Saturday, February 16, 2019

Black History Month Tribute: MANA's Owner Dr. Fairy C. Hayes-Scott Reflects On Dr. Martin Luther King

This post was originally published in the February 2018 issue of The MANA Sunset Newsletter. Click HERE to view the newsletter. 

Dr, Fairy C. Hayes-Scott
On Sunday, June 23, 1963, my mother and I were a part of a march of over 200,000 in Detroit, MI (some want to say much less; however, I was there. I know it was probably even larger). 

The enthusiasm and spirit of love were infectious. And when my mother and I entered Cobo Hall, I felt so very important to be part of this Detroit March to Freedom. 

Yes, there were some important people in the community who made speeches. However, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the speaker we came to hear.  

In Cobo Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. first presented his famous “I Have A Dream Speech.” Many years later I learned that Detroit was where he tested his speech. 

Oh my, hearing this man use metaphors, similes, and allusions with such skill was something I shall never forget. However, most importantly, I heard a man preach love and urged us to make a concentrated mission to improve the world in which we lived. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

RDP/MANA Owner Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott to Present at College English Association Conference in New Orleans

Dr. Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, a professor of English Composition and Literature at Mott Community College in Flint, MI, will make a presentation at the College English Association's 50th Annual Conference in New Orleans. 

The conference will be held from March 28-30, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter. On March 28, Dr. Hayes-Scott will be a part of the program: "Attrition in Community College English Composition Courses: Online and On-Campus and Creative Writing Courses—Using Quantitative Predictors and Qualitative Methodologies."

The College English Association is a professional organization of scholar-teachers who teach undergraduate and graduate students. The conference will feature topics relating to vision and revision in texts, discipline, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy.

Dr. Hayes-Scott was named 2018 Influential Woman of the Year by the MCC Chapter of the American Association for Women in Comunity Colleges. She has written five books, including Bare Essentials: An English Handbook for Beginner Writers, 18th ed., and has a blog titled, "Dr. C's Writer Sunrise."

Dr. Hayes-Scott is the owner of Robbie Dean Press, a traditional publishing company, and its subsidiary, Additionally, she is a language and writing consultant who owns, "Dr. C Consultant Services."

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Show Your Love This Month by Giving A Gift That Will Last Forever!

Do you want to express your love in a very special way this month? 

If so, why so, why not publish your loved one's photographs, artwork, poems, or short stories? 

What a surprise this would be to your child, grandchild, grandparent, mom, or dad.

Imagine presenting a new publication to them at the next family reunion, anniversary celebration, or birthday party.

What better way to show your love by taking advantage of's (MANA) very special Valentine's Day/Month of Love publishing offer?

At an affordable cost, you can make a full payment, half payment, or monthly payments for one year. 

How it Works

• The work should be no more than 30,000 words.

• Send your loved one's work on a Microsoft Word file. 

• Cost: 

   Full payment $1,400 (the Valentine's Day date of Feb. 14 is the inspiration for the cost)
   One-half down: $700
   Monthly payment for one (1) year: $120

• Deadline: February 28

Gems for the Body and Soul Bonus Offer 

Register for this Valentine's Month special, and take 50 percent off the price of one of the Gems for the Body and Soul. Get one-half off of a necklace, ring, or jewelry set designed by Kayla Laird of Queen Netzo. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

MANA's 2019 Designated Charity: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor

Ronald McDonald House of Charities
Photo Courtesy of (MANA) and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press (RDP), have supported different charitable organizations over the past several years. MANA has selected Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor (RMHCAA) as its designated charity for 2019. 

RMHCAA is an independent non-profit organization that houses families of children receiving medical treatment at CS Mott Children's Hospital on the campus of the University of Michigan Hospital. 

RMHCAA's Main House hosts 29 families per night. The families stay from one or two days to several months. The Mott House hosts 12 families per night and families of the most critically ill children stay from one to two days. RMHCAA opened in 1985 and has served over 25,000 families. According to RMHCAA, 80 percent of the House's operating budget comes from donations. 

MANA will make donations to RMHCAA from different projects it sponsors throughout the year. For instance, MANA is calling for Michigan residents to submit works for publication in its book titled, The Best of Michigan Short Story Writers and Poets. MANA will donate 10 percent for every book purchased to RMHCAA.

We are anticipating 2019 to be a banner year for MANA and RDP. So, we look forward to supporting RMHCAA. 

To learn more about RMHCAA, go HERE.

To contribute your short stories or poems to The Best of Michigan Short Story Writers and Poets, click HERE

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New Year's Greeting From MANA Editor Holly Taylor

An Editor's SImple Wish for Writers 
By Holly Taylor,
Editor, The MANA Sunset Newsletter for Writers

These are my simple wishes for all of you this new year:

May your characters be fleshed-out, 
May your stories have arcs,
May your meanings have heart, 
May your sentences provide solace,
May your lives have love, 
May your days brim with joy, 
May your nights bring peace,
May the words of a story never linger too long in your mouth. 

Holly Taylor is editor of's (MANA) newsletter, The MANA Sunset Newsletter for Writers. To check out past issues of MANA's newsletters, click HERE.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

MANA Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Photo by Yousuf Karsh, Dec 23, 1908 - July 13, 2002 | Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America

A man constantly on the move, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was most often photographed in action by those covering the events of the civil-rights movement. 

This likeness by renowned portraitist, Yousuf Karsh is a different kind of image—a formal portrait that utilizes pose and lighting rather than environment to identify King as a leader and a visionary. 

Karsh made the photograph in August 1962, when King returned to Atlanta following the prolonged and dispiriting struggle for desegregation in Albany, Georgia. With very little time to work, Karsh photographed his subject in the only space available—a corner of King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

Recalling the circumstances of that sitting, Karsh noted, "Nowhere could [King] relax when constantly beset by friends and aides wishing him well, commiserating on his difficulties, congratulating him on his return, and planning new strategy."

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

MANA's Call for Michigan Poets and Short Story Writers!

Map of Michigan (MANA), an Ann Arbor-based publishing company, wants to highlight the creative and talented writers in the state of Michigan. 

This is the first time in MANA’s 17-year history of providing this kind of opportunity specifically for Michigan writers to have their work published in a book at a minimal cost. We understand that some writers may not have enough material or funds to publish a book. Yet, they may have written poems or short stories that others—besides their family members and friends—should have the opportunity to read. 

MANA wants to provide an affordable gateway for authors in our home state to have their work published in a book titled, The Best of Michigan Short Story Writers and Poets.

Rules for Submission

• No more than five (5) submissions of poetry or short stories by a 
• Michigan resident in any of the 83 Michigan counties; 
• All submissions must be a Word file;
• Each short story should be no more than 500 words;
• Each poem should be no more than 250 words.

Send your submissions via email to: 

Subject Heading: Best of MI Short Story Writers and Poets
Deadline for all submissions: 11:59 PM, February 20, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

Listen to an Audio Clip of the Book: "Through The Storms Again" by MANA Author Martha Freudigman

Through The Storms Again—The Sequel: A Mini-Murder Mystery by Martha Freudigman, picks up where the first book, Through The Storms left off. 

Two murderers, who escape from law enforcement, and their henchmen terrorize the citizens of the small town of Lincoln. The close-knit community, however, rises to the challenge of these revengeful escapees and other criminals. 

Listen to an excerpt from:

Through The Storms Again—The Sequel: A Mini-Murder Mystery

Go HERE to read a Q-and-A with the author, Martha Freudigman.

Visit the book's webpage: