Sunday, January 27, 2013


This month's MANA MONDAY features a special offer for writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction and Historical Non-Fiction. Submit your manuscripts today and receive 20% off any self-publishing plan. You will only have to make a down payment of $299.

If you've always wanted to publish your manuscript, then take advantage of  MANA MONDAY. Visit to view MANA's self-publishing plans. MANA can tailor a plan to meet your specific self-publishing needs.

Submit your manuscript as a PDF or Word file via e-mail to

For more information, contact MANA today at

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Find Out How To Teach Your Children Values By Reading, "Alphabet of Honor"

In a society that often promotes values that many parents find unacceptable, mothers and fathers may struggle to find ways of teaching their children ethics and morals at an early age. 

In these instances, parents may want to read the book, Alphabet of Honor: The Children's Picture Book of Values by Ann Warkentin, to get some ideas of how to instill a clear sense of right and wrong into their children. 

Teachers may also want to use the examples in the book to generate discussion in their classroom about honor and integrity. 

Warkentin uses the letters of the alphabet and photos to open the lines of communication that create teachable moments. For instance, the letter "A," is connected to "Accept Responsibility." The picture shows a young girl whose facial expression indicates that something has happened to the toy that she is holding. Based on the photo, Warkentin asks her readers to consider the following questions: 

  • What do you think happened to the toy?
  • Is this girl in the photo the owner of the toy?
  • How would you feel if the toy were yours?
  • How could you accept responsibility?
  • Has this every happened to you?
  • How would you handle this? What would you do?

Friday, January 18, 2013

MANA MONDAY's Special Deals for Authors of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction and Historical Non-Fiction

After a successful run in December, we decided to bring back MANA MONDAY, a special day in which we offer sales on MANA's products and services. This month's MANA MONDAY is scheduled for January 28.

This time around, MANA has an exclusive self-publishing offer for writers of science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and historical non-fiction. If you have a novel that you have always wanted to have published as a traditional print book or as an e-book, then you can realize your dream on MANA MONDAY.

Publishing your work has never been more affordable. For any self-publishing plan you choose, 20 percent off the total cost and only a 20 percent down payment are required. You can also choose to receive 100 percent royalty for every book sold. 

While MANA has several self-publishing plans, MANA can tailor a plan to meet your needs. All self-publishing plans include marketing services by MANA.

So, if you've already channeled your inner Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek) or J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit) and you've been wanting to have your work published, then take advantage of the MANA MONDAY sale on January 28. 

For more information or questions about MANA's self-publishing specials, contact MANA at or at 734-975-0028 or visit MANA's self-publishing plan web page at Remember, MANA can tailor a plan that will meet your self-publishing needs.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Introducing The MANA 2013 Winter Writer's Contest

Polish up your manuscript and get ready to enter your work into THE MANA 2013 WINTER WRITER'S CONTEST.

Last year, MANA launched its first writer's contest for prose and poetry books and recently announced the names of the winners. Many have asked if MANA would give opportunities for entries much shorter in length. So, MANA is responding to those requests – THE MANA 2013 WINTER WRITER'S CONEST.

If a sufficient number of quality submissions are received, each entry will be considered as a submission for a MANA publication titled, MANA's Best Poems & Short Stories of 2013. You will retain your copyright for every entry that you submit. This is a key opportunity for poets and short story writers to have their work published and showcased throughout the world. The best poem and short story will be depicted on the cover of the publication.

The word limitation is 3,000 words. If you prefer to send longer submissions as an attachment, it should be sent as a Word or PDF file.

The registration fee is $5.00 per submission. Or you can send a check or money order to:, 2910 E. Eishenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Deadline for submissions is March 10, 2013. To register for THE MANA 2013 WINTER WRITER'S CONTEST, go to

For questions or more information, contact MANA at or call at 734-975-0028.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How To Create A Well-Written Short Story That Engages Readers

By Brian Scott

The abundance of short story writers in the world seems infinite. Many individuals believe they can write interesting short stories, and then sell them. No matter how interesting the story, publishers (online and print) buy less than 10 percent of short stories. Facing the difficulties of selling short stories, many aspiring writers submit their stories to small literacy publications or start-up websites, which pay a few cents per word or offer only a byline. The large magazines and popular websites that do buy short stories (fiction or non-fiction) usually pay less than what they pay for how-to articles and feature articles, and the competition among freelance writers is fierce.

Regardless of the difficulties of selling short stories, Stephen King once admitted that it is more challenging to craft a short story than it is to compose a full-length novel. I suppose we have more successful book authors than we have short story writers then. In writing a short story it is very tough to work with any theme, or any character, in a couple thousand words.


Monday, January 14, 2013

MANA Congratulates its 2013 Writers' Contest Winners!

The Winners of the MANA Sunrise Writers' Contest are the following:

First Prize: Richard S. Rose, author of Did You Ever Try to Melt a Lemon Drop? And Other Tales of Life Seen Through Rose-Colored Glasses. At no cost to the author, MANA will publish this work as an e-Book and hard copy and market the work. The cash prize is $500.

Second Prize: Carrie Mattern, author of It's All About Jane--A Novella. At no cost to the author, MANA will publish this work as an eBook and market the work. The cash prize is $250.

Third Prize: Sara Jamal, author of The American Experiment. Within a year's time, at no cost to the author, MANA will provide marketing services if this work is self-published or traditionally published. The cash prize is $150.

The winner of the MANA Passion for Poetry Poets Contest (Only one winner chosen):

The winner is Jessyca Matthews, author of Simply: A Collection of Poetry. At no cost to the poet, MANA will publish this work as an e-Book and hard copy and market the work. The cash prize is $350. Excerpts from Simply will be showcased throughout the 2013 year.

Again, congratulations to our winners. Also, MANA would like to thank all who entered the contests.

A time line for the debut of the publications will be announced at a later date.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Register Now For MANA's Online Creative Writing Seminar

This could be the year that you fulfill your dream of publishing your book. MANA wants to give you a jump-start with its one-day, three-hour online Creative Writing Seminar scheduled for January 20.

The seminar will cover:

•How to get started writing
•How to develop characters
•How to develop plot
•Constructive critiques of some submitted works–the authors will remain anonymous
•Some suggestions regarding becoming published

If you are not available at the time of the seminar goes live, don't worry. Playback of the sessions will be available from February 8 to February 22. This online seminar provides any writer the impetus to get out of the background and come to the foreground and compose a fresh, new manuscript for publication.

The cost for registration is $25.  To sign up for the Online Creative Writing Seminar, contact MANA at or call us at 734-975-0028.

Say Goodbye to Writer's Block for Good

By Ronald F Wilson 

Writer's block; we've all had it. We devote time to write, muster the motivation, and clear the space, but our pen stops short an inch from the page. So how do we escape it? First of all, let's remember there is a certain madness to creativity and at times you should let your rational thinking take a vacation while your right brain takes control. Too often writers try to give reason to what they are doing, and feel that they have to know it all from the outset. This can stifle the creative flow.

How do you make the switch to allow your creative mind to shine? Switch off any distractions including the television or radio. Concentrate on being calm and finding your inner creativity. Then, stir the imagination using triggers. Start doodling, write down random words and connect them to one other, or play 'imagine' and allow yourself to list all the reasonable and not-so-reasonable ideas that may come into your head. Write for the bin, and write without limitation.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Welcome to MANA 2013!


•The winners of MANA's 2012 Writers' Contest

•Some of MANA's upcoming publications in 2013

•The extended date of registration for the 2013 Online Creative Writing Seminar

•The MANA 2013 Winter Writers' Contest

•Additional offerings to MANA's Social Media Services

•An exciting fundraising publication to debut in March 2013

•Journalism and marketing internships

And more!

The More You Write For Yourself, The Better Your Book Will Be

By Chuck Sambuchino

There is an old saying. What comes from the heart reaches the heart. 

I have always found this to be true. But I would add to it my own less elegant postscript. It helps to know who you're talking to. 

When I wrote my first novel, the mystery-thriller THINK OF A NUMBER, I had an advantage that I would never have identified at the time as an advantage, or as anything good. It was simply this: I had no belief that the book would ever be published.

Wherein lies the advantage in that, you ask? And you might also ask, why did I bother to write it, if I didn't believe anyone was going to read it?

Well, I hoped at least one person was going to read it. But I'll return to her in a moment.

The initial reason I wrote THINK OF A NUMBER was simply to see if I could. I'd been reading and enjoying certain kinds of detective novels for many years. I discovered a handful of writers whose works I devoured: Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Reginald Hill, Peter Robinson.

After a while, it seemed to me that I had come to understand what they were doing – not just that I understood their books, but that I saw the art behind the whole detective story concept, the process of creating it. I thought it would be an interesting challenge to pout this presumption to the test, to try to write one myself. I was afraid, of course, that I was going to discover that doing it was a far different
things from understanding it – like the first time I tried ice skating.

To read more, click here: The More You Write For Yourself, The Better Your Book Will Be