Don’t buy your child a Christmas gift until you’ve read this….

Give a gift to last a lifetime. The Good Manner Alphabets Book (how to be a super polite kid) is a picture book that offers a unique way to teach young children good manners using the 26 letters of the alphabet we all know. Each letter of the alphabet is represented, relating to teaching social standards with the principles of right conduct and good character. Good manners can be taught as soon as your child understands what you’re saying, therefore The Good Manner Alphabets Book was written mainly for young children. This book is based on the rules of good manners with the hope that children can have fun learning the rules of good conduct using the alphabets.

Why this book is important: If children are not polite and considerate in the homes, they cannot help showing that fact away from home. Good manners are a very important key to a child’s social success, but no one is born with good manners. Teaching children good manners is a daily process to help them develop social skills, showing them how to interact in a polite manner with people and also teaching them to treat others with respect.

After the hard work comes the award.

Reward your super polite kid with this beautiful “You’ve Got Good Manners” certificate, embossed with the Village Tales Publishing seal and signed by Sapo. Of course, it can also be signed by a parent or teacher.

The story behind the book: to inspire young children to learn respect, good values, ethics, morals and good behavior.

When I was layoff in 2009, most of my extended family members were also out of a job (no income or low income); and as school was about to close for the year, most did not know what they would do with their children during the summer—10 weeks! I had no luck finding employment while I worked on my other writing projects. I needed a break from my writing and an idea came to mind—run a small summer camp with the family kids! My mother, a retired school teacher and a few of the older children in the family (recent college graduates) liked the idea and joined me. A local pastor allowed us to use his church for the camp. (two of his children attended). The parents provided lunch, we planned indoor activities at the church and outdoor activities in the parks, all at no cost. Sharing my life with those 11 children for 10 weeks added more meaning to my life than anything else. That summer I wrote a booklet called, The Good Manners Alphabet Book. By the end of summer, the kids (age 4-11) had memorized all 26 one-liners of good manners using the alphabets.

Today, I have extended the booklet into a book and have added paragraphs to the one-liners so older children can enjoy it as well. I honestly hope this book help girls and boys become happier, more agreeable children and over time, adults who have turned into proper ladies and gentlemen. The least we can do is train our children’s eye to see how they may add to the enjoyment of others, therefore making friends. The right kind of friendship may give joy for a lifetime.

Double Headed—Writer/Publisher


Fewer people are reading today, and there’s more competition to sell your book than ever, especially if you are a self-published author. Why do I write? Not only is writing an absolute passion of mine, I write to entertain and hopefully educate while at it. Writing is also, sort of, a therapy for me. I am given the opportunity to express myself, and can also vent through the different characters I develop, also sweep up ideas of my mind into orderly thoughts and hopefully provoke change. Many of my characters are developed around society’s social ills and controversial issues, therefore allowing me a persuasive voice to get those points across.

During the 90’s, I started writing poems for the school paper and local community paper, then short stories and essays. Since then, I’ve written a book of poems (Journeys), a book of essays (My Dear Liberia), two children’s books (A is For Africa & Good Manners Alphabet Book), two collections of short stories (The Dowry of Virgins & other stories) and (Montserrado Stories), my first novel, Heart Men, in 2010 and its sequel (Dead Gods-HM2) to be released in 2014. I went through the effort to become a published author and the task was… mystifying, to say the least.

Writing has also given me the opportunity to ‘dip my foot into publishing’. When I started writing during the 90’s, it was next to impossible to get a major publisher interested in a book deal, especially if you were a novice writer without an established platform. I, along with two business partners, started Village Tales Publishing and was able to self-publish my first book, MY DEAR LIBERIA (Recollections) in 2004. Today, Village Tales Publishing provides those services other writers need to self-publish their book. Self-publishing enabled me to determine my own fate; becoming a professional writer and published author. But, self-publishing is not easy!

The role of the self-publisher is to produce a book that reads, looks and feels like any book from a major publisher. A quality book needs content editing, copyediting, layout and production, cover design and an ISBN (a unique tracking number for your book that identifies a title’s edition). Then, marketing and distribution! Oh, and accounting! You wear many hats.

My personal journey went from selecting the genre of my book to countless hours of research, to writing, re-writing, re-checking and re-editing as many times as I needed to, selecting the graphic for the book cover, fonts, typesetting interior pages, obtaining an ISBN for each title/format from Bowker (the official U.S. ISBN agency), book barcodes, copyright registration with the Library of Congress and registration of the title in Bowker Books in Print, which is used by all the major search engines and most bookstores and libraries. I acquired the skills of Microsoft Office (Publisher, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel & Access) and several Adobe programs (Photoshop, PageMaker, InDesign & Illustrator)… then, I understood what it takes to publish or get published. BTW, I also acquired the skills of website building (Dreamwever, html and xhtml languages, Joomla and WordPress) and social media (Tweeter, Facebook and Goodread).

As a writer/publisher—the obligation, that is, is double the pleasure; double the load! Writing is challenging, and getting it from manuscript into a book is even more challenging. Being a writer/publisher is like assuming the roles of mother and doctor at the same time—giving birth and doing the delivering yourself. You work very hard. You work long hours. But this is my passion. I love what I do and enjoy doing it. So, I approach every writing project as a labor of love and every book, a new baby.

Is all this hard work actually worth it? For me, YES! The reward is immeasurable! It’s almost not financial, but the reward lies in validation, appreciation and a sense of worth. When the readers fall in love with your creative world and its characters, the admiration is priceless. Money is important, of course, since it is a source of income. But it’s the readers that motivate me to keep writing.

If you are thinking about writing a book, or publishing one, or both, do not do it for financial gain. Financial success is far from reality (some writers do gain financial rewards), but that should never be the reason for writing or getting published. The journey is wonderfully challenging, so no matter what, never give up and… be encouraged.