Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Out of Print": Will Books Soon Disappear?

Watch this trailer of "Out of Print" a documentary about books narrated by Meryl Streep, draws us into the topsy-turvy world of words, illuminating the turbulent and exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution.

OUT OF PRINT trailer from fungible on Vimeo.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Yes, You Should Judge A Book By Its Cover

There's a saying that goes, "You can't judge a book by its cover." When it comes to a books, however, readers may leave the book on the shelf if the cover does not get their attention. 

Book covers are an important feature in the publishing process. Many times, authors are so focused on writing, that they do not give any thought to their cover until they have completed their manuscript.  Cover design should be considered even before writing begins. Not all authors will have ideas for book covers, which is why it is important to contact an artist or graphic designer who can create covers for them. 

MANA spoke with Bryant Messer, owner of Dreams and Visions, a graphic arts company, about the importance of designing attractive book covers: 

MANA: How important is it to have an attractive book cover?

Bryant Messer: Well, for me, it's what peaks my interest. If it catches my eye, I'll be more likely to pick the book up to see what it is about.

Friday, July 19, 2013

A MANA MONDAY Call For Manuscripts from Outdoor Writers

Do you love the "great outdoors?" Have you written a "how-to" manuscript on camping, boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, or other outdoor activity? Then MANA MONDAY is for you.

MANA offers a 20% discount off the cost of any self-publishing plan on our web site. To take advantage of this offer, submit your manuscript, fiction or non-fiction, any time on July 22, along with a $299 down payment. The non-refundable down payment goes toward the cost of the plan you choose. So, you receive a significant savings.

MANA has several self-publishing plans available, including our new print-on-demand package. Our plans fits all budgets and include editing, proofreading, an author's web page, e-commerce services, digital marketing, printing, cover designs and color covers. Review all of our plans on our Self-Publishing Page on's web site. Authors who choose not to have digital marketing can earn 100% royalty.

So, if you have a story to tell about how the "big one got away," or how to catch the "big one," then contact MANA to self-publish your manuscript. Visit our MANA MONDAY web page to submit your down payment.

Questions? Contact MANA at or call us at 734-975-0028.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

"Sweet Dreams, Dakota" Helps Children Through Transitions

Sweet Dreams, Dakota, by Kaitlyn McClain, is a good read for fifth to eighth grade students who are making transitions in their lives. Whether it's going to a new school or living with a new family, this book will help children realize that they have to face their fears. 

The book tells the story of Abby, whose family is American Indian. Abby has to go to a new school because she moved into a new home in the city. However, she becomes so worried about going to a new school that she has nightmares. In one of her nightmares, everyone was laughing at her because she looked different than the other students. 

To help calm her fears, Abby's mother gives her a dream catcher. At the center of the dream catcher is an image of a bear cub named, Dakota. There's a legend connected with Dakota. As the cub journeys through the woods to find his family, he meets a sly coyote, a friendly beaver and a compassionate hummingbird. Dakota's journey brings him new friends and unexpected adventures. 

What's more, Abby learns a lesson from the legend of Dakota that gives her strength to find her own destiny and follow her dreams. The author writes:

You might be wondering what destiny means. To different people, destiny means different things. Let me tell you what it means to one little girl. Destiny is going on a journey to live all the good dreams you could ever imagine. 

Sweet Dreams, Dakota, 30 pages, $9.95. Click on the book title to order. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862


"Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations."

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away."

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."

"Things do not change, we change." 

"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way."

Sunday, July 7, 2013

7 Biggest Lies Writers Tell Themselves About Their Books

By Karen Rowe

It takes an average of about 400 hours to write a book. That's a lot of time and effort. I've had many authors approach me who have poured blood, sweat and tears into a manuscript without the first due how to get their book edited and published properly and out to the masses. Others have published their book without one ounce of marketing. And it has flopped. When I asked them about this, If ind that they've been making assumptions based on myths they believe about the publishing industry.

Here are a few of the biggest mistakes writers make before they publish, and the lies they tell themselves:

LIE#1: "I can write about whatever I want" Read more here: 7 Biggest Lies Writers Tell Themselves About Their Books

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Divine Feeling of Reading Books

By Kiriti Chandan Chavadi 

Reading Books has long been listed in the list of hobbies by millions of people in their resumes. It is considered to be amongst the top 3 Hobbies in the world. This proves that people love to read books and when there is a passion for something, it grows into a habit and thus the love for reading books has been a favorite for lots of Book lovers.

The human mind is a very large computer with such huge capacity that it needs huge loads of knowledge to digest and people who are interested in reading books are a happy lot to get their mind satisfied to some extent. Various people have different tastes and likings in their choice of reading books. Some may like fiction; others may be interested in non fiction or real time stories, autobiographies or spiritual books. There is a vast ocean of knowledge in any kind of book one may choose and Books have always been a man's best friend in happiness or sorrow.

Numerous researches have taken place to find out if there is any valuable or positive thing associated with reading books of his choice (fiction) not necessarily related to his work. This has now been proved that reading books is definitely a good choice as it helps the brain to relax and in some part of the brain it has also shown several improvements in the thinking pattern of the person as he reads the book which helps to integrate with his work culture and his leisure boosting his capacity to the maximum benefit. And this may be one reason why people would spend hours together on a novel and hardly 10 minutes on the Economics Text book.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Reviews of New Book Release: "All About Jane" Now Available in Hard Cover

All About Jane by Carrie Mattern is now available in print. The print edition has additional material: An interview with the author and discussion questions to serve as guides for parents, counselors, and teachers.

Reviews continue to come in about the book on bullying and teenage suicide: 

"I  highly recommend this short but mighty book as a must for teens, as well as adults who work with teens, or for those who want to get in touch with their inner-teen! 

Mattern taps right into the psyches of young people; those of us no longer in our teens get to re-experience the difficulties of trying to fit in, of making hard choices, of connecting with some and losing connections with others. 

Cassie is a credible, complex character. We believe in her (as well as in Jane and Kyle) because of Mattern’s sensitive understanding, seen here in her portrayal of youth and the societal pressures they are up against. 

The ‘facts’ at the beginning of each chapter are braided with the content that follows; they are the important backdrop of the hauntingly stark terrain of Cassie’s world. Not only is All About Jane cleverly written, there’s a gritty poetry in the narrative that turns this novella into a page turner. This is a powerful treatise on suicide and will be life-changing, as well as life-saving…I can’t wait for Mattern’s upcoming works! 

Disturbing. Not the writing. The writing is good, real and graphic. So detailed at times that you almost feel you are reading the author’s memoir and not a fictional story. It’s hard to believe that teens go through what Jane had endured, but only because we don’t want to. We all know it happens and happens all too often. We can only hope that stories like this one will help open a blind eye to the many problems our youth face on a daily basis. My only complaint to this uniquely written story was that it was too short and lacks a cover. I consider it a very good read. I’m looking forward to more from Carrie Mattern."

–Susan Sage, author