Saturday, August 30, 2014

MANA Announces The Launch of Its New Website (MANA) has a digital makeover and we're inviting you to take a look. We are launching our new website at

Visit our website and discover all the services we have to offer.  Click on the menu bar at the top of the Homepage to see what is offered under those headings, that include:

1. !0 Most Recently & Popular Publications

2. MANA's List of Publications

3. Services offered by MANA

4. MANA's Publishing Plans

5. Business Consulting for Woman-Owned Businesses

6. Private Tutoring -MPEC

7. MANA Writers' Group

8. The MANA Sunset Newsletter

9. MANA Blog

10. MANA Minute

MANA is more than just a self-publishing company. MANA offers unsurpassed, unique, and unparalleled self-publishing, marketing and distribution services and more! Visit our new website today at

Questions? Contact us at

Friday, August 15, 2014 Joins ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Check out Today Show host Matt Lauer take on the ALS Bucket Challenge!

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Have you seen Matt Lauer, Bill Gates and other celebrities having a bucket of cold water poured over their heads recently? It's not that they enjoy feeling cold water on their heads. They are raising awareness of ALS. 

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that modestly extends survival. Veterans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the disease. 

The ALS Association was MANA's charity for 2013. This year, MANA has designated funds for The Women Veterans Project sponsored by Swords to Plowshares, a community-based, not-for-profit veteran service organization.  Through The Women Veterans Project, Swords to Plowshares works to improve its programs, including housing, benefits and health and social services, to meet the needs of women veterans most of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

MANA has joined the ALS Bucket Challenge, but we aren't going to pour water over our heads! We are instead making a special offer: 

1. For any one who purchases a publishing plan, 10% of the plan's cost will go to The ALS Association and the other 10% will go to the Women Veterans Project. 


2. You may accept 20% off the cost of your chosen self-publishing plan. 

Another way to help the Women Veterans Project is to contribute to the MANA Blog Continuous Short Story. For every 20 posts of five sentences or more, MANA will donate $10 to The Women Veterans Project. Contribute to the short story by visiting:

For more information about The ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge, please contact Carrie Munk at

Call For Manuscripts On Vacations or Travel

Are you a travel expert with tips to share? Can you recommend great vacation destination or do you have hilarious vacation stories to tell? MANA is seeking manuscripts this month in the areas of travel and vacations. If you have a manuscript that you would like to have published, contact MANA by August 31 and receive 20% off the cost of any MANA self-publishing plan.

MANA's self-publishing packages include editing, proofreading, printing, book cover designs, color covers, e-commerce services, an author's web page and digital marketing. We can also tailor a plan to meet your needs if you do not need all of the services included in the self-publishing package. We can also tailor a plan to meet your budget. 

Take advantage of this offer by:

1. Choosing a Self-Publishing Plan on our website. Click here to visit the site.

2. Go to the MANA Month page to make your $250 non-refundable down payment. 

3. Submit your manuscript in a Microsoft Word file via email to:

4. MANA will review your manuscript and contact you.

Take advantage of this offer to see your dream realized of publishing your historical or non-historical fiction. 

Remember, MANA tailors its self-publishing plans to meet the needs of each author. Questions? Contact MANA today at info@marketingnewauthors.comor call 1-734-975-0028.

Offer expires: August 31, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

"Sweet Ache" by Elesia Powell

Surrounded by the beauty of lush valleys,
The tropical breezes blow large green leaves,
Exposing the fruit hidden beneath.
I choose the just ripe
Mango, papaya, and star fruit;
I slice them into jars,
The mango and papaya in the center,
The star fruit toward the outer edges of the jars.
I fill each one with coconut water and sugar.
I want it so sweet
That their teeth will ache,
Like my insides do from wanting you.
I seal the jars and tie them with a bright ribbon
Before I take them to market to sell.
I call it Sweet Ache,
Homemade love in a bottle
with all I have for you
Locked in these jars.
Only the tourists buy my treats.
The natives hear my solitary songs in the night and 
Make wide steps around me.
My own voice returns as an echo in darkness,
Sweet Ache I call out,
Homemade love in a bottle.
With each jar sold,
I pray my aching will end.
I return to the valley with Sweet Ache lingering,
Along with the sugar that creases my fingers.
The rain falls on my zinc roof,
Each drop ringing a thousand small bells,
Just a little more sugar.
Sweet Ache.

Poem from Sweet Ache: Poetry of the Soul by Elesia Powell.
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