out a review of the book in a previous blog post by going HERE. 

To preview Dancer & Other Tattered Threads of PTSD Lives, click on the title. 

Now enjoy an excerpt from "Dancer."

Our previous Story Time featured an excerpt from the book, V is for Vegetable by Heather Sisto. In that post, we covered letters A-G. Listen to the excerpt HERE. 

Now, we continue with letters H-M. We hope you and your young ones enjoy this delightful work.

To preview V is for Vegetable, visit the book's webpage HERE

We will continue both of these reading next month. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

New MANA Book Release: 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 has 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. In one of her inspiring poems, she applies the title of "Queen" to a grand piano:

The Grand Piano Queen

The grand piano queen I am
The grand piano sits still in a corner ready to be played by a queen 
Indeed, she is a lady.
She stands tall with pride while wearing her crown
A smile spreads across her face
Stars dazzle in her eyes
She carries a lilac flower 
The grand piano is black like the night
She plays for hours.

In Let Autistics Be Free!, Rutz celebrates the freedom from those who would want to control people with autism:

There are many control freaks
Discriminating against me.
Against getting married,
Against medical weed,
Let autistics be free. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Have Questions About Self-Publishing? Get Answers From MANA's Latest Podcast

Welcome to MANA's podcast where we answer your questions about becoming self-published. 

Are you thinking of becoming a self-published author, but have some reservations? 

Should you edit and proofread your own manuscript or pay a professional to do it?

What about your book cover design? Do you need a designer or should you design it yourself?

Last, but not least, where do you go to find out about a self-publishing company? And, what about the "extras" a company offers? 

To find answers to these and other questions, check out "The Info Podcast for Writers Who Want to Become Published" presented by Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott, owner of and Robbie Dean Press. 

Listen to the podcast here:

If you have more questions, feel free to contact MANA at

Thank you! We appreciate your interest.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

We Have Questions That Only You Can Answer!

What are your preferences when it comes to self-publishing your manuscript?

Do you prefer having one book printed per order (print-on-demand) or multiple books printed at one time (mass-production printing)? 

Do you plan to market your book yourself or do you want help?

These and other questions are what we are hoping you will answer for us. For those of you who don’t know us, we are (MANA) and we provide self-publishing, marketing, and distribution services to authors and companies representing authors. 

So that we can get a better idea of what authors want and provide customers with a better experience, we are asking for your feedback on how a self-publishing company in general, and MANA in particular, can best serve you. 

MANA will use feedback to improve our company to provide the best service possible. 

We are hoping that you will take about 10 minutes to answer questions about your self-publishing preferences when it comes to printing methods, costs, and other issues.

We are not asking you for your name, email address or any personal information. All we want you to do is respond to the questions.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Yes, most entrepreneurs are using different social media sources. Many times Google does not pick up your advertising. Yet, Google does note MANA's entrepreneurs' web pages. Also, MANA can provide data to you regarding how many are viewing your web page. This information can help you determine how to use these views for the marketing of your product/s.

Also, MANA will promote your company on its social media and MANA HARVESTER.


Saturday, June 29, 2019

It's Story Time!

Once a month, MANA will offer "Story Time" to highlight two books from its list of publications from its site. 

The storytime includes audio excerpts from the books available for purchase on MANA's website.

V is for Vegetable by Heather Sisto. Are your children learning the alphabet? Well, this book not only teaches them the alphabet but also about healthy vegetables. 

The book goes through every letter of the alphabet and provides a photo image for each vegetable. 

Go HERE to listen to the letters A through G.

Visit the webpage for V is for Vegetable HERE.

The Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: The Unsung Hero by Russ Grimes.

This work is for those who are older and those who are "young-at-heart." The main character, Randy Grames is a different kind of superhero: He's a middle-aged man who uses his special powers to save America! And, he also knows how to fly!

Go HERE to listen to an excerpt from the book.

Visit the book's webpage HERE.

Russ Grimes has also written the initial book, Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man. Read the first two chapters of this book on our blog, "The MANA Sunriser."