Sunday, September 29, 2013

Help Your Children Learn Values With "Alphabet of Honor"

Adolescent and teenage students face peer pressure everyday which is why it's important parents start teaching their children at a young age about values and honesty. Author Ann Warkentin has written a book, Alphabet of Honor, that shows parents how to start the conversation with their youngsters. This book can be used not only at home, but at school. 

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.  

The book, naturally, begins with the letter,"A." This "A" is linked with "Accept Responsibility." The picture for this letter is of a little girl with a facial expression which indicates that something has happened to the toy that she is holding up. 

Based on this photo, the author poses the following questions to the readers: 

1. What do you think happened to the toy?

2. Is this girl in the photo the owner of the toy?

3. How would you feel if the toy were yours?

4. How could you accept responsibility?

5. Has this every happened to you?

6. How would you handle this? What would you do?

Children can answer these questions on their own or the adult reader can pose the questions and discuss the answer with the child. The photos and the text should appeal to a broad age range. 

For more information on Alphabet of Honor by Ann Warkentin, go to

Friday, September 20, 2013

MANA's Blog Continuing Short Story Continues!

We started our Blog Continuing Short Story earlier this year and the story continues. We have over 160 comments so far. Our readers have commented and made the story even more interesting. But most importantly, the contributors have helped MANA donate funds to the ALS Association. A special thanks to all who have made this possible by posting comments to the short story.

For every 20 posts on the MANA Blog Continuing Short Story, MANA will donate $10 to the ALS Association. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects a person's nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The ALS Association supports global research and advocacy for those facing the challenges of the disease. 

This year,  MANA is committing 10% of most of its sales to the ALS Association. The purpose of the Continuing Short Story is to offer a venue for readers to show their creativity and to raise awareness of ALS and funding for research. 

Feel free to contribute at any time to the short story. You can post as many times as you want. 

So, start posting today to continue the story! Click on the link to access the story:

Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing: What are the Differences?

Have you heard MANA's latest podcast for new authors? Find out what to expect when you sign a contract with a traditional publisher and a self-publishing company. Listen to the podcast here:

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Listen to Part 1 of MANA's Latest Podcast on Book Publishing Contracts

MANA wants to help you become a published author. Listen to the podcast to find out how. Before you sign a book publishing contract, listen to our "MANA Notables For New Authors" podcast which provides tips for new authors. Listen now, you'll be glad that you did.

Friday, September 6, 2013

RDP Book Release: Propaganda – American Style by Dr. Gregory Shafer

Propaganda – American Style: A Textbook for Critical Thinkers by Dr. Gregory Shafer. Read an excerpt from the first chapter:

To most Americans, propaganda is something that is done by other nations to other people. We think of communist propaganda, Nazi propaganda, or even European propaganda. Rarely, in our egocentric world, are we cognizant of the insidious and yet very vivid examples of propaganda American style. Why? Because we have been conditioned to believe that we live in a land of freedom and democracy – a place that is devoid of manipulation and mind control. 

The world of George Orwell's 1984 is interesting to us but only in its ability to reveal other worlds, where nefarious leaders use psychological strategies and deceptive language to control the actions of their citizens. Unfortunately, careful observation shows us that propaganda is very much a part of the American scene and is used frequently to dupe Americans into thinking and believing ideas that are not in their best interests.