Thursday, August 30, 2012

Write Place, Write Time: Lee Woodruff

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Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant, has this hanging in her office where she writes her novels. Many writers find comfortable places either at home, at a cottage or even in public places to work on their manuscripts.

Some writers find that the best place to write is a place with little to no distractions: no mobile phones, no loud talking, no television. This might be a hard place to find, particularly for writers who cannot afford to get away to a cottage or office. No matter where you are, though, you can easily turn off your mobile and television. 

Writing requires intense concentration at times. Having a comfortable place in which you are familiar can start the creative juices to flowing. Soon, you are absorbed in your work, momentarily forgetting about everything else.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Attention Marketing Students: Winter Internships Available from MANA (MANA) is now accepting applications for winter internships from college or university marketing students. MANA's internships will allow students to put into practice what they learn in the classroom. 

Interns will be responsible for marketing MANA publications, self-publishing and marketing plans. For every book, self-publishing or marketing plan sold, interns will receive 20% of the sale. This is the only payment the intern will receive. There is potential for well-motivated interns to receive lucrative benefits from selling products or services offered on MANA's web site. 

The internship will begin for the Winter semester 2013 and end June 30, 2013.

If interested, submit a resume, writing sample, and a professor's recommendation to

Monday, August 13, 2012


If you are a college faculty author and have quality manuscripts that you want to provide to your students, then you may want to consider using the services of Robbie Dean Press, L.L.C.

Robbie Dean Press (RDP) is a traditional publishing company that has provided services to faculty authors since 1991. RDP is also the parent company of 

From fiction to text books, RDP has established itself as the publishing company that focuses on works that appeal to very important, but small audiences. 

Want more information? Visit Robbie Dean Press' web site at:

Teaching Your Child Honor Through the Alphabet

Watch the TV news or read a newspaper on any given day and you are almost guaranteed to find examples of scandals and unethical behavior in any profession. 

Parents who want to teach their adolescent or teen-age children about values and honesty can take these stories and turn them into teaching opportunities. For younger children, however, parents may want to consider something more age-appropriate, such as the  book, Alphabet of Honor by Ann Warkentin.

This book, available through MANA, can serve as a catalyst for key discussions in families as well as in the classroom. Alphabet of Honor encourages discussion to help parents and teachers instill a child's development of ethics, a clear sense of right and wrong and a sense of honor. Warkentin does this in a unique way: By using the letters of the alphabet.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Need a Writing Resource? Consider Process & Voice in the Writing Workshop

Writers have plenty of questions before they begin a writing project:  "How do I get started?" "How do I convey this action to the reader?" "How do I describe a character?"

While most writers know what they want to write about, knowing how to write it is a different story. The anxiety over starting a manuscript can be paralyzing. And, if you're paralyzed in your thinking, the thoughts on how to develop your story will not flow. 

If this sounds like something you've experienced as a writer, you may want to take a moment to read Gregory Shafer's book, Process & Voice in the Writing Workshop. 

Shafer, an English professor, initially wrote this book to help his students who were overwhelmed with books and instruction on the writing process. What Shafer shares is solid advice that is beneficial to all writers. 

Shafer starts by giving a few suggestions to "awaken the writer" before the process begins:

Saturday, August 4, 2012

MANA has a Business Opportunity for you: Become a MANA Franchisee

If you are one of the many people looking for new business opportunities to help supplement your income, why not think outside the box. (MANA) offers an opportunity to become a franchisee of MANA, a company that provides publishing, marketing and distribution services to authors and companies representing authors. 

MANA franchisees can earn:

*40% royalty for any book sold that is on the MANA site

*30% royalty for any self-publishing or marketing contract

*$250 bonus for every set of five (5) self-publishing plans

A MANA franchisee can sell any service or book that's on MANA's website. MANA's staff takes care of shipping and handling and any other communication. MANA will also take care of self-publishing and marketing plans. If a franchisee has a web site, MANA will set up a link to that site.

MANA's franchise fee is $2,500 for the first (1st) year. Renewal fee for the consecutive years is $1,500 per year. 

So consider becoming a MANA franchisee.  MANA is offering a 25% sale off the franchise fee until November 25, 2012.

Interested? Contact MANA at