mardi 24 juin 2014

The Trick Of Childrens Book Authors In Los Angeles

By Ina Hunt

It is not an easy affair writing books for children. This has lead to formation of writing cartels in Los Angeles. The groups help them overcome many difficulties involved in this writing process. Childrens book authors in Los Angeles usually engage themselves in many events. They discuss plots, themes, characters, writing styles and even the financial matters involved in writing.

In this city, writers also organize conferences with the intention of sharing their experiences and ideas in writing for children. In most of their conferences, they invite experienced editors, writers and publishers to guide upcoming writers on issues involved in the publishing process. They also provide information concerning the market. Such knowledge is very essential for writers since it helps them know what to touch on in order to be accepted by their readers. Children are very choosy, and any slight error in writing may lead to rejection of their books.

In these conferences, writers get the rare opportunity for meeting and interacting with the real opinion makers as far as children books are concerned. Both published and unpublished authors, publishers, editors and many other stakeholders are the targets for these meetings. They normally pay a registration fee after an online form-filling session before being officially incorporated into the group of those to attend the conference.

Besides conferences, writers in this city came up with independent groups of writers with similar goals to those of conferences. The Torrance Group is a nice example of associations of writers in the city. This group recruits members only after paying an amount totaling thirty dollars in a year or 50 dollars for every two years. This association is run by volunteers; registration fees only cater for all expenses incurred in the day to day activities of the group.

Once registered with such a group, writers get access to several benefits. These benefits include special treatment and invitations to all their critique sessions, discounted prices for workshops and access to a wide range of information on their website. The information is mostly meant to keep them informed of every activity organized for writers.

A major topic discussed during one of these conferences was diversity of characters, style and environment in children stories. Diversity entails reference to varied elements of people and their environment. It is true that children ought to associate themselves with the people in the stories. Similarly, they should see them in varied situations. They should see them pass through different encounters and hardships. In other words, authors ought to strive to create characters and actions that ring true. This enables children to grow up with real, and not ideal, mentalities about human beings.

The stories equally need involve a lot of adventure since kids love adventurous stories. In contemporary literature, for instance, almost every writer uses aliens, witch hunters vampires and predators and many other supernatural characters. Nevertheless, they should not use excessive adventure and forget about being realistic. Children need to see the characters as real human beings.

The amount of information acquired in the meeting and conferences, therefore, means that is very important for any writer and aspiring writer to attend them. They always emerge as better writers at the end of the meetings. They, therefore, increase their chances of being read.

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