Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Children's Book on Angels

Young children have a curious mind and sometimes they ask us questions that we really have to think long and hard about before we give them an answer.

One topic youngsters often focus on is angels. "Who are they?" they ask. "Are they with us now?" At times, children will say they actually have seen angels and talked to them.

If you have a child or a grandchild who is captivated by angels, then you will want to read, Soar with the Angels: A Children's Book, by Cecilia R. Telles.

By using questions and answers, Telles explores the topic of angels in a way that children would understand. For instance, in answering the question, "What do angels look like?" Telles writes:

Angels are pure spirits. They have no bodies. Sometimes, God allows them to be seen, and they come to earth to help you. God will allow them to turn into any form in order to help you.

Another question the book answers is: "Are angels smart?" Telles writes:
An angel's intelligence is much greater than ours. Since angels are so close to God, they are filled with His divine light, His knowledge, and His wisdom. With a single look, angels can clearly understand everything.
Adults will also enjoy this charming book, with its colorful illustrations of the celestial beings and insightful answers that should satisfy young minds. 

For more information or to preview 
Soar with the Angels: A Children's Book on MANA's website, click HERE.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

It's The Details, Writers!

Look. Follow. Touch. Listen.

These are the techniques writer and editor Alan Rinzler shares for creating effective details in a story. If you're working on a manuscript, you will want to read his blog post. Click on this title to read the post, It's the details, writers!

MANA wants to help new authors in their writing process. Was this article helpful to you? Take a moment to let us know!

MANA's Best Books in Spanish (Libros en Espanol)

These books are also available in English. To find out more about the books, click on the titles.

Los 13 Linajes Satánicos: Causa de muchas desgracias humanas (Worldwide Evils and Misery: The Legacy of the 13 Satanic Bloodlines) by Robin De Ruiter and Fritz A. SpringmeirWe are raised by tradition to trust our governments and we are convinced that they care about us. To believe this is a big mistake. For those who believe there were more than just a few who were behind 9/11, this is a book work reading. For those who believe conspiracies exist and want to read a well-researched piece, this is the book!

Adolescentes: Cómo pueden liberar su poder personal   (Teenagers: Unlocking Personal Power) by Midge Patzer. The teenage years are a powerful and complex time. The author offers insights into the particular complexities of the teen years. This book is especially helpful for parents looking to create better communication and stronger bonds with their teen-aged children.

Sembrando Hogueras (Seeding Bonfires) by David González. The book is a collection of poems that explore the realities of the world. Some realities that are harsh, however, must be exposed. There is an inner wall within this poet, and he has the ability to let his readers experience the "is" of that wall.


 Adiós Tercer Mundo: El precio por enamorarse de un "Príncipe Azul" del "Primer Mundo" (Goodbye Third World: The Price For Falling in Love With a "Blue Prince" of the "First World") by Andrea Viveros and Mildred Troconis. This book is a collection the well-known series of Youtube videos created by the authors. The writers of this book discuss their experiences of adapting to living in the Netherlands, their experiences may relate to the syndrome of being a foreigner in the First World. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

THE MANA SUNSET newsletter debuts in October (MANA) would like to introduce its newest publication: THE MANA SUNSET newletter. The free newsletter for writers will come out six times a year beginning in October 2012.

Writers will be able to ask questions on all facets of writing. MANA staff and authors on the MANA site will answer those questions. There will also be different sections on novels, short stories or poetry and articles highlighting various authors.

New authors will be able to advertise their work in the newsletter. If you or someone you know has published a book, you can purchase an ad to promote your work. Your ad only needs to have a brief description about your book's content (a maximum 50 words), a JPEG graphic of the cover, and the URL link to your book's web site or blog.

In each issue, THE MANA SUNSET will highlight a sponsored book's author in an article.

Individuals who have a product or service that will benefit writers can also purchase an ad.

The cost of the ads are $25 per issue; $65 for three issues; and $120 for all six issues.

To purchase an ad or to find out more information about THE MANA SUNSET newsletter, email MANA for details at

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The MANA Sunrise Writing Contest is sponsoring a very special writers' contest. The MANA Sunrise Writers' Contest will award the author of the best submitted prose, fiction or non-fiction.

First Prize:  MANA awards $500 and free publication and marketing (for two years) of manuscript. This includes e-Book format and perfect bound—soft cover format, and four-color front and back covers. Limited color for inside of the work.

Second Prize:  MANA awards $250 and free publication and marketing (for two years) of manuscript in e-Book format only. No limitation of color for inside of the work.

Third Prize:  MANA awards $150 and free marketing (for two years) after the work is published by any publisher of your choice.

Directions and Regulations:

Submission: PDF or Microsoft Word only (if by electronic file) or submit typed, double-spaced (if by mail). Every submission must be 2/3 completed.

Any submission by a minor (under the age of 18), MANA needs the notarized signature of a parent or guardian.

Word Limit:  75,000

Where to Submit:  Email us at:

If you prefer to mail your manuscript and check to MANA, make the check out to: and mail to: 2910 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI  48108.

Entry Fee: $50 per submission. MANA accepts most credit cards and electronic checks.

Where to Pay the Fee: Go to the contest page on's website to input the fee:


For any more details, MANA invites you or your friends to contact its staff at: OR call at 734-975-0028.

Do you really want the opportunity to become published? This is your opportunity! Take advantage of it—soon!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


As another way to celebrate its 10th year serving customers throughout the US and the world, (MANA) is sponsoring a contest that will encourage writers who have a passion for verse.

MANA is seeking a collection of works that will be published, marketed, and designated as “The 2013 MANA Passion for Poetry Collected Works Winner.”

There will be only ONE winner.

This will be the first of an annual contest for poets who feel their work best illustrates their passion for poetry and know their poetry would deserve to be honored and showcased. This publication will have a four-color cover and will be marketed throughout 2013 in various brochures, newsletters, and any other appro- priate venue to highlight the winner’s talent with and passion for verse. This book of collected poems will make its debut January 25, 2013. The winning poet will receive the following:

1) $350.00
2) publication of collected works as a book for free as a soft-cover perfect-bound and as an E-Book
3) marketing of book for free for two years

For more details, go to

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Book Cover Design Part 2

In the previous post, we mentioned the key factors to consider about book cover designs. In this post, we want to show examples of book covers and how they relate to the content within the book.

Becoming Me Again: A Workbook for Sexually-Abused Kids and Teens by Sharon Ridella-Mehlos, Ph.D. This non-fiction book covers the different types of sexual abuse experienced by children and teenagers. Notice how the artwork projects the book's goal: To help children and teenagers recover from abuse. The yellow sun-lit background represents a new day; the fluttering butterfly and the pose of the figure represents the feeling of freedom.

 Community College English Composition Online Students: Keeping Them Plugged In by Fairy C.  Hayes-Scott, Ph.D. This textbook for college professors addresses the problem of attrition among students who take online English courses. A photograph of a lap top computer (notice on the monitor, the student sitting on the bench) works well on the cover since the book is entirely about students taking online English courses.

Where is Adam? Understanding a Father's Role by Jeff Wheeler. This book deals with a father's role in his family and the call for men to take their rightful place in the home. Notice the illustration summarizes the book's content and the title by placing footprints throughout different sections of the United States in search for "Adam," or a father.
Charlie: The Dog Who Lived The Dream by Charmaine Strangl. In this book aimed at youngsters, Charlie's dream of helping people becomes a reality. His actions also motivate people to care and help others. By using a bubble on this colorful cover, the illustrator shows Charlie having a dream of helping people. 

To Market, To Market by Ivy Higgins. The bold, vivid colors and figures of people walking down the road, presumably to the market, depict the small Jamaican village where the main character, Calvin-Joe lives and where much of the story takes place.

If you need help with your book cover design, contact MANA and let us know how we can help you. All books in this post are available to order from MANA. If interested, just click on the title.

Book Cover Design: A Key Factor in the Self-Publishing Process

When writers set out to publish their manuscripts, designing a book cover is typically not on their to-do list. Once the manuscript is completed, writers breathe a sign of relief, thinking that all of the work that goes into self-publishing a book is all done. What writers do not realize is that the cover of their book is just as important as the content of their book. 

A book cover displays in images and text, what a book is all about. A well-designed front cover can capture readers' attention and motivate them to purchase the book. A well-written back cover, that includes a brief biography, tells the reader who you are and provides a synopsis of your book. 

If you are considering self-publishing a book, here are a few factors to consider about book cover designs: