Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MANA's Book Review: Teenagers Unlocking Personal Power by Midge Patzer

Also available in Spanish
With teenagers having to navigate the their personal lives in uncertain times, they need all the help that parents and other adults can give them.

Midge Patzer loves teenagers. So, knowing that the teenage years are a complex—yet powerful time—Ms. Patzer wanted to help them—and their parents—in some way. 

Having raised two children of her own and a high school teacher for 30 years, Ms. Patzer decided to write Teenagers: Unlocking Personal Power.

In her book, Ms. Patzer shares her approach to understanding and guiding teens. According to the Ms. Patzer, her approach actually works and Teenagers: Unlocking Personal Power demonstrates this with case students that she has collected over her many years working with teenagers and their parents. 

The key to this success is teaching teenagers that they have “Personal Power.” So, what is Personal Power? According to Ms. Patzer: 
  • Personal Power is the power that comes from within.
  • Personal Power is internal confidence. 
  • Personal Power is dignified, respectful, and responsible.
What is the benefit of Personal Power? Love of oneself. Patzer writes:
"Teenagers are capable of altering and developing their behaviors and their beliefs in a constructive way. Watching teens find and develop their Personal Power is both a joy and a privilege. The self-esteem and self-awareness that accompany Personal Power are just below the surface in most teens. Every teenager has the capacity to uncover his or her Personal Power."
If you are a parent, educator, or simply interested in helping teenagers through the hurdles of life, then check out Teenagers: Unlocking Personal Power available HERE on the website of MarketingNewAuthors.com.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Q&A With Elesia K. Powell, MANA's 2014 Poetry Contest Winner

Elesia K. Powell, MANA's 2014 Poetry Contest Winner
Elesia K. Powell Is MANA's 2014 Passion For Poetry Poet Contest winner. For winning the Passion For Poetry Poet Contest, MANA published her work titled, Sweet Ache: Poetry of the Soul. 

Ms. Powell is an adjunct instructor of freshman composition at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Master's degree in Composition/Rhetoric. Ms. Powell is also the winner of the prestigious University of Michigan Hopwood Award.  The program presents awards each year for creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry. 

Q. What drew you into writing poetry?  
A. Listening to the Last Poets, Nikki Giovanni and Dr. Maya Angelou, they were my inspirations. Poetry was a form of release as a teenager growing-up in the Bronx.  Essence Magazine published an opinion letter that I had written during that time, and I thought that was important, and I kept writing. However, it would be years before I had the courage to publish.   

Q. Who were your writing influences (writers, books, teachers)? 
A. I read often, and James Baldwin was one of my favorite authors. Eventually, I fell in love with others as well: Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, J. California Cooper, and Flannery O’Conner are a few.  

Q. When and where do you write?
A. I would like to be a morning writer. I think it would be great to start my days with a few intense hours of creativity, but I find that I often can’t begin to write until after 7 p.m. I have also noticed that once I begin a writing session it becomes difficult to stop, which means I’m up until the early hours of the morning writing. Right now, I’m trying to stay on target toward my goals of completing a collection of short stories, and two works of non-fiction. I don’t actually work on all of these projects at the same time, but they are all at various levels of completion, and I remind myself that I don’t have forever to work on them.  

Q. What is your new publication, Sweet Ache: Poetry of the Soul about?
A.  Sweet Ache: Poetry of the Soul is a compilation of free-verse poems that I have been writing for a number of years.  There are several themes, but I find that it is mostly about the angst and the glory of relationships. There are a few poems, which touch on political topics and scenes of everyday life.  The poetry in Sweet Ache is often vivid and concrete, but there are a few ethereal poems as well.

Are You A Poet? Then Why Not Publish A Chapbook?

If you're a poet and want to publish your work, consider publishing your poems in a chapbook format.

Chapbooks are not new to the publishing industry, yet they are becoming more popular among poets who do not have hundreds of dollars to publish multiple full-length books.  

Chapbooks are similar to booklets (small books) and sometimes compared to pamphlets. The books are relatively inexpensive to produce which means that you can make as many copies of your work as you would like. You can arrange your chapbooks so that each one has a theme. For instance, if you have a collection of poems on several topics, such as love, life, parenting, friendship, you can produce a chapbook on each topic. 

Poetry chapbooks can range anywhere from 20 to 40 pages, are usually stapled on the fold and use card stock or plain paper for the cover. Of course, you can customize the size of the book and design your own cover. It's best to discuss your paper weight and cover design with your publisher or printer. You can decide how to price your book based on your production costs. 

As for what you should include in your book, Poemfish.com has a great article on selecting poems for your chapbook and how to prepare your manuscript for publication. Whatever you decide to include, chapbooks offer you a prime opportunity to introduce your poetry to people who may not normally read lengthy works. 

MarketingNewAuthors.com can help you set up a chapbook as a soft-cover publication or as an e-book as low as $100. Contact MarketingNewAuthors.com for more details. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Celebrate Christmas in July With MANA!

MANA's Christmas in July is going on now. From July 5th to July 25th, get discounts off of: 

Worldwide Evil and Misery: The Legacy of the 13 Satanic Bloodlines by Robin de Ruiter and Fritz A. Springmeir (available in English, Spanish, French and German). 

This book is a about the development of a New World Order that aims to suppress the whole of humanity. Are the visible world leaders just mere puppets directed by an invisible power from behind the scenes? Are there invisible hands controlling the world? Is there a conspiracy? Who are the conspirators?

According to the authors, great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who have become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery. The authors expose their plans and their ultimate goal of controlling the world!

Unveiled: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion by Robin De Ruiter. The political and socio-economic chaos that exists at the moment was described 200 years ago in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. How is this possible? The author of the Protocols must have been a prophet who intuitively must have foreseen World War I, The Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.

This book is an attempt to provide some insight and to make it possible for people to act, which is something that is highly needed at this point in time. 

• All Children's Books in the MANA Online Store.

Visit our website at MarketingNewAuthors.com. Get a 25% discount and no shipping and handling fees off this promotion if you pay by check via U.S. mail. If you use your credit card, pay the list price and within 5 days, MANA will send you a rebate check that covers the 25% discount and shipping and handling charges. 

Self-Publishing Discount
Get 25% off any Self-Publishing Plan you choose by July 25th!  Use this significant discount to pay for a unique present--a published book or a gift card detailing a self-published plan delivered by December 25th. 
Make your dream, or the dream of someone you love, come true by becoming a published author. Either way, celebrate Christmas in July now with MANA!
Questions? Contact MANA via email at info@marketingnewauthors.com or at 734-975-0028.  Visit our website at www.marketingnewauthors.com.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"Help! I'm Stuck In The Middle of My Story! Now What?!”

By The MANA Staff

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There’s nothing as frustrating as getting stuck in the middle of your fiction novel and not know in what direction to turn.

Ideally, you should develop a story outline, but not all writers do this because they want to work out the plot as they go along. On the other hand, sometimes you develop an outline but then take the story into another direction. 

If you have written yourself into this predicament, don’t panic. Just breathe. Now, step back for a moment and see whether the following advice will help you get out of your hard place.  

Bring your story to a boil 

In the beginning, you introduced the characters and set up the conflict.  So, bring the tension and suspense that you’ve been building from the beginning to a boiling point in the middle of your story.

This is the perfect time to surprise your readers by revealing secrets about your main characters or have your characters experience tragic moments. For instance, you can reveal that your character is having an affair or just found out at 53 years old, that she was adopted, or have one of your characters falsely accused of stealing classified documents from his company and now “shadowy figures” are after him. 

Readers love finding out something about the characters that they didn’t already know. The revelations you create may even confirm what readers suspected about the characters all along. If readers did not suspect anything, the exposed secrets will prompt them to either flip a few pages back to see why they “didn’t see it coming” or continue reading to find out what happens next.

Revelations in the middle of your story also give you more material to work with as you move to the end of your story.