Friday, August 17, 2018

Introducing Jewelry Designer Kayla Laird, aka Queen Netzo

Editor's Note: MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) would like to introduce jewelry designer, Ms. Kayla Laird, also known as "Queen Netzo." Ms. Laird's jewelry is part of MANA's "Gems for the Body and Soul," a unique gift set of customized jewelry and a book from MANA's website. Click HERE to see just a few of Ms. Laird's many jewelry designs. 

Ms. Laird's jewelry is also featured on the "MANA Businesswomen's Pages—Shop Here where you will see some of the jewelry she customizes for her customers. Read the Q&A below to learn more about Ms. Laird and how to contact her if you are interested in purchasing customized jewelry.


MANA: Tell us about your background as a jewelry designer. How did you get started designing jewelry?
Kayla Laird (KL): With the help of my Aunt Myra, I started making jewelry at age of 9. Whenever I would visit my grandparents’ house, she would always be making a new necklace, bracelet, or earrings of some sort. She taught me all the basic techniques I needed to know. 

MANA: How do you create your designs? Do you receive some type of inspiration prior to creating them?
KL: I create my designs by incorporating my own personal style and a mix of inspiration. I do research to find out what the latest trends and fashions are. In addition, I also follow up with the customer to find out what exactly she or he wants. 

MANA: Are there any special skills you have to have to be a jewelry designer?
KL: The special skills you have to have to be a jewelry designer would be to have an eye for detail, artistic ability, patience, concentration, and 3D visualization skills.

MANA: What type of materials do you use to make your jewelry?
KL: I use a variety of different materials like different pliers, wire cutters, metal stamps, beading thread, beading wire, metal, crimping beads, jump rings, clasps, earwires, headpins, and beads to make my jewelry.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Female Authors: Let MANA Display Your Book at Wormen''s Writers/Authors Conference



Are you a female author? Would you like a chance to have MarketingNewAuthors (MANA) display your book at a conference for female writers, authors, editors, publishers, and readers? 

Then contact MANA for information on exhibiting your book at the 2018 Women who Write Authors and Vendor Expo presented by the Hook A Sista Up Collaborative

The Expo will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, MI. 

Since this is an event for published and aspiring female authors, MANA is making a special offer for authors who want their books displayed at the tables of MANA and Robbie Dean Press, the parent company of MANA. 

The reasonable fee for MANA to exhibit your book is $50 per book (a limit of 2 books). Space availability is limited. 

Deadline to submit your check or money order to MANA is September 15, 2018. 

For more information, email MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Submissions Wanted: MANA's Summer/Fall Writers' Contest 2018

MarketingNewAuthors (MANA) is sponsoring the MANA Summer/Fall Writers’ Contest. Submissions begin on August 1, 2018. 
There will be three (3) categories in this new contest:

• Fiction
• Non-fiction
• Poetry

The top winner for each category will have his or her work set up as  an e-book that will be ready to submit to Amazon, if the writer so wishes. The work must be a maximum of 70,00 words.

The winners in each category will:

• Own full copyright.
• Have their own webpage on MANA’s website for the book as well as e-commerce services
• Garner 70% royalty per every e-book purchased from the MANA site.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Have You Thought Of Writing A Self-Help Book? Your Expertise is Needed

• Do you know anyone who is suffering from depression? 
• Are you helping to comfort someone whose loved one or friend committed suicide?
• Are you helping someone overcome the traumas of sexual abuse?

People are experiencing so many tragedies today. Turn on the news or read the breaking news on your phone app and see just how many people around you need some type of support and guidance. Someone has to be there for them, why can’t it be you?

If you have gone through these experiences yourself or you help others in your capacity as a social worker, grief counselor, or other professional, why not consider sharing the lessons you have learned by writing a self-help book?

You do not have to be a celebrity or a well-known author to write a self-help book. You may not have a household name but you may have just the thing that others are looking for that a famous person cannot provide for them. 

Writing May Be Difficult, But Remember You Are Helping Others 

Writing may not come easy to you, but keep in mind your goal of helping others. Unfortunately, writing about your experiences may evoke some tragic memories. For example, Laura Wade, author of The Lonely Girl Diaries, wrote a book based on the diary she kept during her separation—and eventual divorce. 

“Those memories are really hard for me to read even after all this time,” Wade said in a question-and-answer interview on the MANA Sunriser blog. For those who find themselves in a pending- or post-divorce situation, Wade advises that it might be hard to start over, “but you can do it.”

Helping Others “Beat the Odds”

Offering personal or professional advice lets others know that they are not alone; that there are others on the same path of change and recovery. 

Dr. Sharon Jean Ridella-Mehlos, author of Becoming Me Again: A Workbook for Sexually Abused Kids and Teens, uses her workbook to help young people get through the trauma of sexual abuse.  Dr. Ridella-Mehlos, a clinical psychologist, also helps people deal with anxiety and depression. Dr. Ridella-Mehlos says she wants to “help individuals find ways to beat the odds.” 

What would you write about that could help others overcome their trauma? 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

A Q&A WITH LAURA WADE, AUTHOR OF "THE LONELY GIRL DIARIES"

The Lonely Girl Diaries
MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) welcomes Laura Wade to the MANA Family of Authors. Ms. Wade is the author of The Lonely Girl Diaries, a non-fiction work detailing her experiences when her husband of over 20 years leaves her for another woman. The book is written as a collection of diary entries. 

MANA: Tell us about The Lonely Girl Diaries. What is the book about?
Laura Wade (LW): The Lonely Girl Diaries is about a woman who finds out her husband is cheating, and she is forced to live on the street. 

MANA: What inspired you to write your book as a diary?
LW: When I started to write, I really thought it would be for a short time, and I wanted to have everything on paper so that I would always remember what happened. 

MANA: What was the hardest part of the book for you to write?
LW: The hardest part was going back through my diaries and getting it on the computer. Those memories are really hard for me to read even after all this time. 

MANA: Does writing energize or exhaust you? And how does it energize or exhaust you? 
LW: Writing energizes me. At first it was out of boredom; then, it was how I cleared my head. I still write, just not as much. The TV gets in the way, so I always write outside. That's why I picked the cover art. It looks just like me. 

MANA: In what way did you grow from your personal experience?
LW: Well, it's been five years, and I'm living life the best I can. My ex-husband told me that I would never make it. I love proving him wrong. I even have a new car. 

MANA: What advice would you give to other women who are facing divorce and feel lonely?
LW: Ok, my advice is don't live on the street. It is very dangerous. If you are in this situation, you should find someone to stay with and never let anyone tell you that you can't do it on your own. It might be hard starting over and saying goodbye, but you can do it. 

MANA: What do you want readers to take away from your book?
LW: Hopefully, people will see that I loved my husband even though he was terrible to me. Getting rid of toxic people is very important if you want to heal and move on. 

MANA: Do you have any plans to write another book?
LW: Yes. The Lonely Girl Diaries is a series. From where the book ends is really just the beginning. Still, she has a lot to overcome. There is so much for her to see and do. She has lot of ups and downs. 

LW: Thank you for this interview and reading my book. 

Click HERE to preview or purchase The Lonely Girl Dairies.












Thursday, July 12, 2018

Check Out MANA's List of Summer Reads

Summertime is in full swing. So, what better time to spend some fun time at the beach or relax under the shade of a large tree. 

However you choose to enjoy yourself this summer, MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) has “Summer Reads” to take along with you. 

MANA has a huge assortment of books that can be read in any season. Here are just a few books of the many books to delve into this Summer. Click on the titles to preview the books on MANA's website:  


To read the first chapter of the book on MANA's Blog Short Story Page, click HERE.


Randy Grames had lived a routine life until the day he found a special box in his yard that would change his life forever. To read previous blog posts about author, Russ Grimes, click HERE




This book contains three short stories entitled “Dad’s TV,” “Dancer,” and “Roadkill.” Each story gives a different perspective of the challenges of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for veterans and those who care about them.

• Redball Mission by T. Patrick Devlin

Think private detective, “Sam Spade,” surviving the killing fields of Vietnam, only to return home and become embroiled in a murder, and that’s Redball Mission. Read the first chapter HERE. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

MANA's DR C Announces New Consultant Services to College Students!

MarketingNewAuthor.com's own Dr. C now offers one-on-one consultant services for college students who want help with improving their English writing skills. Listen to the video for more information about "DR C Consultant Services." 




To find out more about DR C Consultant Services, visit DR C's blog at: https://www.drcconsultant.com.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

4 Important Elements of the Writing Process

If there's one thing that's easy to do, it's to ignore your writing. Sure, you want to finish your manuscript and have your book published (eventually). But, you just can't find the time to write!! 

After all, writing takes time and concentration, and it’s difficult to make it a priority when you’re juggling multiple activities each day.

Yet, if you want to meet your goal of completing your manuscript and publishing your book, it’s important that you factor writing into your daily routine. After all, writing is arguably the heart of everything when it comes to publishing your book. 

To help you to prioritize your writing, here are 4 important elements of the writing process and questions to ask yourself:

1. Fit writing into your daily life in a practical way. 

• When will you find time to write?
• What are you willing to set aside in order to spend that time writing?
• Are you making writing a daily habit?

2. Find topics for your writing.

• What topics appeal to you? 
• Have you researched your topic? 
• How can you deliver your topic in a way that brings readers back to your next book?

3. Develop a long-term writing plan.

• How long do you expect it will take to complete your book?
• How long do you want your first book to be or is this important in your genre?
• What is your writing strategy for setting yourself apart from other writers in your genre?

4. Editing, proofreading and revising.

• What is your plan for editing your book to look as professional as possible?
• Have you checked your entire manuscript for grammatical errors and typos?
• Have you taken out unnecessary words or parts that stop the story from flowing?
• Do you periodically review your manuscript to make appropriate revisions? 


Need help in the editing, proofreading or publishing your manuscript, contact MarketingNewAuthors.com to see how we can help. Contact us today at iinfo@MarketingNewAuthors.com.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Before Your Write-THINK!


Anyone who has ever written a book—or attempted to write a book but never finished—knows how difficult it is to write the first word. However, once you get started, the words will flow. But the question is: How do you get started? 

The best way to get started is not writing, but thinking about writing. Writing your thoughts down will go a long way in helping you with the actual writing of your book. Here are 5 tips for you to think about to help you get started:

1. Think about what topics you know best. What’s your passion? Are you an expert in a specific niche? For example, if you are a master gardener, think about writing a “how to” book for the beginning gardener. Writing what you know isn’t difficult when you’re familiar with the subject.

2. Think about writing an outline for your book. Writing the outline before your actually write your manuscript helps you to plan and organize your content. It also helps you to streamline the writing process. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

MANA's Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas

For years, has the special mom in your life been writing poems, short stories, a short novel, or even a collection of recipes? "One day I want to get these published," she has said. Why not surprise her by making her dream come true?

MANA is offering a Mother's Day Author's Gift Certificate only for this upcoming Mother's Day. For a work of no more than 30,000 words, you can purchase this gift for your special lady. 

For orders made no later than Tuesday, May 8, MANA will send a gift certificate out to her by Mother's Day. And within six (6) months, MANA will have her book published with color covers, placed on its own webpage with e-commerce services, shipping and handling at no cost to you or author, and digital marketing for a year. All of these services are for a reasonable charge. 

Contact MANA for more details at info@marketingnewauthors.com.

ORDER A CUSTOMIZED SPECIAL GIFT FOR THE MOM IN YOUR LIFE
by Queen Netzo or MANA

Since all necklaces and broaches are not mass-made but designed on order by Kayla Laird, owner of Queen Netzo Designs, you need to place your order no later than Monday, May 7. 

For a necklace, you can order the "MOM" necklace or the necklace with the name on the front; of course, you can choose to place her name instead "DELTA." 

Then, either necklace can have names of children, a significant date, or her name on the side, or on the side this date for Mother's Day. You decide. 

Upon your making the order, via credit card or electronic check, the MANA Staff will contact you via the e-mail that accompanies the order. Then, you give the text wanted on the sides. The staff will direct the request to the jewelry maker. Then, via special delivery, your gift will be delivered.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

MANA's Dr. C Discusses Her New Launch Into Consulting English Students

Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott, affectionately called, MANA's "Dr. C," has a new consultancy service for college students who need assistance in improving their English skills. 

Watch the video to find out more information about Dr. C's consultancy.





To find out more about Dr. C's consultancy services, visit her website at: http://marketingnewauthors.biz/consultation/.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Brunch for ESL Professionals and Business Owners at Weber’s Inn on May 5

Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott, MANA's Dr. C is inviting business owners and professionals who speak English as a Second Language (ESL) to a "Meet-and-Greet Spring Brunch." The even will be held at Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor, MI at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 201008.

Dr. C now provides customized consultation to ESL business owners and professionals. View Dr. C's video to find out more information: 



The first six people who contact Dr. C and become a client will receive a significant discount on Dr. C's consultancy services. 

To make a reservation for the brunch, 

To make a reservation for the brunch, contact Dr. C at dr_c_consultant@aol.com. The deadline is April 21, 2018.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Are You Ready for MANA's Five-Day Grammar Challenge?


Would you like to test your knowledge of grammar? If so, then test out your skills in MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) "Five-Day Grammar Challenge." 

If you are able to meet and pass four challenges, you will get a free copy of the e-book version of MANA"s book on grammar, titled, Bare Essentials Bits—The Book. The book is based on a series of MANA's podcasts on grammar (go HERE to read our blog post about the book). 

You will also receive a $10 gift certificate to purchase any item on the MANA website. The certificate will last for six (6) months. 

The fifth challenge involves writing a 250-word short story for possible publication in the April or June issue of MANA's newsletter, The MANA Sunset.

Are you ready for the Grammar Challenge? 


Day 1 

INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. There are ten (10) grammatical errors in the paragraph below. Write the whole paragraph.

2. Under the paragraph, write the sentence and indicate the errors and explain why you feel such errors exist. 

3. E-mail the error to: info@marketingnewauthors.com.

PARAGRAPH:

When I pass from this life I want to be remembered for several things. Before you pass there might be many questions that others may want to remember. This question challenges many. This is an inquiry that periodically comes up in our minds. The number of people who mourn our life ending help up know how good of a life you have. Or that would be important to many of us. Important to many of us. 

Enjoy the challenge!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

MANA's Latest Released: "Bare Essentials Bits—The Book: Providing the Puzzle Pieces of Good Grammar, Precise Punctuation, and Accurate Word Choice

MANA's Latest Release!
When do you use:

Collective Nouns?
Replacer Nouns?
Singular Indefinite Pronouns?

We often use parts of speech, contractions, and other types of grammar in our writing and daily communication with others. Let’s face it, knowing how to use grammar correctly can become puzzling: 

“Did I use its correctly?” 
When do I use they’re?”
“Where do I put the comma in this sentence?” 

This can get confusing, and even embarrassing if you are a blogger, teacher, marketer or someone whose work goes public!

Last summer, MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) featured a successful series of weekly podcasts titled, “Bare Essential Bits.” (Go HERE to listen to the podcasts.) Because there appeared to be a substantial interest in the topic, Dr. Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, owner of MANA and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press, created Bare Essentials Bits—The Book: Providing the Puzzle Pieces of Good Grammar, Precise Punctuation, and Accurate Word Choice.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MANA's African-African Authors' Books Exhibited at the 92nd Annual Black History Month Luncheon in D.C.

MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) is celebrating Black History Month with a display of MANA books by African-American authors at the 92nd annual Black History Month luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 24th at the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 

The luncheon is hosted by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the founders of Black History Month. In 1926, ASALH’s founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, created the annual Black History celebration, which highlights a theme of historical and current importance. 

“Black History Month is our time to focus national attention on the significant events and achievements of African Americans who advanced freedom and democracy,” ASALH’s National President Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham said in a news release
Since MANA's inception in 2002, MANA has maintained its focus on providing authors of all ages and genre the opportunity not to just have a work printed but exhibited in various conferences. 

So, in celebration of Black History Month, MANA has publications of several of the African-American authors it represents will exhibited at the 92nd Annual Black History Luncheon on February 24.

Prior to the luncheon, a featured authors’ event which is free and open to the public will allow individuals to interact with authors from across the nation who have written on a variety of issues related to African Americans and other topics. A variety of book types will also be represented, ranging from children’s books to scholarly works. 

MANA will have several books written by its African-American authors on display.  If you plan to attend the luncheon, check out MANA’s display of books. To view MANA's list of publications, go HERE

The books are available for purchase on MANA's website at MarketingNewAuthors.com.

Friday, February 9, 2018

MANA Announces Winners of the 2017 MANA Blog Short Story Series Contest

MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) is pleased to announce Jenny Harp, as the 1st Place winner of the 2017 MANA Blog Short Story Series Contest. Ms. Harp's short story, "Daisy," will appear as a five-part installation in MANA's Short Story Series on The MANA Sunriser Blog. Read "Daisy" by clicking on the title.

Maria Cox is the 2nd Place winner for her story, "Working Late." Ms.Cox's story will also appear as a five-part installation story in MANA's Short Story Series. Read the latest installments of "Working Late" by clicking on the title. 

Ms. Cox is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and also treasurer of RWA/NYC. She has also served as president of the Phoenix Writers Club. When not writing fiction, Ms. Cox works as a technical writers. She resides in Queens, NY. You can visit her site at www.mariacox.net.

Last year, MANA put out a call for entries for the short story contest. The MANA Sunriser Blog features a Short Story Series as a “throwback” to the days when print newspapers and magazines published short stories that appear as a series. MANA has brought serials back to public life!. To read the short stories that are already posted, go to the right side of this blog to view the story list. 

Again, MANA congratulates Jenny Harp and Maria Cox for their first and second place wins, respectively. MANA also thanks other writers who participated. 

We hope you enjoy MANA's Short Story Series. 

If you have a short story that you would like to contribute to MANA's Short Story Series, contact MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com. We will review your story and notify you if we accept your story for publication. You will maintain full copyright. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

MANA's Latest Book Release: "Selling Memories: Poems and Tales for my Grandchildren When They Grow Up"


MANA is pleased to announce Rita Gitik's new book, Selling Memories: Poems and Tales For my Grandchildren When They Grow Up. This is Ms. Gitik's second book. The first is The Medici Heirs, also available on MANA's website. 


Gitik's new book of poems and tales touches every facet of life. Every tale and poem provide a special pathos that will touch the hearts and souls of many grandchildren who may think their grandmothers do not understand their many experiences with life. 

The following is a sample of her work title, Seven Septets:

I
I love you in more ways than you can count.
I'll always find new ways to love you.
A lemon-coloured butterfly
On the folds of my heart.
A purple-coloured butterfly
On the folds of my memory.
Can you measure my love fix for you, my lover?

II
One by one the guests arrive.
Invited and uninvited.
Carrying shreds of their lives
In battered suitcases.
Carrying shadows of their loved ones
In aching broken hearts.
Can we make them happy, my lover?

III
A queen.
A dancing queen.
A dancing queen taking chances for you.
A dancing queen taking chances for you, my lover.
Will I be your dancing queen taking chances for you?
A dancing queen...
A queen.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Contribute to MANA's 2018 Blog Continuous Short Story and Help "Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul"

After enjoying much success over the past five years, MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) will continue its annual fundraiser that helps non-profit organizations provide services to those in need. MANA does not ask for monetary contributions, but asks instead for written contributions to MANA’s Blog Continuous Short Story. 

MANA and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press, have supported various charitable projects over the years through posts on "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story.” Click HERE to read the 2017 Blog Continuous Short Story.

The designated charity for 2018 is "Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul." U-Haul International and Humble Design have teamed up to create a non-profit organization that helps families transition out of homeless shelters and into homes, according to the non-profit's website. 

Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul accepts donated household goods to provide furnishings and design services that turns an empty house into a clean, dignified and welcoming home. The non-profit has been featured on NBC Nightly News. Based in Pontiac, Michigan, Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul has locations in Chicago and Detroit, and plans to open locations in San Diego and Seattle.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Q&A With Karen Meyer, Author of "My Valentine Heart"

"My Valentine Heart"
by Karen Meyer
MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) welcomes Karen Meyer to the MANA Family of Authors.  Ms. Meyer is the author of My Valentine Heart, the story of two sisters who have their conflicts but overcome their problems through love.  Click HERE to preview or purchase My Valentine Heart on MANA's website

MANA: What is the title of your book? 
Karen Meyer (KM): My Valentine Heart.

MANA: Who are the main characters?
KM: Sisters, Allannah and Jacinta.

MANA: Can you give us a synopsis of your book?
KM: Fifth-grader, Allannah, is aggravated by Jacinta's interruptions while she is trying to make home-made valentines for her classmates. As Valentine's Day comes near, Allannah's heart becomes more loving toward her sister. As time passes, Jacinta is discovered by a boy who wants to spend time with her, leaving Allannah wondering, "Does she know she has a sister?" Mom works two jobs to keep the family housed and clothed and has also offered Grandma a home. The girls are shocked when Grandma wins a game they play. Mom loves her girls dearly and is satisfied to live in the memory of her late husband. Conflict arises when she is asked on a date. How do the girls feel about this? What does Grandma suggest?

MANA: How did you come up with the idea for the book?
KM: Thinking about how one can become loving toward a person who aggravates, when one realizes they have a choice to love instead. 

MANA: What do you want readers to get out of your new book after they read it?
KM:  I hope the reader sees that a family can be loving to each other even though there are differences.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

MANA Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final say in reality. Right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant." – Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"Sooner or later, all the peoples of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood." – Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

"The time is always right to do what is right."

"Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind." – Oberlin College Commencement



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Are You Ready To Become A MANA Author?

So,  just who is a MANA author? MANA authors are passionate about their subjects. MANA authors also put time and care in the development of their manuscript. 

The MANA Author knows that the submitted manuscript is a quality-written finished piece, needing editing but not total “reconstructive surgery. A MANA Author is willing to share the good news about his/her book and not just expect MANA to market the book.

If you want to know more about being a MANA author and get a deal on MANA's Winter 2018 Self-Publishing Plans, then go to MANA's website for more information.