Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Children's Market Bio - Mary Nida Smith

Hopefully, I was able to put my bio together where it is understandable. From being a freelance writer for years I hope to be able to dedicate to my first love, writing for children. In between I wrote and studied how to write for children. I have lots of finished and unfinished  manuscripts. In the past I have received good feed back from editors. I have also visualized somewhat, how I want to set up my website with photographs and helpful information for teachers and fun things for kids. I am at peace and I know God has a plan.

Bio: Mary Nida Smith
Upcoming (poem accepted) Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis book to be published by National Geographic Society 2018.
Organizations:  Member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and founder of Children’s Writers & Illustrators (Mountain Home, AR); Attend: SCBWI AR and Missouri conferences and retreats.
Magazines: Kid Magazine Writers, Jan Fields, Editor (Blogging is Important)
                    Once Upon a Time (Writer’s Block) issue 2007
Newsletters: Mo Scribbles (SCBWI) Arkansas news columnist, plus article, “Eliminate Clutter and Stress.”  Reprinted in the Winter 2005 SCBWI Australian Chapter’s Newsletter Fine Lines “Eliminate Clutter and Stress”

Library Summer Program: Taught writing classes for children for two years at the Baxter County Library. A member of the Friends of the Library (Board member five years) and a member of Friends of the Library 15 years and volunteered when needed.

Blogs: Monthly 2009-2016 W.O.M David L. Harrison (Children’s book author) posted a monthly poem. My blog http://marynidasmith.blogspot.com (Life’s Beautiful Path) Freelance Writer and author of Submarine Stories of World War II (2008) and Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century (2015) For preteen & up and published by Skyhorse Publishing.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

List of publishers

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Thursday, February 09, 2017


The unbelievable stories of the heroic men who sailed under the sea.

In Heroes Beneath the Waves, many brave men who rode submarines to great depths and across the oceans into unknown territory share their experiences, fears, and thoughts. They allow us to travel back in time through their memories. Trained for years to keep silent—for “loose lips sink ships”—many still believe what they know to be classified and refuse to disclose even the minutest of recollections. Others, however, want to leave a legacy of reminiscences for people to learn and live by—to know that freedom is not free.

Some stories will never be told. Held within the secret confines of their souls, these deep sea veterans block them out for self-perseverance. Yet, there are others who will never escape their own minds; they relive their underwater experiences over and over with eyes open or shut.

Heroes Beneath the Waves is about teenage boys who left farms, small towns, and inner cities to defend the United States and democracy worldwide. Signing up for United States Navy submarine duty was an adventure of a lifetime during the early 1940s. Dreams of torpedoing Japanese and German ships and subs consumed their thoughts. Those who returned home as young men were older and wiser. Heroes Beneath the Waves was written to honor these men—gallant heroes—who served and are serving today on submarines

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Children's Author Sneed B. Collard III Event

On Valentine's Day next week, I'll be participating in the online National Biodiversity Teach-in. I will be giving a new presentation, but one that mirrors some of my talks for schools and conferences. The main difference is that you can sign your class up to watch this one For Free! To register click on Sneed's Biodiversity Presentation. My speaking time is 2:00 p.m. Central Time, which I realize may prevent you East-coasters from watching it, but I hope that many of the rest of you can take advantage of this student enrichment opportunity.

As always, thank you for your interest and send me an email if you have any (non-technical) questions!

Biodiversity Rocks!

Poem to be Published in National Geographic Society Book

I first placed this on my Facebook Monday, Bursary 6, 2017.

I don't know how to share my news, for there are people to thank and more updates I'll be placing on my blogs. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis asked me to write a poem about Arkansas for a book he was working on for the National Geographic Society last September 016. I did, and it was accepted by the publisher today. Release date around September 2018.
Next, I received a phone call from three-star Vice Admiral Al Konetzni, who will send a review of my book," Heroes Beneath the Waves," in a week or so. God works in mysterious ways.

Oklahoma City Writers.

The best fiction is always based on big ideas. (Pardon the alliteration). Multi-published, award winning author Eric Reitan will talk to Oklahoma City Writers about WRESTLING WITH BIG IDEAS IN YOUR WRITING: PROSPECTS AND PITFALLS on Saturday, Feb. 18. We meet at S. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th, OKC (between Robinson and Harvey) in room 130. Meeting starts at 10:15 a.m. You don't have to be a member to attend.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Poem Color the World

Color the World
© By Mary Nida Smith

Paint your world
In favorite colors,
Sunshine yellow,
Sky blue, jungle green,
Crayon colors of jell-O.

Don’t stop there
Need a new look
Gather a brush
Paint your friend
Superhero in a rush

The world’s canvas
Is yours to paint
Create scenic places
Brighten dark corners
Reflect happy faces.