Monday, February 23, 2015


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Harborlight Books

Writing and Illustrating

Posted: 22 Feb 2015 09:04 PM PST

Harbourlight_logo_150THarborlight Books is own by the Pelican Book Group. They accept a wide range of Christian Stories. You should check out their website. Most of their books are a 100% off this month. Nice covers, nice titles, nice stories, nice price. If you think you might like to write for them, you should download a few of their free books to help you decide on what they like.

Right now they are having their Christmas Holiday Extravaganza.
Extravaganza titles are novelette to novella length stories (between 15,000 and 25,000 words) to fill twenty-four special slots each Christmas season. Stories may fit either the White Rose Publishing (romance) or the Harbourlight Books (general fiction) imprint, but must have a Christmas theme. Submissions must be received on or before 1 May of each year in order to be considered for that year’s Extravaganza.
Stories must be Christian fiction, may be contemporary or historical, and may fall under any subgenre (e.g. romantic suspense, sci-fi,) To submit, please use the submission form found on our website. Be sure to note: CHRISTMAS SUBMISSION on the form.
Below are their general submission guidelines.

Harbourlight Books Guidelines

Please read our guidelines and submission process carefully. Do not submit queries that fall outside our guidelines, and do not submit your work in some fashion other than that outlined here.
What we are seeking:
§ All stories must be Christian fiction between 25,000 and 80,000 words.
§ Action-adventure
§ Mystery, (cozy or other)
§ Suspense, crime drama, police procedural
§ Family saga
§ Westerns
§ Women’s Fiction
The focus of a Harbourlight story should be conflict experienced by the main characters. These stories encompass protagonists who may, or may not, be spiritual at the onset, but come to realize through the progression of the plot that faith is a necessity. Protagonists should be layered, three-dimensional, people who struggle with decisions on a regular basis, using their existent or burgeoning faith to augment their growth both as individuals in the world and as Christians. Remember, Christians are emboldened by their faith, not burdened by it. Protagonists’ backgrounds do not have to be exemplary, but in the current story line, protagonists must have already come to terms with those issues which do not live up to Christian morality and virtue; their past immorality should not be overtly displayed on the page, but should be the catalyst for their internal conflict and growth.
Harbourlight books should convey life as it is lived, or can be lived, by people of faith. Because life can be humorous, mysterious, hazardous, and even a bit otherworldly, with angels popping in at times, Harbourlight books can encompass a variety of elements. The setting for Harbourlight books can be contemporary, historical or futuristic. They may even feature supernatural elements; however, an element of faith must be present in all Harbourlight stories without becoming overbearing or preachy. (Please take note that supernatural themes are not the same as paranormal themes. Supernatural themes must be limited to Christian elements [e.g. Angels would be acceptable; a talking witch’s familiar would not.])
Harbourlight books should be character-driven stories that have an emotional rise and fall. Even a police procedural should be conveyed through the observations and emotions of the protagonists. Feel free to delve into sensitive topics (e.g. infertility, terminal illness, infidelity), subjects that affect real people, but without profanity or nudity. Although Harbourlight does not publish romance novels, romantic tension between characters is encouraged as long as it does not overtake the story.
Protagonists should be Christian, or should be discovering Christianity. Elements of non-Christian faiths may be present in the story, but issues which deny the essence of mainline Christianity must not be conveyed as acceptable. (e.g. Denying the Trinity [One God in Three Persons] or denying the divinity of Christ, etc. would not work if conveyed as acceptable; however, showing someone struggling with these beliefs, and then coming to realize the truth of Christianity, might work.) Please specify in your query if your story includes elements of non-Christian religious beliefs, and briefly describe how they are handled within the story, and why they are essential to the plot.
We may publish what some would call edgy, i.e. stories that fall outside current CBA guidelines, however, please note that edgy doesn’t mean profane. It means gently colouring outside the lines because the story demands it.

If you are ready to submit, please use the submission form.
Talk tomorrow,



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

YELLVILLE MARCH 13 & 14 Library, Meet Authors, Artists and Food.

March 13 & 14, 2015 Yellville

Used Book Sale - Meet the Authors - Food & Fun

Used Book Sale

from the Friends of Marion County Library
to benefit the Marion County Library


Meet the Authors

Authors - Art - Food


March 13 & 14
10 - 4
Palette Art League Gallery
300 W Hwy 62 Yellville


Join us in Yellville March 13 & 14

Palette Art League Gallery
a 501 (c) 3 non-profit
300 Hwy 62 West, Yellville
Free table to display your books
No commission on sales
Meet & greet
We ask that you set your table up for the full 2 days and let us know when you can be physically present to meet and talk with people. We can discuss how you would like to handle any sales when you are not present. Please fill out the attached information sheet. Click Here
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Our mailing address is:
Chugach Arts Council
PO Box 467
Seward, AR 99664

Saturday, February 14, 2015

War Beneath the Waves by Mary Nida Smith - Petition for Endorsements and Reviews
My agent, Jeanie Loiacono, and I are seeking readers who would be interested in endorsing and reviewing my latest nonfiction, War Beneath the Waves, with possible inclusion on the cover, inside and most definitely on all the social media.
Skyhorse Publishing acquired the manuscript for Submarine Stories of World War II, which was previously published by Red Engine Press, 2008, and requested more stories. Now there will be about forty stories, other interesting information and lots more photos.  Many World War II submarine veterans shared their stories—stories that needed to be record for future generations to know the pains and fears of those brave, young men who helped win the war. The new edition will include 20th and 21st Century Submariners—between wars and quiet times—as well.
I am diligently searching for Vice Admiral Al Konetzni, USN (Ret) who is known to support and speak at WW II Submarine Veterans reunions. I have one of his business cards, but the information is outdated. If anyone has his contact information other than LinkedIn, please let me know.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


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Register for the ARSCBWI Conference!

William F. Laman Public Library, North Little Rock, AR
May 1-2, 2015

Join us for the 2015 Arkansas SCBWI Conference

Registration is now open for the Arkansas SCBWI Conference 2015, May 1-2 at the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock, Ark. Speakers include nonfiction author Carla McClafferty; illustrator Carol Schwartz; Julie Bliven, Associate Editor at Charlesbridge Publishing; and Emily Feinberg, Assistant Editor at Roaring Brook Press.
Conference information is now online at
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Monday, February 09, 2015

Saturday Writers - The Missouri Writer Guild

Plan to spend time with our group on Monday, February 16th for a Meet & Greet and Author Booksigning. Everyone Welcome to come say hello and do a some writer networking!
6:30-8:30 at Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar, O'Fallon, Missouri
We'll have copies of our 2014 anthology "Under the Surface" for sale ($15.00) or you can bring copies you already have for signing. Contributing authors are encouraged to come. More info


Small presses were also more prominent than ever before at the awards ceremony.
Missouri Writers Guild is a good organization to belong to -I am thinking about rejoining.
Mary Nida Smith

Friday, February 06, 2015


Amazing News: Free Comic Book Day to kick off Children's Book Week 2015!
Free Comic Book Day Kicks Off 96th Annual Children’s Book Week Celebration! February 5, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE(NEW YORK, NY & BALTIMORE,...