Wednesday, January 29, 2014

To Increase Your Chances for Publication, Submit Your Manuscript

By Joan Edwards

You finished writing your story or article. You revised it 3 times.

How many manuscripts did you send off for critique this year?

You say you’ve done that once a month. I’m proud that you did that. You sent it off for critique. You revised it 4 more times, making a total of 7 revisions. Now that your work is in quality condition, it’s time to market your work. Let's talk submissions.

How many quality manuscripts did you submit this year to a publisher, agent, or contest?

What? You tell me that you have three quality manuscripts at the marketing stage and you only submitted once this year. On the bright side, that’s better than not submitting at all. It probably was the best you could do. However, I want to inspire and motivate you to make at least 4 more submissions this year. That's one for each month: September, October, November, and December.

Do you want to increase your odds and have a better chance at publication? 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RDP Author Dr. Gregory Shafer Interviewed Today on "The Author's Show"

Robbie Dean Press Author Dr. Gregory Shafer is featured today on "The Author's Show" radio broadcast discussing his book, "Propaganda American Style: A Textbook For Critical Thinkers." 

Link to the interview here:

Check out the book on MANA's website:

Read an excerpt from the first chapter of the book:

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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

MANA's Latest Release: The Last Days of Paradise: The Untold Story of Adam and Eve – Book One

Have you ever wondered what it was like for Adam and Eve to live in the Garden of Eden? 

What were their lives like after they were expelled from their utopian home?

How did they respond to their punishment after their relationship with God – as it previously existed – was broken? 

These three questions and more author Darryl A. Turner explores in his new book, The Last Days of Paradise and Beyond: The Untold Story of Adam and Eve – Book One. The tome focuses on the life, the love and the loss experienced by the famous First Couple in The Bible

Mr. Turner uses the "tools of imagination and creative license" to give an account of what happened in the Garden of Eden before that fateful day when Adam and Eve took a bite from the forbidden fruit. In addition to the problems they create with their Creator God, the book also takes the reader into the couple's home and shows their interaction with their children, Cain and Abel, who have issues of their own. 

The author believes that Adam and Eve's life story – which has been told throughout the centuries – could "easily be considered more compelling than that of any other married couple that has ever lived." 

Monday, January 20, 2014

MANA Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." 
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New MANA Book Release: God's Gift To Me, I Share With You–Book One

Author Doris A. Zarzycki's book, God's Gift To Me, I Share With You–Book One, contains more than 150 inspirational essays and poems about every facet of life. Doris Zarzycki takes her reader along a literary journey that she has traveled herself. 

The author weaves her life experience into her works, which include poems regarding love, laughter, happiness, sadness, birthdays, graduations and more. 

Doris Zarzycki dispenses advice in the chapter, "Keys to Locked Doors":

Do you have direction in your life? If you don't have an inclination of where you are going, your are bound to get lost. Set a destination of where you want to be. For example, think about where you would like to be a year from now. If you are not content with your situation at this time and are looking for a way to change yourself and your way of life at present, then take time to look in the mirror. 
Really look at yourself. Tell yourself you can do whatever you have to do to like this person in the mirror a lot more than you do right now. Maybe, you think you like yourself. Would someone who likes himself or herself be doing what you are doing to you? You know you are shortchanging your growth when you keep yourself locked up inside. Open the door to new experiences to bring out the best in you. It is there if you only give it a chance…  
You have the key to your destiny. The key to unlocking the doors that so far you have kept closed. There are challenges to meet. Gambles to win, by your own hard-earned efforts. These things are waiting for you to open up your life to new stability. that is something we all need in our lives to succeed. 

This book is a gift to everyone who chooses share in this inspirational travel. According to  Doris A. Zarzycki, "this is the completion of several years of meeting so many people along my journey of inspiration. 

To preview God's Gift To Me, I Share WIth You–Book One, go to 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Scientists Predict Whether A Book Will Be A Bestseller

Computer scientists at Stony Brook University in New York said that they have developed an algorithm that can analyzed a book and predict with 84 percent accuracy whether the book will be successful. 

This groundbreaking work used a technique called "statistical stylometry, to to examine the use of words and grammar by using math. They tested their algorithm on classic books from Project Gutenberg, a digital archive of cultural works. 

According to the research, less successful books relied on verbs that describe actions and emotions, and used connectives (and, which, that) and prepositions. More successful books used "thinking verbs" (recognized and remembered) and relied on "topical words that could be almost cliché, such as "love."

The following are the categories and words used in Less Successful and More Successful books:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Getting into Your Characters' Skins

By Shirley Corder
Guest Blogger

How do we avoid creating cardboard characters, so that they become real people? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just "become them" for a short time?

According to some articles I've read, all animals shed their skin, some faster than others. We humans evidently shed 1.5 million skin cells an hour, giving us a new skin surface about once every 28 days. Snakes, tarantulas, stick insects and some lizards are in more of a hurry. They climb out the old skin and walk/slither away, leaving the skin intact.

Wouldn't that be such a great gift for us as writers? Yet we can learn to do this to a degree. We can step out of our own skin and into the skin of our character. We can then talk like them, think like them and feel their emotions. The secret is to really know our characters. 

Take a moment and think: How much effort do you put into your conversation with your spouse, your children, your next door neighbor? Do you give any thought to the words you choose? Do you stop to wonder when you should take a breath? Do you agonize over your correct choice of words and phrase? No, you just talk. Right?