Interested In Self-Publishing Your Book? MANA Can Help!

Do you need help turning your finished manuscript into a self-published book? (MANA) can help. 

Do you need a cover created for your book? MANA can help. 

Do you need marketing services? MANA can help.

If you want to learn more about the services MANA provides, watch this video featuring MANA's owner, Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott: 

Whatever you need as a writer, MANA has it for you. MANA can help you get your book into the hands of many people to enjoy. 

Welcome to MANA!

Have questions? Contact MANA via email: or call: 734-975-0028.

MANA Salutes Our Veterans With Reading Of "A Bugle Calls"

"I am a poet by life experience and Army Officer by trade."

U.S. Army Captain Adrian Massey wrote on his blog during his second tour in Iraq. 

While in Iraq, Captain Massey created his blog to share life “as I know it” in Baghdad: “The good, the bad, and the ugly.” 

Veterans and service members who are authors have stories to tell and they tell them in their own special way, whether at home or on active duty. (MANA) wants to express its gratitude to our veterans. 


Captain Massey (Ret.) ultimately penned a book of poetry titled, A Soldier’s Poetic Response: A Slice of His Lifewhich features the poem, “The Bugle Calls” in tribute to those who gave their lives for our country. 

Listen to recitations from the book, including"The Bugle Calls:"

In some instances, authors, like T. Patrick Devlin, who are not veterans, write convincingly about war, the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life, and problems veterans face with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

Get Creative And Save With MANA's Barter and Buy Holiday Offer

Attention all writers and book lovers! (MANA) has a creative way for you to:

1. Get a discount on books. 

2. Potentially have your short story or poetry published.

3. Help MANA continue its commitment to encourage aspiring writers and donate to charity.

How? Through MANA's "Barter and Buy" holiday offer. 

Through Barter and Buy, writers will have a chance to display their writing skills and get a discount off the list price of books on MANA’s website. 

How Barter and Buy Works

1. All books that are $14.99 or more on MANA's website:

The Barter: Submit a short story of 200 to 500 words. The genre can be of your own choice (please, no erotica).

Buy: Get $5.00 off the price of the book of your choice. You will receive a $5.00 check immediately with the shipment of your book. 

Submit your short story to: Place in the Subject area: Short Story.

2. All books that are less than $14.99 on MANA's website:

The Barter: Submit a short story of 200 to 500 words. The genre can be of your own choice (please, no erotica).

Buy: Get $2.00 off the price of the book of your choice. You will receive a $2.00 check immediately with the shipment of your book. 

Submit your short story to: Place in the Subject area: Short Story.

If you want to purchase more than one book, the discount will be applied to each purchase.

Some of the submitted short stories will be posted on this blog, The MANA Sunriser. 

The submission of a short story is understood as your permission to post the story on the blog, should MANA choose to post it. 

No Short Story? No Problem

If you’re solely a book lover and choose not to write a short story, that’s fine. You can still order from the wide selection of books by MANA authors. 

For every book purchase made during this holiday season—regardless of whether you write a short story—MANA will donate 10 percent of the total sale to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, MANA’s designated charity this year.  

To check out the books available from MANA, visit MANA’s website at

Questions? Contact MANA at or 734-975-0028.

MANA's Holiday Offer On DR C Consultant Services By Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott (aka DR C)

Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott aka DR C

Some people may wonder what's the big deal about writing? If you are a student, businessperson, author, or a wordsmith, for instance, writing matters. 

A well-written essay is an important factor in the college admissions process. A well-written academic paper may lead to a good grade in a college course. A well-written dissertation can contribute to earning the highest degree in a particular field. 

Whatever your reason for writing, keep in mind that there is a need to write well in order to acquire the respect and admiration of your readers. Writing well, however, takes practice. And, you may need help to do it correctly. Not surprisingly, even award-winning writers ask editors and writing consultants for assistance. 

If you are a parent of a high school student who needs help with a college admissions essay or if you are a non-traditional student (someone in their 30s and older) and preparing to go to college, I can help. Visit my website, DRCConsultant.comto learn more about me.

Having been a college English Literature and Composition professor for over forty (40) years, I understand the apprehension of traditional and non-traditional students have when it comes to writing. 

Need A Press Release To Announce Your Book? MANA Can Help

How do some authors get invited as guests on podcasts, TV, or radio shows, and snag interviews with print journalists or bloggers? More than likely the authors or their literary representatives sent a press release to the various media outlets. 

Press releases are crucial marketing tools for authors who want more exposure for their books. Generally, a press release allows authors to provide details about their book in a concise manner without revealing too much information before talking in-depth with the media. 

In addition, press releases contain basic information, such as:

1. An overview of the book's topic.

2. The author's biography. 

3. Book publishing information, such as the name of the book publisher.

4. Cost of the book and where the book is available for purchase.

5. Contact information for the author. 

What The News Media Look For In Press Releases 

Journalists and talk show hosts are usually inundated with press releases. So, what type of press releases will grab their attention? Critical components in a press release that may make journalists take a second look include:

1. An engaging lead paragraph that succinctly provides an overview of the book's topic. 

2. What makes the book unique? In other words, how is this book different from other books in the same genre?

3. The significance of the book to readers. In other words, what are the "takeaways" of the book?

Generally, members of the media are impressed with books that have a purpose that's bigger than the author. Rather than reading a press release that simply says, "I wrote a book and it's all about me," members of the media are more impressed with authors who "I wrote a book that I am hoping will help others."

A book—regardless of whether it is fiction or nonfiction—may contain messages to help readers who have been abused or bullied, going through an illness or a breakup in a relationship. For instance, the fictional Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling continues to resonate with readers because of its well-developed and beloved characters, the storytelling, and life lessons that permeate each book, just to name a few of the features that readers appreciate. 

At first glance, writing a press release seems easy. But, writing a press release is not as simple as it seems.

MANA Offers Press Release Writing Services 

Are you an author in need of a professionally developed press release? If so, MANA can help. As part of MANA's Special Holiday Offers, you can receive $25 off MANA's regular price of $175 for a press release. Just add the service to the cart on the page and MANA will send you a $25 refund check within 24 hours. 

Go here to MANA's Press Release page to make your purchase. Then, send the details of your press release to MANA via email at: MANA will contact you upon receipt of your email. Questions? Contact MANA at 734-975-0028.

A Q&A With F.P. LaRue, Author of "The Curse of Shadow Park" (MANA) welcomes F. P. LaRue to the MANA Family of Authors. LaRue has also authored adult non-fiction books, Stalking: Surviving the Hidden Terror and co-authored Discover You Inner Strength.

When not writing, LaRue loves to travel, having visited all 50 U.S. states and 53 countries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, LaRue took to writing again. She loves scary stories and hopes her stories encourage children to discover the wondrous adventures reading can matter what age.

The Curse of Shadow Park is LaRue's latest book, 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!

MANA: What inspired you to write your book?
F. P. LaRue (FPL): I've always been an avid reader. I find reading fun. I enjoy adventure, scary stories, and horror stories. I thought it would be fun to create and tell my own scary story.

MANA: Is this your first book? If not, what other books have you published?
FPL: This is not my first book. I wrote a non-fiction book, Stalking: Surviving the Hidden Terror, and co-authored another non-fiction book, Discover Your Inner Strength, both for the adult market.

MANA: At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to write?
FPL: I've always wanted to write, even as a child. When I was a child and read scary books, I always wanted to be able to write them myself. It just took a while for me to actually sit down and do it.

MANA: When and where do you write?
FPL: When: I like to write whenever I get a chance; when I'm feeling inspired. Where: I like to write in my home office that I have set up to be open, relaxing, with few distractions.

MANA: For what age group is this book for?
FPL: This book was written for children from ages 7-8 to young teens, but I have had older people, even adults, tell me it is a fun read.

The Curse of Shadow Park Book Teaser 

Introducing the Poetry of Rachel Germain

Disorientation of Disembarking

Fearful that with my unusual absence,
all your ongoing accusations and doubts will be
confirmed. But also more fearfully aware that if i never take a risk,
I forfeit any possible lessons being learned...

Exasperating every other option I've managed to conjure up, 
From daily desperate pleas for your attention to
completely driving you crazy.
With everything crumbling around me
And each passing day our future together becoming
a little more hazy. 

i'm forced to step out of my element,
and take each moment one by one...
Holding my breath, drowning in repeated rejections
Asking questions that may never be answered,
Looking to God for the final outcome. 

If you never miss me, can you ever value my worth?
Or will I ever find again what i allowed you to make
me lose?
I can't remember what was important before you
and i no longer know who i am
It's constant fight or flight with all the non stop
mental abuse.

MANA's Holiday Offers Feature Document Layout , Editing, And Book Cover Design

Publishing a book goes beyond writing your manuscript. The next step in the process is to edit and proofread your manuscript, lay out your book, design an eye-catching book cover, and top it off with an author's website. 

If these are steps that you have never taken before, it can get pretty frustrating. Don't be surprised if it takes several tries before you can produce satisfactory results. 

A well-designed book is important to readers. Not only must this work be done, but it has to be done well or else it will remain on a bookstore's shelf or on a PDF file waiting for someone to order it on demand. This means that you won't be able to sell many—if any—copies of your book. 

The same goes for creating a unique book cover. It's true that we all 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. 

If you are not sure how to lay out a book, design a book cover, or set up a website, or if you need editing services, then (MANA) can help. 

As part of its "gifts" to customers during the holiday season, MANA has a special offer on document layout and book cover design from now through December 31, 2021. 

Meet Nick Christopher: Time Traveler

With help from his life-long friend, Paul Roberts, a renowned scientist, Nick Christopher travels back in time to the years before his birth, so he can talk to his mother and change her future. 

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’s mission is to change the course of his family, but is he trying to play God in the process? Check out the video for the book, Nick Christopher: Time Traveler.

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).