Thursday, November 29, 2012

6 Questions To Answer Before Meeting Your National Novel Writing Month Deadline

It's only a matter of hours now before those of you who are writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month will upload your 50,000-word manuscript and claim your certificate of completion. 

Before you place the period at the end of your last sentence, take a few moments to answer these questions: 

• Did you get your point across? Writers are often so busy working on the plot, creating characters, describing the sights and sounds that sometimes they neglect to focus on the purpose of the story. Be sure to let readers know why you're writing the story in the first place. Is there a moral to your story? What do you want readers to take away from the story?

• Are your characters fully developed? Each character has to have a purpose, a mission for being in your story. The actions, thoughts and feelings of your characters should help to advance the plot of your story.

• Does your story flow? Moving your story forward to build up toward the end is a process that takes some thought, and possibly several rewrites. Timelines work well in moving a story along. Creating events, some action, conflicts, and deepening a mystery also add to the movement of a story.

Begin 2013 With A Meaningful Fundraiser with MANA!

Are you looking for a new way to raise money for your organization? Tired of selling wrapping paper, magazines and candy? Why not try a literary fundraiser at no cost to you or your organization?

With "CREATE A BOOK"© Fundraiser, you can have a small book composed by yourself or your organization. (MANA) will publish your book and take care of all of the aspects of the work being published. Your group will maintain the copyright and can earn up to 100% of the book sales. MANA can even make it possible for you or your organization not to have to put out any seed money toward the project.

In addition to this, for every customer who mentions your name or your organization's name after purchasing a book, self-publishing plan or any other MANA service, the fundraising organization receives 20% of the money paid to MANA.

If you want a fundraiser that provides literary food that readers can sink their teeth into and wraps its purchasers with good thoughts, MANA can deliver.

To find out more about "CREATE A BOOK"© Fundraiser, contact MANA via email at or call 734-975-0028.

Monday, November 26, 2012

How To Create an Anti-Hero

Is your National Novel Writing Month plot stuck? Try adding an anti-hero. 
For help in doing that, read more here: How To Create an Anti-Hero - GalleyCat

Sunday, November 25, 2012

With MANA MENAGERIE, You Set the Price on MANA MONDAY!

ONLY ON MANA MONDAYS (Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17), MANA offers you the opportunity to put together any menagerie of 3 or 5 books and propose a cost of how much you want to pay for them, regardless of the list price of the books.

If MANA accepts your proposal, you will receive your books at that cost. Yes, that's right, you will receive your books at that cost! What better way to get a wide range of books that MANA offers?

Take advantage of this unique offer today on MANA MONDAY by suggesting your price for your 3 or 5 books. Browse MANA's Bookstore at then send your proposal to MANA at this MANA MONDAY!

It's MANA MONDAY! Buy One Book, Pay Whatever You Want For The Second One

Have you heard of "Buy One Get One Free?" Well, MANA has put a new twist on the BOGO sale.

On MANA MONDAYS! you can buy one book at the list price, then choose ANY second book not higher in cost than the first book, and PAY WHATEVER YOU WANT TO PAY!

To take advantage of this offer:
•Visit MANA's web site at and browse The MANA Bookstore
•Order the books
•Send MANA an e-mail at noting the second book that you want and the price.

Although the Google Merchant's cart will record the regular price with the shipped order, MANA will send you a rebate check for the actual price you have proposed.  So, for example, if you choose to order Soar With The Angels by Cecilia Telles, you pay the full price of $14.95. Then, you can choose a second book, $14.95 or less, and pay whatever you want for the second book.

What's more $7 from each purchase will go the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.

So, take advantage of MANA MONDAYS by going to and start shopping now!

It's MANA MONDAY! Check Out This Special Self-Publishing Deal!

For the next four Mondays, MANA invites you to take advantage of special publishing deals on MANA MONDAYS!

This extra deal is available only on MANA MONDAYS. So, don't miss out! 

MANA Self-Publishing Deals
Have you ever wanted to have your short stories or novel published? 

Charmaine Stangl, a retired English teacher, wanted to publish a work for children that would help them see the value of being kind to all people. She did more than just said what she wanted to do; she did it! Ms. Stangl is now the author of Charlie: The Dog Who Lived the Dream.

Maybe you don't have a desire to publish but a special person in your life does. This is the time 
to give a gift that will last forever! This will be one of the most unique holiday gifts--a MANA self-publishing plan. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Need a Gift Idea? Try The "Lea Song Trilogy" by JaiLeen Shepherd

If you're looking for a Christmas gift idea for youngsters or pre-teens, consider the Lea Song Trilogy. The books can be read independently of each other since each book tells its own story, or read as a trilogy. Either way, children will find these books delightful: 

Lea's Song: The Life Of A Very Special Horse
The first book of the trilogy introduces Lea, the first horse born with hooves into a herd of prehistoric horses, miniatures with soft toes. She has a multi-colored coat, unlike any member of the herd. Lea is not accepted because she looks different. Lea ventures into The Forest where no horse of The Meadow has ever gone before. She carries the love and strength taught by her parents into each challenge she faces. Eventually, Lea grows a spectacular horn and each time she helps someone, it grows a new knob. 

This book targets pre-teens and early teens who are confused about their identity and need to learn how to establish themselves. It is also for younger children who feel they must be a bully to be recognized and for children who are the brunt of the bully's teasing. 

Anan: Sequel to Lea's Song. In this continuation of the story, Anan becomes a part of a new family. Anan encounters a dangerous bully, falls in love, has a foal, and encounters the final challenge–death. This story is beautifully told story for pre-teens, and for those who are trying to find their paths in this very challenging world. It is through this story about special horses that 10 year olds through 13 year olds will be able to relate. Basic values and lessons of life are woven through this book, one reviewer says, and those include seeking one's path, accepting differences, being thankful for everyone and everything, and accepting oneself.

Suzi-Q, a spirited little horse who is wise beyond her years, becomes a caregiver for Ashie, born with deformed fetlocks. Their path takes them to meet Anan¹s friends and families and the masterful teacher, St. William Buffalo, who tells them they are Teachers of Love, the same path of Lea and Anan. They help to change the Demons of the Dark to become Servers of the Light as they fulfill their own life¹s desires.
This book is for everyone who wants to believe that change can take place and that dreams can be fulfilled.

These books are available for $9.95 each or $24.95 for the complete trilogy, a $5 savings. And remember, $7 will be donated to the American Red Cross for each purchase made. To preview the books, go to

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shop Small, Spend Big on Small Business Saturday

In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is "Small Business Saturday".

The relatively new event on the retail scene is sponsored by American Express which expects consumers to come out in "full force" on Saturday, November 24, 2012, to businesses in their local community. Susan Sobbott, President at American Express OPEN said in a statement that "Small Business Saturday provides an opportunity to harness the nation's enthusiasm for small business and create their impact on local communities and the national economy."

In a survey released by the National Federal of Independent Business and American Express, which started the shop small movement three years ago, 70 percent of consumers said they plan to spend more or the same amount this year and will spend on average $100 on Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday began in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more customers. Consumers can either shop online on Saturday or visit their local stores.

The survey also says that restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores, gift shops and book shops are the top five places that consumers plan to shop on Small Business Saturday. (MANA) supports local businesses and thanks those consumers who plan to shop local this year.  For those who are looking to start a small business, MANA offers an opportunity for individuals to become a franchisee of MANA, a company that provides publishing, marketing and distribution services to authors and companies representing authors. For more information, contact MANA at or go to our blog post at

In the meantime, don't forget to "shop small and spend big" on Small Business Saturday.

Sources for Article: American Express,

Thursday, November 22, 2012

How Stephen King Writes Imagery - GalleyCat

For those of you who are still writing your novel for National Novel Writing Month, here's some advice on imagery from author Stephen King. Read the story here:
How Stephen King Writes Imagery - GalleyCat

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Authors & Friends of Authors, on MANA Mondays, MAKE MANA PAY!

To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, (MANA) is kicking off a special promotion called, "MANA MONDAY" beginning Nov. 26.

Every MANA MONDAY–Purchase a MANA Publishing Plan or Marketing Plan for a manuscript or book. You or your special person will receive the following:

1. 25% off the price of any plan, with the choice of a 100%, 90% or 70% royalty;

2. A holiday gift basket with a choice of flowers, fruit, or book/s from the MANA Online Store;

3. Free pass for yourself or another friend to the MANA Creative Writing Online Seminar (February 8, 2013).

MANA MONDAYS: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10, and Dec. 17

Do you have a manuscript you want published in a timely manner? Do you want to give one of the most unique holiday presents? What a special and memorable present to give to yourself or that special person whose dream you want to fulfill-a publishing or marketing plan as a gift1

Any purchase will MAKE MANA PAY (happily) the American Red Cross!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Make MANA Pay...The American Red Cross continues its commitment to donate to the relief efforts of the American Red Cross for those challenged by Hurricane Sandy.

MANA will pay to the American Red Cross:

•$7 for every book purchase made from the web site.
•10 percent of any MANA services purchased, including self-publishing plans or social media services.
•10 percent of the $25 registration fee for MANA's Creative Writing Seminar on Feb. 8, 2013.
•10 percent of the fee for becoming a MANA franchisee.
•10 percent of the fee for submitting a poem or short story for the Senior Writer's (65+ years) project.
•$10 for every 25 posts on the MANA Short Story found on the MANA Blog.

As the holiday season approaches, what better time to Make MANA Pay (with the holiday spirit) the American Red Cross? MANA has self-publishing and marketing services to offer as well as products and a wide range of services.  So, it should be very easy for you and your friends to help out the survivors of this terrible disaster today by making MANA (happily) pay!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Help, I'm Stuck in the Middle of My Story! Now What?

Developing the middle of a story when you don't know what to write is like getting stuck in quicksand; you're sinking fast and don't know what to do. If this describes where you are now, then you are in good company. Anyone who has ever written an article, an essay, a short story or a novel knows first-hand about what you are going through now.

The middle part of a novel is where writers give up their hope of completing their manuscript because they are not sure how to move the story along and further develop the characters. 

This article attempts to give you, the writer, just a couple of ideas. However, there are multiple ways of accomplishing this feat. Remember to do what works the best for you And, if you are writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month, these ideas may help you to move forward so that you can meet your November 30, 2012, deadline. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

MANA Extends Creative Writing Seminar Registration Deadline

Good news! Registration for MANA's Online Creative Writing Seminar has been extended to December 20, 2012.

MANA is sponsoring a three hour, online creative writing seminar on February 8, 2013. In addition to what is already planned, MANA will also add some topics that will be customized for participants' unique needs. 

The cost: $25.

Not sure how to start your novel? Need help in developing characters? Not some help with your poetry? Then register for MANA's 2013 Online Creative Writing Seminar no later than December 20, 2012. For more information, go to

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Author Issues a Call to Arms For Our Environment

Before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, author John C. Krieg issued a call to arms on the state of the environment. 

After Hurricane Sandy displaced residents in New York, New Jersey and other states along the East Coast, the debate erupted again over the effects of global warming and environmental changes on humans and wildlife. 

Our environment changed even more after  Superstorm Sandy's winds knocked down more trees in parks, forests and neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey than any previous storm on record. 

Krieg, a land planner and landscape architect, has written a trilogy of books to heighten the public's awareness of the damage that we have done to our planet. And, if we do not take corrective action, the Earth will not be able to sustain the humans that inhabit it, according to Krieg, also the founder of an environmentally sensitive land planning and development company.

In the first book of the trilogy, Environmental Cognizance: Towards the Year 2020, Krieg presents the state of the environment today and what we can expect if we continue down the path we currently tread. 

Econation: America in Environmental Perspective, Krieg traces America's history from an environmental angle.  The author begins with the state of the land, water and atmosphere prior to the first Europeans settling in North America and continues to the effects that settlers and the American government had on the American Indians, the nation's first inhabitants, and on the animals.

While the situation seems dire, Krieg offers hope in the third book of the collection, Mobilizing The Green Revolution: Money and Manpower To Save the Planet. This book traces the effects that environmental blight in cities have contributed to the problem, yet can be part of the answer in correcting impending environmental disasters. 

Whether you only purchase one book or all three, these books would serve as an important resource for environmental researchers, students needing an authoritative source for a research paper or for those who simply want to find out why our environment is in the shape that it is currently in and what can be done to rectify the problem. 

According to Krieg, it's not too late to save Plant Earth. However,  it's apparent that our home planet has problems that we can no longer afford to ignore. 

Click on the book titles to visit their web pages.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

On Veteran's Day, Remember Veterans and Soldiers Currently Serving

In honor of Veteran's Day,  MANA is featuring A Soldier's Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life by Captain Adrian D. Massey and A Collection of Prayers by an Alpha Man by Dr. Clarence C. Straham, Veteran and Professor of Mathematics.

The work by Massey is a provocative collection of poetry that covers all aspects of life. It is a fine work for anyone who loves poetry. And for educators, this is a fine work to use as a literary selection.

The work by Straham is a modern-day Book of Psalms that addresses every challenge a person all face. It is an inspiring work. The works by Straham and Massey are fine books by a veteran and a soldier for one who wants to celebrate Veteran's Day!

Although Veteran's Day is only one day in the year, every day of the year, remember soldiers currently serving and those who have served. Also, help MANA contribute to the aid of those who have been challenged by Hurricane Sandy. Purchasing a book by a soldier or veteran will help honor these men as well as those who are currently in need.

Our Price: Make a purchase and MANA will donate the purchase amount to the American Red Cross for its Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.

How to Write a Novel in 21 Slow and Easy Steps

For those of you who are writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month, we have an article just for you. Click on the link to read the article:,0,3807748.story.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Let us Hear From You During National Novel Writing Month

If you are writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month, let MANA know.

MANA wants to know how you are coming in completing your novel. Are you stuck on writing the middle of your story? Have you crafted a satisfying ending? Or are you still working on your introduction? Do you need writing tips?

Remember that writing is a process. You have probably heard of many phrases such as "show, don't tell," "describe it for me," when it comes to writing. While these are worthwhile phrases to remember, do what works best for you. For instance, when it comes to describing items in your story, it may be best for you to create a mental picture of the items first before writing about them or you may want to actually see the items for yourself before writing about them. Either way will work, but again, do what is best for you.

This is a great opportunity to accomplish your longtime goal of writing a novel. Let us hear from you!

Help the American Red Cross through the MANA Short Story

MarketingNewAuthors has a different kind of offer for you that won't cost you any money yet will help many people recovering from  the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

MANA is inviting everyone to participate in The MANA Short Story which is a featured post on our blog. The goal is to use the photo on the post as a prompt to begin writing a story. No more than five sentences are needed.

For every 25 posts that are written, MANA, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, will donate $10 to the American Red Cross.

Your literary contribution is a unique way to give to the American Red Cross from your heart.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

MANA To Donate Rebates to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

As we watch the news and look at photos online of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we at MANA want to say that our prayers and thoughts go out to the hurricane survivors and their families.

It's encouraging to see the generous donations coming in to volunteer organizations like the American Red Cross. It's also heartening to see partisan politics put aside, albeit briefly, to focus on what really matters–helping those in need.

In a previous holiday promotional post titled "MANA's Lucky 7," MANA offered a special $7 rebate. Because of the drastic circumstances caused by the storm, MANA has changed this so that the $7 rebate will go instead to the American Red Cross's Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts. Visit the blog post, "MANA's Lucky 7" for more information on the rebate.

In addition, any self-publishing plans purchased between now and December 31, 2012, MANA will donate 10 percent of the money received to the American Red Cross.

We congratulate and salute the first responders and volunteers who risked their lives for the sake of others.  You are all in our thoughts.


The MANA Team

10 More Notable Quotes About Books and Writing

We love quotes about books, actually we love everything about books. Read more quotes here:

10 More Notable Quotes About Books and Writing

Friday, November 2, 2012

Have You Started Your Novel Yet?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) officially kicked off Thursday. For those of you participating, MANA wants to help you with your goal of writing a 50,000-word fiction novel from scratch in 30 days.

MANA is not sponsoring NaNoWriMo but is encouraging writers to preservere and finish the task. It's not too late to sign-up for the project. If you are interested, go to NaNoWriMo's website to find out more information.

In the meantime, MANA will offer writing tips, articles and exercises to help stir your creativity. One fun activity we have is the new MANA Short Story. You don't have to be involved in NaNoWriMo to participate in the MANA Short Story. Anyone who wants a challenge (or a break from writing your novel), can go to the post now and getting started!

In the meantime, author Tom Robbins gives a pep talk to writers:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Join The MANA Short Story


The first person to post should use the photo as a prompt. No more than five sentences are needed. Of course, more are fine.

Then, the next person should add onto the first post. After that every person should add to the story of the previous person.

Let's see how this story progresses. Make this story your story. And, yes, you can post more than one time.