Interested in working with Mary Beth?
Mary Beth has built and led creative teams in the creation of numerous award-winning books, magazines, digital and educational resources.
• Strong project conceptualization skills:
- Selected entries and wrote text for Innovation Nation, an adaption for children of Ingenious by The Right Honourable David Johnston and Tom Jenkins.
- Pitched and co-edited Dreaming in Indian, an award-winning anthology of stories, photographs, art and poetry from more than 50 contributors on the experience of growing up Indigenous in North America. Selected as Kirkus Best Books 2014, School Library Journal Best Books 2014, and USBBY Outstanding International Books Award.
- Conceived and guided the development of numerous books. For example, proposed to author Elin Kelsey that she remove a section from a non-fiction manuscript and rework it as a picture book, the award-winning You Are Stardust.
- Worked with writers and illustrators to develop popular, comic characters such as The Vole Brothers and Max Finder.
- Part of the development team for Chirp, Canada's first magazine for pre-schoolers and recipient of more than 30 awards from parents and educators across North America. Editor when it won the National Magazine Award, Best New Magazine.
- Editor of OWL Magazine, leading a repositioning from a science/nature focus to an award-winning general interest magazine with significant increase in circulation.
• Keen visual sense with proven ability in creative direction of projects:
- Adept at finding and working successfully with emerging talents, including first-time book illustrator Soyeon Kim for You Are Stardust, winner of the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Illustrator's Award and Learn to Speak Music series first-time book designer and illustrator Jeff Kulak, Alcuin Book Design Awards, 2nd Place Reference.
- Commissioned portraits from internationally renowned artists for Legends, Icons and Rebels: Music that Changed the World.
• Skilled editor:
- Edited award-winning picture books, magazines, graphic stories, short stories, non-fiction books, articles and essays.
- Knowledge of all aspects of the publishing process, including acquisitions, editorial, art direction, production, marketing and licensing.
- Strong project management skills with proven track record planning, budgeting scheduling, hiring and managing creative teams on diverse projects.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, successfully motivating diverse authors, illustrators, designers and editors.
• Broad range of writing experience:
- Children's trade and educational books, stories and magazine articles for clients such as Tundra Books, Kids Can Press, Chirp Magazine and OWL Magazine.
- Contributed three non-fiction titles to Pearson Canada's Celebrate Canada Series.
- Research and report writing.
- Proposals and marketing materials.
- Teacher resources.
“I believe that powerful books challenge norms. They emerge in response to ideas that refuse to be constrained. Mary Beth sees the book that could be. She delights in bravely committing to making it better than the rest of us could even imagine. She creates the circumstances in which innovation and passion flourish. Through brilliant pairings of author, illustrator, designer - and deft edits, queries, gestures and conversations - she gives rise to remarkable books that change us, kids and authors alike, and the ways we come to see anew."
— Elin Kelsey, Award-winning Author and international leader in environmental science education
Mary Beth started her career in educational publishing and holds a Master of Education, in the Sociology of Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE).
• Provides market research, analysis and strategic publishing recommendations to trade and educational publishers:
- Experience conducting wide-ranging research with librarians and educators across Canada and the US for trade, educational and magazine publishers, government agencies and NGOs.
- In depth knowledge of current Indigenous Education practices and First Nation, Metis, and Inuit landscape.
- Analysis of provincial curricula across Canada and the Common Core State Standards in the US for clients such as Pearson Canada, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Ryerson and Orca Book Publishers.
- Thorough understanding of effective strategies and best practises in literacy.
- Assisted the Canadian International Development Agency in developing its Global Classroom Initiative.
• Develops learning resources:
- Editor of the Nunavut Literacy Framework.
- Consultant for implementation of the STEAM educational approach, providing guidance on the repositioning for OWL Magazine and creating web support material for educators and parents.
- Created global education resources for World Vision.
- Written teacher support materials for diverse clients such as Inhabit Media, Nelson Canada, Pearson Canada, and Tundra Books.