Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Military Magazines are a good source to make money by pulling out stories from your book(s) and rewrite for publication. Or you can create new stories. Before you start check the guidelines of the magazine(s) to write to their specifications. Click on htttp:// and search military magazines. Military Magazines at and military links are two websites to find good information and don't forget to check out organizations associated with your military service. Remember, you can write and publish one story, poem or essay at a time and it will draw attention to your book which means more sales. Also, if you don't have a library in your community, find a near-by one or hold a book signing at your local fast food restaurant or the local garage where all the guys meet. Ladies do a signing at your local grocery store, craft store or the beauty salon. Talk to the owner or manager and remind them it will also generate attention to their business. You can both gain from a signing.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Military publishers, books, websites, meetings & conventions and so much more will be put up on this blog. So, keep clicking in. Military publishers can be found listed in the book publishers subject index of the WRITER'S MARKET published by Writer's Digest Books. If you want to learn about military books for children click on Go to your bookstore and library to check who publishes the type of book/books you are writing. Don't forget before you submit, check each one out at Preditors & Editors and write or e-mail other authors to ask questions. Professional writers are not afraid to share information. My book Submarine Stories of World War II has been placed on the Missouri Writers Guild Website Don't give up writing for your stories are important to you, your family and to us all.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

SUBMARINE STORIES OF WORLD WAR II by Mary Nida Smith is a site updated daily with submarines news and events.It is a very interesting site created and edited by Eric Ryle, a submarine veteran. Thanks Eric for placing my blog on your site.
SUBMARINE STORIES OF WORLD WAR II is written to honor all the men who have served and are serving today on submarines. Nine veterans share their experiences while serving during the 1940s. Many had never been away from home before they ventured beneath the sea to an unknown world of silence to spy and destroy enemy ships. It was a world which quickly changed naive teenagers into men who took home good and painful memories.
William Dreher - USS Boarfish SS-327
Melvin T. Smith USS Snapper-185
Marion Shinn USS Guavina SS-362
James Davidson SS Guitarro SS-363
Wayne Goodenow USS Sea Cat SS-399
Billy Grieves USS Thresher SS-200
Gail Diamond USS Scorpion SS-278
Joseph Blanchett USS Seal SS-183
Ervin O. Schmidt USS Saury SS-189
USS Torsk SS-423
Ervin Schmidt was aboard the USS California BB-44 when it was bombed at Pearl Harbor. James A. Davidson was living at the Armed Forces Retired Home Gulf port, Mississippi when hurricane Katrina arrived.
Irma Goodenow shares a love poem she wrote for her submarine husband of 59 years.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Members of the Arkansas Submarine Veterans of World War II Diamond Chapter are slowly blending with the Submarine Veterans Inc., which organized years later. November and December was very busy with the release of my non-fiction book Submarine Stories of World War II (for teens & adults) and attending submarine organizations' meetings. Plus, writing articles and the Arkansas Submarine Veterans of World War II newsletter. I mailed 80 last week. Also, an article and photos to the Wives of U.S. Submarine Veterans WWII magazine for the March issue. In-between were the holidays that kept me hopping. Saturday 29 December 2007 we went to the memorial service for Carl Bernard Velner as he sailed on his last patrol. He was a member of the Twin Lakes Submarine Base. He will be missed. I admire the closeness of the members when support is needed. Carl 's boats were the Clamagore SS-343, Manta SS-299, and the Sablefish SS- 303.